Bilton Library decision due

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PLANS to keep Bilton Library open have been given a significant boost by North Yorkshire County Council.

The Friends of Bilton Library prepared a business plan to take over the running of the library from May 1 this year.

This week, an independent panel from the council considered the plans and commended them for being “coherent and well structured and a credit to those who have prepared the information”.

A spokesman for the council said: “The panel has recommended in a report that negotiations with the Friends on the service agreement and lease are completed before April 1, to enable them to take over the running of Bilton Library from May 1.”

The report from the panel will go before the county council’s assistant chief executive on Monday, who will decide whether to approve the recommendations in consultation with the executive member for library services.

After the county council announced it planned to stop running Bilton Library last year, the Friends of Bilton Library rallied to find enough volunteers to keep it open. Although the council will continue to supply books and IT services, the day-to-day running will be managed by volunteers.