Legal battle over libraries cost council £70,000

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 January 2012

Copyright Archant Ltd

LIBRARIES: A judicial review into library services cost Somerset County Council nearly £70,000.

The council planned to make savings of £1.35million by cutting library opening hours and axing mobile services. But the authority has revealed it cost £68,742 in legal fees when the decision was taken to judicial review at the High Court in November.

It also paid £2,590 in travel and accommodation fees during the hearing.

The High Court found the council’s planned changes to be unlawful and directed it to reverse the decision.

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