Hancock backs threatened library

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AN MP has given his backing to a library that is threatened with closure.

Lakenheath Library was named last week as one of 29 community libraries that could be axed if nobody comes forward to take over their running.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, was at the library last Friday with Suffolk county councillor Colin Noble to show his support.

Mr Hancock said: “Suffolk County Council is looking to the community to take control of the library service here.

“I will fight to make sure that this important service continues.”

Suffolk is looking for alternative ways to run these community libraries.

The possibility of parish councils taking charge has been put forward, as well as libraries being merged with other services such as youth centres.

Cllr Noble said he was in the process of organising a public meeting in the village for the end of February so residents could have their say on the library’s future.

“We as a community can look at how we can get involved and how we can keep the library open.

“We’ll lay the challenge out and see what we can achieve,” he said.

Mr Hancock also visited Brandon library on Friday – another on the list of community libraries.