Following the three day High Court hearing in September 2011, the challenge to library closures in Gloucestershire and Somerset will be decided at 10.30am tomorrow, Wednesday 16 November 2011, at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London.
Some of the many Somerset and Gloucestershire residents who have tirelessly campaigned in opposition to the cuts to their library service will attend the hearing to hear the result.
In Gloucestershire, the County Council proposes to withdraw funding from 10 of 38 static libraries, leaving their long-term future in doubt. It also plans to withdraw the much-loved mobile library service – a lifeline to isolated communities and elderly care home residents – altogether. Similar cuts are proposed in Somerset, with 11 of 34 static libraries due to lose their funding and 4 of 6 mobile libraries already off the road.
Injunctions obtained by Public Interest Lawyers in both cases have until now prevented the Councils from going ahead with their unpopular plans.