Libraries under threat

Five libraries have been threatened with closure as Suffolk County Council looks to shave 30 per cent from its service budget.

Libraries at risk are Clare, Glemsford, Great Cornard, Lavenham and Long Melford, with the council beginning a consultation period on Tuesday in a bid to ask communities for their views on their future.

Sudbury’s newly-refurbished Market Hill building is not on the list of the 29 branch libraries across Suffolk at risk.

The consultation ends on April 30, and the council says it aims to encourage community and voluntary groups, businesses, local councils and individuals across Suffolk to have their say about ways to run their local library differently and at a reduced cost.