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NORTH YORKSHIRE CC FACES CRITICISM OVER LIBRARY CLOSURES

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The Yorkshire Post (p6) reports that a rural pressure group has condemned plans to axe up to 20 public libraries in...
The Yorkshire Post (p6) reports that a rural pressure group has condemned plans to axe up to 20 public libraries in villages across North Yorkshire.

The paper says that a confidential report has been drawn up by county hall officials detailing which of the 45 libraries are most at risk and senior staff have been warned to expect the worst.

North Yorkshire's head of library services Ray De Graff said details of the libraries potentially at risk had been kept confidential to avoid distressing staff unnecessarily before a final decision.

'Clearly if we had made the report public, it would have been easy for any one to identify staff.

'We have looked at a whole range of libraries of various sizes and measured them against a set of criteria including level of business, population served and their proximity to an alternative library.'
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