Protest march to save town library

CAMPAIGNERS marched through a town to protest at county council plans that could see their local library closed down.

More than 200 people paraded through the town centre streets of Leiston this morning, waving placards and holding banners, with slogans such as “OUR BIG SOCIETY DEMANDS: SAVE LEISTON LIBRARY”.

The march ended at the library in Old Post Office Square, with speakers addressing the gathered campaigners.

Leiston Library is one of the 29 branches across Suffolk that the county council is hoping to offload to community groups.

But if nobody comes forward to run the libraries, they will be closed down in a bid to save more than �2million.

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Steve Smedley, organiser of the protest, said: “There is a very real risk that Leiston Library could close in April 2012 when the council’s funding is withdrawn.

“The library is a vital community resource and we cannot allow it to close under any circumstances.”

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