FURIOUS politicians are calling on LiveWire to save Padgate Library after an Ofsted report found a neighbouring school does not have enough books.

Inspectors ordered University Academy Warrington on Insall Road to improve after a visit in November, when Ofsted said the school lacked a proper library.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones has been highly critical of plans to shut some libraries across the town, including Padgate Library which sits next to the school.

The Labour politician said: “This situation is fast becoming like something from Alice in Wonderland.

“The University Academy is short of books – while LiveWire are proposing to close the library next door! You just couldn’t make it up. 

“Surely, it cannot be beyond the wit of the school and LiveWire to team up and ensure the library becomes a real asset to the school.”

Poulton North councillors Graham Friend and Diana Bennett said they are working to keep the library open and are committed to helping pupils access a wide range books.

Cllr Friend and Cllr Bennett said: “We will be speaking to the school about extending its co-operation with the library.

“This seems to us to be a real opportunity and makes the argument to keep Padgate Library open even more compelling.

“All children should have access to the widest possible range of books – we are committed to making sure that students at University Academy do not miss out on the opportunities that a well-stocked and well-services library provides.”

A spokesperson from LiveWire, said: “No decisions have been made about the future of Padgate Library and we are still discussing options for the library with a range of partners.

“We met with the head teacher at University Academy Warrington last month to discuss working together more closely.

“Both LiveWire and the school are committed to encouraging more pupils and their families to access reading and learning resources in the future.”

Warrington Borough Council will have the final say on plans to close libraries and a decision is expected soon.