Lincolnshire villages could lose mobile libraries

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Many village residents could lose their mobile library services if county council proposals are approved following a consultation.

Lincolnshire County Council needs to cut £2m from its annual £6m library budget by 2015.

It has launched a consultation on proposals to revamp the entire library system, with mobile services included.

In some areas the amount of time a mobile library spends there will actually increase.

Tier three locations will be visited by library vans for between six and eight hours every four weeks. This would be split either into four hours on a weekday or three hours on a Saturday every fortnight.

Places affected are Baston and Morton and Hanthorpe, which currently have a one hour visit every four weeks; Colsterworth and Langtoft, which have an hour and a half; and Northorpe, which has half an hour.

Tier four locations will have a service of one hour every four weeks. In Billingborough and Rippingale this means there is no change to the existing service.

In Castle Bytham, Tallington and Uffington the service will increase by 30 minutes. And in Corby Glen and Folkingham the visits will be cut by half an hour.

Some communities served by the Home Library Service, which delivers books directly to residents, will have their visits cut completely.

Aslackby, Braceborough, Greatford, Haconby, Kirkby Underwood, Little Bytham, Manthorpe, South Witham, Swinstead, Thurlby and Witham-on-the-Hill will all lose their service.

The council also wants to close 32 of its 47 permanent libraries, replacing some with mobile services and encouraging community and voluntary groups to run others.

Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping, is one of those earmarked for closure.

Opening hours at Stamford Library would be cut from 55 hours a week to 50.

Bourne Library will continue to open for 46 hours a week. The library is run by South Kesteven District Council as part of an arrangement made when it moved into the Corn Exchange with other town, district and county council services.

The consultation runs until September 30.

Visit the Lincolnshire County Council website to take part.