UPDATE: Dunchurch residents rally round for its library

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Dunchurch library users attended a public meeting yesterday (Thursday) to discuss how to save it.

The branch is one of 16 that Warwickshire County Council has proposed to close following Government funding cuts. In response the parish council launched a petition and invited villagers to a meeting at Dunchurch Infants School at 7pm on Thursday.

Robin Aird, parish council chairman, said: “It is essential all residents of Dunchurch and the satellite villages who care about the library service take an active part in any campaign to save it.

“It is becoming clear that unless prompt action is taken by users and supporters of the service, it is highly likely it will close for ever.”

The changes, announced earlier this year, will be subject to a three month public consultation between March and June. However, the county council said the ‘pace and magnitude of the financial challenge’ would require ‘large scale reform’ and ‘difficult decisions’.

Andy Wardle, head of Dunchurch Junior School, said it would be a tragedy if the library closed and would hit people in harder-to-reach areas the hardest.

For more information about the meeting see next Thursday’s Rugby Advertiser.