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11 September 2013

Stevenson Condemns Moray Council Libraries Decision

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP, Stewart Stevenson, has condemned the decision taken by the Tory-led coalition running Moray Council to close seven of the Council’s libraries.

Three of the libraries to close - Cullen, Findochty and Portknockie - are in Mr Stevenson’s Constituency. The decision taken by the Council’s administration went against the advice of officials who highlighted serious concerns should these three libraries close and was opposed by SNP Councillors on Moray Council.

Commenting on the decision to close Cullen, Findochty and Portknockie Libraries, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“This decision will be devastating for the communities affected. The Council’s officials noted the detrimental effect that taking such a decision would have, especially on groups such as the elderly, the disabled and those families with young children.

“I am therefore disappointed to note the Council’s decision to press ahead with these changes.

“The vote yesterday seems even more baffling owing to the need for the people to access the internet. With the challenges that many people in rural areas face in getting online, coupled with the UK Government’s decision to force people to access their services online, I am at a loss as to how the Council’s administration have taken this decision.

“I have raised my concerns with the Chief Executive of Moray Council and am willing to support any of my constituent who will be affected by these changes.”
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