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19 November 2013

Stevenson Responds to Moray Council Libraries U-Turn

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire and the Buchan Coast has responded to news that Moray Council Independent and Tory Administration has announced a major climb down on library closures.

Moray Council have stated that three libraries out of seven libraries will now remain open - Burghead, Dufftown and Cullen.

The Independent and Tory Administration claim that the reason for the U-turn was because they could not afford a lengthy period of litigation.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said

“Obviously, I welcome the news that Moray Council have decided to keep three libraries open, one of which that is based in Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency.

“However, despite this news, I feel that there is a strong case for the remaining libraries earmarked for closure to remain open.

“Libraries provide a vital service to rural communities, and the Independent and Tory Councillors in Moray Council have completely disregarded this. It is to the credit of the campaigners that they have forced the current administration to reconsider its decision. In light of this, I now hope that the Council will carefully consider the future of remaining four libraries and the mobile service."
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