Crail’s closure-threatened library has been given another reprieve.
The final decision on whether to accept a controversial plan to shut Crail Library along with 15 other libraries across Fife will be made at a full Council meeting in March.
Fife Council’s Executive Committee last month agreed Fife Cultural Trust’s plans to close the libraries but asked communities interested in running them themselves to submit proposals.
However, Council members were forced to reconsider their decision after a scrutiny committee expressed concerns about a lack of information. They urged councillors to provide £571,000 to keep the threatened libraries open for another year.
This would give time for further discussions about the finance needed for the closure programme.
Rather than agree to the Scrutiny Committee’s proposal to fund keeping the libraries open for another year members accepted a suggestion from Council Leader, David Ross to refer the decision to full council. He said: “Taking it to full council gives us another three to four weeks where we can have some discussion around these proposals and the issues raised.
“Hopefully we will arrive at some kind of compromise position.”