FEARS that a much-loved library is to close are unfounded, say councillors for the area.

The building that houses at Skelton Library in east Cleveland will shut in the coming months raising concerns in the village.

However the library service, one of 13 run by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, will relocate into Skelton Civic Hall.

Members of the village’s parish council recently attended Redcar and Cleveland council’s to complain they had not been properly kept up to date.

But now Skelton councillors Helen McLuckie, herself on the cabinet, and Brian Briggs have issued a joint press release to reassure residents the service will not be lost. The idea is for to be the civic hall to be used as a ‘community hub’ as well as a library.

The pair said they had worked with council officers and leading councillors for over a year to build up a business case to relocate the library.

Coun Helen Mcluckie said: "The move of the library will bring enhanced services to Skelton. I have visited Redcar Library many times in my duties as a councillor and I am very impressed with what is on offer there. Skelton will be smaller, but similar to Redcar and I will be delighted once the move is complete."