Moves to reopen six Aberdeen libraries and Bucksburn swimming pool have been thwarted.

One proposal to raid the local authority’s rainy-day reserves was rejected as the cash might be needed later this year for staff pay rises.

Cornhill, Cults, Ferryhill, Kaimhill, Northfield and Woodside libraries shut their doors for the final time in March, saving the council £280,000 a year.

Meanwhile, the community pool closed for good last month after Sport Aberdeen was hit with a £700,000 funding cut.

The decisions were made as part of the council’s budget, which aimed to plug a £47million financial gap.

The Press & Journal says attempts to save the freshly-mothballed facilities were made at a meeting of the council’s finances and resources committee yesterday.

The SNP and Lib Dems said the partnership stood by its budget and the “challenging” decisions made.

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