Moray campaigners vow to save remaining libraries

Moray Council could face a further challenge to its closure plans
Moray Council could face a further challenge to its closure plans
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CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to carry on their fight to retain all 15 libraries in Moray.

The Save of our Libraries Moray group today confirmed that they are considering continuing with a legal challenge against the council, despite yesterday’s decision by the administration to reprieve three libraries from the threat of closure but to press ahead with controversial plans to axe the libraries at Hopeman, Findochty, Portknockie and Rothes.

Alistair Jeffs, the chairman of the protest group, described the outcome of Wednesday’s council meeting as only a “partial victory.”

He said: “We will fight on to save the remaining four libraries quite simply because, as we have always insisted, it is a wrong decision on the grounds of equalities, lack of consultation with the communities concerned and a clear lack of clarity over what, if any, financial benefit would come to Moray Council from these closures.

“We will return to legal advisers in the light of this latest decision and look in detail at how it affects our legal challenge.”

Mr Jeffs added: “We are in a largely rural area. There is very title or no broadband access and public transport is difficult so there is a quite clear case for fighting on and trying to save the remaining libraries.”

The libraries reprieved from closure are at Cullen, Burghead and Dufftown.