An Essex MP met with parish councillors to discuss the potential closure of North Weald Library this morning.

Conservative Alex Burghart of Brentwood and Ongar constituency met with North Weald Parish Council to review future services of the library in High Road.

Several residents and staff also attended to hear Essex County Council’s proposals of shutting down numerous libraries across the county.

Mr Burghart said: "I understand that Essex County Council is looking to save money but I am always very interested to hear how those decisions are impacting on local communities so I was very pleased to meet representatives of North Weald to hear how they are keen to keep library services open in the area."

Numerous community groups and North Weald residents currently use the public facility for societies, studying and free book access.

North Weald Bassett Parish Council chairman councillor Alan Buckley thanked Mr Burghart for taking the time to visit and listen to comments.

He said: "It was a very informative meeting and we appreciate his support and look forward to future discussions. I would also like to thank the local residents for their input."