COUNCILLORS have vowed to fight proposals which could see the closure of Bidford’s library.

At Monday’s meeting of the parish council, vice-chairman Mike Gerrard said it was “outrageous” Warwickshire County Council seemed to be proposing the biggest cuts in the most rural areas.

“Within the county, Stratford and north Warwickshire are the two most rural districts,” he said.

“These are the places where the largest number of absolute closures are being proposed.

“I don’t think this is good enough. A rural district by definition requires amenities. We’re entitled to as full and fruitful life as anyone else.

“There are no proposed closures in Warwick – I think that’s a disgrace. To cut from the most rural areas displays a complete lack of vision on the part of the county council. It’s outrageous to take away from the least well provided districts in the county.”

Members agreed it was important to consider putting forward an alternative proposal but wanted to obtain figures for footfall and running costs before making a decision.

Chairman Fred Hiscocks said: “We were successful with the fire station because we made an alternative proposal. Lets get the figures and then make a proposal.”

In the meantime, the parish council will write to the county council to outline their concerns for any loss of library provision in the village. The letter will also be sent to other local parishes facing the possible closure of their library building.

The Journal reported last week how the future of Bidford Library hangs in the balance as it was identified by Warwickshire County Council among 16 library buildings considered “unsustainable in their current form”.

The authority is also considering reducing opening hours at a further 18 libraries in a bid to making £2 million in savings from the Library and Information Service’s £7.4 million budget.