MORETON Town Council leader Rod Hooper is urging fellow councillors and local residents to attend a protest “read-in” at the town’s library next month.

Councillor Hooper said: “If you are available on that day please show your support.”

He told town councillors at their meeting last week that there was strong opposition to Gloucestershire County Council plans to cut library services in Moreton as part of £108million budget savings over the next four year.

“We have got to tell them a planning decision has been made at the Fire Service College and in that agreement they have got to give Moreton Library £40,000,” said Coun Hopper.

“If we are expecting to be the largest town in the north Cotswolds we have got to fight to keep this library open,” he added.

Moreton resident Robert Dutton said he had written to GCC objecting to their plans to have a “library link” in Moreton.

“Do members appreciate that Moreton is the most used library in the north Cotswolds? Given that why are they increasing service hours in Campden and Stow?” said Mr Dutton.

Bourton-on-the-Hill resident Carlin Anderson is organising a protest “read-in” at Moreton Library on Saturday, February 5 from 12noon to 2pm.