Support our library before it’s too late

THREAT: Roger and Alma Johnson are worried Kirklees Council is going to close Mirfield Library. (d30111010)
THREAT: Roger and Alma Johnson are worried Kirklees Council is going to close Mirfield Library. (d30111010)

DO everything you can to support Mirfield library to save it from closure.

That’s the message from Roger Johnson, who has used the library for 30 years.

Library services across Kirklees are under review – and Mr Johnson is concerned Mirfield’s facility could be lost.

Now he wants people from the town to do everything they can to let Kirklees Council know how important the Huddersfield Road library is to them.

He said: “I think we are one of the best used libraries in Kirklees.

“Libraries are a soft target for cutbacks so we mustn’t be complacent. We need to make sure that we support the library and make sure it stays open.

“We don’t want to get to the stage where the decision has been made. We need to make sure the message gets through that Mirfield has to retain its library and the more we get that into the public frame the more support we will get.

“So many things are based at that hub and if we ever lost it, the focal point in Mirfield will be gone.”

Contact Roger on 01924 492594.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said spending across services was under review but no decisions had been made. And it was doing all it could to protect priority services and for vulnerable people.

He said: “The drastic cut in government funding means that all councils must look for potential reductions in expenditure. In Kirklees we are trying to balance the need to make over £80m in savings against the need to main high-quality services.”