AN MP has welcomed a decision not to close libraries across Essex.

Harwich and North Essex MP Sir Bernard Jenkin has praised campaigners for fighting against the planned cutbacks proposed by Essex County Council.

He said: "I'm delighted that the campaign to save our libraries has succeeded and that the Essex County Council has listened and decided to keep all of our libraries open.

"I had particular concerns for Manningtree, West Mersea and Wivenhoe.

"All credit to the county council for being open-minded." Tendring councillor for Manningtree, Alan Coley also welcomed the decision.

He said: "The decision announced by Essex County Council that no library will close is great news.

"I have no doubt that the many and varied contributions to the consultation process has influenced that decision.

"The community has played its part in demonstrations and rallies, but also significantly in the thousands of letters, e-mails and consultation submissions, together with the detailed evidential rebuttal documents submitted.

"Our communities should be proud of themselves.

"Our libraries now require individual constructive review to determine what level of reinvestment may be required for them to meet the challenges ahead."

Full details on the future of libraries across Essex is expected to be revealed next week.