THE CONTROVERSIAL plans to move Barnsley's town centre library are expected to go ahead in March. 

Councillors are to meet within the next two weeks to rubber stamp a report that says the library on Shambles Street will close and will be temporarily be moved to Wellington Street.

The report says it is part of a £57 million town centre investment scheme that will eventually mean a new library for the town as well as a sixth form college.

If it is agreed by councillors it will mean the iconic library will close on March 21 and reopen at Wellington House on May 15.

A spokesman said: "There is a group of residents with strong opposition to the temporary move, who would prefer that the library remains in its existing location. Their views will be examined by councillors in full before a decision is made."

The final decision will be made by full council on Thursday, February 6.