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Dozens protest outside Library over planned Northamptonshire council cuts

Dozens protest outside Moulton Library in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of people have gathered outside Moulton Library in Northampton over planned cuts to County Council services.

£10 million pounds worth of cuts are on the table which could see 21 libraries handed over to community groups or closed.

Northamptonshire County Council says it doesn't get enough funding from the Government.

Library services are facing cuts by Northamptonshire County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The County Council is set to approve starting a consultation on their budget saving plans.

It says unprecedented demand for local services along with a reduction in government funding mean the authority is facing severe financial challenges.

"There is no denying that there are difficult decisions to be made, and the proposals we have before us will undoubtedly have an impact on local communities. Therefore, what we are looking to do with some of these proposals is gauge what role local communities themselves could have in the running of these services."

– County Council Leader Cllr Heather Smith

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15,000 support city centre flower seller 'forced out' by TK Maxx

More than 15,000 people have signed an online petition in support of a flower stall holder who's been forced to move from his pitch in Derby city centre because of a new clothing shop.

Jonathan Foster has been in the same spot for 23 years, but was told by the Derby City Council that TK Max doesn't want him in front of its new shop. The retailer says that's not entirely the case. Chris Halpin reports.

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