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Leicestershire libraries in need of volunteers to run service

Just like the post office and the corner shop, the local library has always been a familiar fixture in our towns and villages.

But now libraries in the East Midlands are facing an uncertain future, as councils make drastic cuts to their community budgets.

In Leicestershire they are consulting to find out if library users would be willing to run the service themselves. Jane Hesketh reports.

To have your say on the proposed library changes in Leicestershire, click here.

Council: Library volunteers would get 'support package'

Head of Library Services for Leicestershire Council Council Nigel Thomas says, those volunteering to help run community libraries will get help to pay for buildings and IT systems.

The council are calling on community groups to run up to 36 libraries across the county, which would otherwise have to close as part of budget cuts.

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Leicestershire libraries need volunteers to stay open

A consultation process has started into planned cutbacks to library services Credit: ITV News Central

A consultation has started on the future of libraries in Leicestershire with the council saying 36 will close if volunteers don't come forward.

The council wants to cut eight hundred thousand pounds from its five and a half million pound libraries budget. It will continue to run 16 of the most used libraries, but are asking people who use smaller ones, to see if they would be willing to run them voluntarily.

Leicester church and surrounding area closed off

St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has closed its doors and the surrounding area is to be closed off to pedestrians today for up to six months over fears for the safety of the spire.

St Mary De Castro is an iconic part of Leicester's Old Town, and we will work closely with the church to ensure that these important repairs are completed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the nature of the work does mean that the pedestrian walkway of Castle View, along the church itself, will be closed to visitors for a time. It is vital that the church carries out this work to ensure that this beautiful historic building is made safe so that generations of future visitors can continue to enjoy it.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester

Historic Leicester church spire at risk of collapse

The spire on St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has been pronounced unsafe and at risk of collapse.

From today the pedestrian route through Castle View and the area around the church will be closed off to the public.

Scaffolding is going to be erected before the spire is dismantled and rebuilt. Work could take six months and the area will be closed off and church closed to visitors

It is believed that the Middle Ages poet Geoffrey Chaucer was married in the church in 1366.

St Mary de Castro Church in Leicester city centre Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester church closed and surrounding area to be roped off over spire fears

St Mary de Castro church, Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The area around St Mary de Castro church in Leicester is to be cordoned off today to pedestrians for up to six months after safety inspections found the church spire to be "in a dangerous state and at risk of collapse".

The church has been running a "Save Our Spire" campaign for the last year.

The poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote the Canterbury Tales, is thought to have been married here.

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