Second chance to speak on Lincolnshire library cuts

Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council
0
Have your say

A council has relaunched its consultation on cuts to library services after a high court judge ruled its original methods were flawed.

Lincolnshire County Council is once again asking for views on its plans to cut £2m from its annual £6m libraries budget.

Last year the authority voted to withdraw funding from 32 of its 47 libraries, including Deepings Library in Market Deeping. Hours would be cut from 55 to 50 per week at Stamford Library, but Bourne Library would be unaffected.

The council’s executive body also decided to make a series of changes to the mobile library service.

But campaign group Save Lincolnshire Libraries challenged the decision and took it to a judicial review. The judge found that the original consultation was flawed, and the council had failed to properly consider an bid to run the whole library service by not-for-profit group Greenwich Leisure.

This time the council says it is keen to hear alternative proposals on how the service can be run.

Executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) said: “Last year, we ran an extensive consultation seeking views on our own proposal as to how best to make the necessary savings.

“The views that were shared have been heard loud and clear, and will again be taken into consideration in making a fresh decision.

“This period of consultation is another opportunity for people to put forward alternative ideas for providing a comprehensive and efficient library service within the available budget.

“We are open-minded, so if you have a proposal, please complete the survey.”

The consultation runs until October 31. People can fill in an online form and see details of the council’s own proposal at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation.

Consultation forms are also available at county libraries or by calling 0800 022 4966.