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Commission to consider libraries decision

By SPP Reporter

A COMPLAINT to the equalities watchdog over the decision to axe nearly half of Moray’s libraries is due to be considered today.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will meet to examine the objection, lodged by the SNP opposition group on Moray Council.

Seven of the area’s libraries – Burghead, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Hopeman, Portknockie and Rothes – as well as one of two mobile libraries are set to be closed.

The closure programme was agreed by the Independent-Tory administration of the council by 13 votes to 10 during a meeting of the local authority last month.

The ‘Save Our Libraries – Moray’ group, established in the wake of the decision, has since swung into action and arranged a number of protests, as well as considering legal action.

The leader of Moray Council, Councillor Allan Wright, earlier said that the decision to close the libraries would not be revisited unless the authority was instructed to do so by an outside agency.

Councillor Wright said a network of eight libraries was sufficient for the needs of the public.

The programme was agreed in the administration’s February budget under a raft of measures to save the authority £30 million.

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