Aberdeen library closures come in for judicial review

Aberdeen library closures come in for judicial review

Judicial review of the closure of a library and swimming pool in Aberdeen has been sought.

The action comes after Aberdeen City Council made an announcement in March over the closure of six libraries as part of the council’s budget implementation.

Approval for the closure of Bucksburn Swimming Pool was also granted.

In collaboration with campaigners, lawyers have now submitted the initial petition, encompassing both the swimming pool and Woodside Library.

Additional petitions concerning Ferryhill, Cults, Cornhill, Kaimhill and Northfield libraries are anticipated to be submitted later this week.

Aberdeen City Council said it will refrain from making any comments due to ongoing legal proceedings.

Previously, representatives from the Save Aberdeen Libraries and Save Bucksburn Swimming Pool campaigns held meetings with lawyers from Govan Law Centre and Grampian Community Law Centre.

The legal advice received suggested that the closures might be unlawful and susceptible to legal challenge through a petition for judicial review at the Court of Session.

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