Moray’s library battle picks up pace in parliament and court

Stewart Stevenson MSP (right) to sign Book of Hope.

The fight to save seven libraries in Moray from closure will pick up pace this week as campaigners reveal details of their legal challenge and the issue is debated at the Scottish Parliament.

Save our Libraries Moray are today expected to reveal the local library user who has applied for legal aid to challenge the decision by the Independent and Tory councillors to close seven libraries and one mobile library from the end of this month.

Meanwhile a motion raised at the Scottish Parliament by Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP, Stewart Stevenson, is set to be debated at Holyrood where support for the campaign against closures has received widespread cross-party support.

Mr Stevenson will also sign a ‘Book of Hope’ at Cullen Post Office today – Cullen’s library is one of seven proposed for closure.

The book has been created in towns affected by the closures and is for local people to write and record what their library means to them – campaigners have invited their MSP to add his name to many people who have already signed.

Mr Stevenson said:  “The tenacity of the local campaigners is commendable and underlines the very strong case that exists for retaining the library here in Cullen.

“I will be taking the case for local libraries to Parliament next week with cross-party support and, even at this late stage, I would urge Moray Council’s administration to do the sensible thing and rethink this fundamentally-flawed decision.”

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