A BUSY library has been saved after the council did a u-turn over plans to axe it.

Redbridge Council had earmarked Goodmayes Library, in Goodmayes Lane, for closure as part of the drive to save £25 million from its budget over the next three years.

Under the latest proposals, six of the borough's 14 libraries were due to shut or relocate in a bid to save as much as £2.3 million, but Goodmayes has now been spared.

Councillor Sue Nolan, cabinet member for leisure, said: “I have attended a number of meetings to discuss our budget proposals and, as with last year, I have listened to the community.

“I believe that there are alternative ways of providing the services in Goodmayes Library and I now look to the community to help deliver this valued service.

“There has been much talk about how we should provide the service in a different way and we are talking to other neighbouring boroughs in relation to shared services, but would welcome any initiatives that the community would also like me to consider.”

The council's cabinet will consider the proposed budget cuts at a meeting tomorrow night (February 15).