SIBLE Hedingham library has been saved from the threat of closure.

Essex County Council made the announcement this morning.

Hedingham district councillor Hylton Johnson said: "I am absolutely delighted – I really am.

"We have worked very hard.

"The library is an essential part of the village structure, greatly benefitting many residents that use it, children's groups and so on.

"It is very, very important and it would have been an absolute tragedy if it had closed – it must be kept in place.

"We did campaign very hard on this during the recent elections. I have made several visits to the library to talk with the staff.

"This decision will please very many people."

County council leader David Finch this morning said none of the Essex libraries under threat will be forced to close.