South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council debates library closures

Dumfries and Galloway Council has debated cost-cutting measures including the closure of seven libraries.

It is part of a set of proposals to be outlined to the authority as it tries to make savings of £20m next year.

Libraries in Gatehouse of Fleet, Eastriggs, Dalry, Lochmaben, Whithorn, Port William and Lochside in Dumfries could be shut under the plans.

It was the first of a series of meetings looking at savings before a full council debate in December.

Opposition Labour group councillors have warned the proposals to the resources committee were the "tip of the iceberg".

The council has said any savings targets will only be fully known once the Scottish government's spending review is published this week.

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