Libraries petition hits 2,500

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A campaign to save a public library in Spen rapidly gaining popularity and now has thousands of backers.

The Hands off Cleckheaton Public Library petition has more than 2,500 signatures and Coun Kath Pinnock, who helped start the campaign, said she is thrilled with its popularity.

She said: “The library is such an important part of our history and our heritage, and it would be such a shame to see it go.

“The support we have had has been brilliant and it is rising every day.

“It shows the people of Cleckheaton really care about their public library – and long may it continue!”

The plans to close most of Kirklees’s libraries was put forward at a policy committee meeting in the summer and would potentially see Cleckheaton Library close.

For more information about the campaign or to add your signature to the petition, visit