PLANS for a protest march against library closures across Moray are gathering pace.
Next week’s Action Day in Burghead is taking place following the local authority’s budget decision, which will see seven of the area’s 15 facilities axed.
Burghead, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Hopeman, Portknockie and Rothes will lose their libraries unless opponents can force an 11th hour change of heart.
Angry opponents are urging people from communities impacted to turn out en masse to show the strength of feeling for the “vital resources”.
A procession through the streets of Burghead is planned, while a number of cultural activities will take place in protest at the slashing of the area’s arts budget.
“All are welcome on the Action Day, which will be held on Saturday, March 16,” said Joan Megson, who is one of the organisers.
“A procession will start at the playing fields in Burghead at 2pm, and will walk up Grant Street to the Pictish Fort on the Headland.
Moray Council made the library closure decision as part of its budget, agreed on February 13.
Announcing the budget, the council leader, Councillor Alan Wright, said the authority was faced with making savings of £30 million over four years.
Closing the facilities would see spending reduced by £200,000 in 2013.
To find out more about the day of action see The Northern Scot print version.