FRESH hope has been given to Dorset’s nine threatened libraries after Dorset County Council agreed to have a second vote on the future of the service.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group of councillors Janet Dover has overseen a campaign to get the issue back on the agenda at the full council meeting on November 10.

Coun Dover has used council procedures that allow the vote to be retaken after she submitted an application signed by ten fellow councillors, all members of her party.

In July, at a meeting of the full council members, a proposal to withdraw core funding to nine of the county’s 34 libraries was passed by a single vote.

The libraries at Burton Bradstock and Charmouth face being removed from the council network next year and it will be up to the communities to take over the running of the facilities if they are to remain open. They have now been given another chance if the decision can be overturned.

• THE Charmouth group is calling on the community to attend the Help the Library at Hallowe’en event at the village hall on Friday.

Tickets are available from Fortnam, Smith and Banwell.