Northants puts libraries under threat

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed plans to close up to 28 libraries in a bid to save £115m over the next four years. The council has drawn up three proposals regarding the county’s 36 libraries - two would see 21 close and the third 28.

Authors have voiced their disapproval. Philip Pullman wrote on Twitter: “Somehow we’re letting our civilisation drain away into the sand, and the people in charge don’t think it matters" while local authors including Louise Jensen, Sue Moorcroft and Sue Bentley have signed a letter urging the council to reconsider

Author Philip Pullman.

A council spokesperson said the proposals were a result of "significant funding pressures”. He added: "We encourage community groups and other interested organisations to consider whether their local library is a facility they would like to take on and develop.”

Consultation on the proposals closes on January 13 and councillors will make a final decision on February 22.