Libraries users are being asked if they want to see some services moved after council plans to close two sites caused a public backlash.

Waltham Forest council has extended its consultation on proposals to reshape the borough’s library services until January 31 next year.

The local authority is planning to close Higham Hill and Wood Street Libraries and the branches to Library Local “multi-purpose hubs”.

However, campaigns have been launched to keep both sites open, with online petitions collecting close to 2,000 signatures.

As a result, the council will now ask residents whether they want to see current services moved as part of the consultation.

Cllr Sharon Waldron, cabinet member for digital and customer services, said: “We have been listening to residents’ views about our vision for Waltham Forest’s Library Locals.

“We feel more time is needed to enable further consultation with the community about future plans, and make sure we’ve been as clear as possible about potential improvements,”

“We know how well-loved our library service is – something clearly evidenced by the response to our consultation so far.

“That is why we are committed to making our library service better at a time when neighbouring authorities are reducing theirs – something we have no intention of doing.”

In its current form, the Library Local scheme would see Higham Hill library move to a site in Priory Court and Wood Street switch to a yet-unbuilt centre on a redeveloped Marlowe Road estate.

The council has said the new centres will provide better accessibility and improved facilities for communities.

Campaigners have previously criticised the consultation process, claiming it offered “false choices” and would downsized services would affect children and older people.

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