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Surrey County Council reacts:

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said:

Today’s decision is no reflection on our plans for communities to run local libraries with support from the county council.

Our aim all along has been to keep all Surrey’s libraries open and help them thrive, while elsewhere in the country branches are closing.

– Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council

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Surrey Libraries Unlawful

A county council's plan for 10 libraries to be run by volunteers was ruled unlawful by the High Court today.

Surrey County Council planned the community library scheme in a move aimed at keeping its 52 libraries open.

But two local residents succeeded in a judicial review challenge over the council's plans to remove all paid staff from 10 community libraries, leaving them to be run entirely by volunteers.

Mr Justice Wilkie, sitting in London, said the local authority "failed to have due regard to the equality issues" raised by the case.

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