A PUBLIC appeal has been launched to meet the costs of a legal challenge to the decision to close seven Moray libraries.
The Save our Libraries Moray campaign, formed by representatives from each of the local communities affected by the closures, has taken the first step in the legal process.
The group's short-term aim is to establish if a legal challenge against the decision should be launched, while long-term the group will work within the community to protect and improve library services.
Chairman Alistair Jeffs,from Dufftown, said: "We have consulted with a local solicitor and established that any challenge to the Moray Council decision would need to be made via a judicial review at the Court of Session.
"Details of our complaint has now been passed to advocates who will be in a position to advise us on if in their opinion a judicial review stands any chance of succeeding. We will also be informed of the likely costs involved in raising an action in the Court of Session.
"Clearly we will need to raise our costs through a public appeal and to that end we are asking anyone who might be in a position to support this to contact us."
Save our Libraries Moray can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Alistair Jeffs on 01340 821136.