6,000 speak out over library plans

Lincolnshire County Council
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More than 6,000 people took the chance to have their say on a county council’s plans to withdraw funding from 32 of its 47 libraries.

Lincolnshire County Council’s public consultation into changes to its library service ended on Monday.

Council officers will now analyse all the feedback and aim to prepare a report by early November.

The report will go before the council’s community and public safety scrutiny committee for recommendations on December 2 before a decision is made by the nine-person executive on December 3.

The council’s executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) said: “Despite the continuing decline in usage, we know there are still people who are passionate about libraries.

“And their views will be taken into consideration alongside those of everyone else who has responded to our consultation.”

Under the proposals, Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping, would be among the 32 to lose funding.

It has been classed among the tier three libraries in the county and would be replaced by a visit from a library van 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.

The council hopes volunteers will come forward to run the libraries that lose their funding, although campaigners in the Deepings are determined to keep a council-run service.

Libraries in both Stamford and Bourne would remain open, although opening hours in Stamford would be cut from 55 hours a week to 50.

Bourne Library, which is run by South Kesteven District Council from the Corn Exchange, will still open for 46 hours a week.

Many villages will have their mobile library service reduced or cut completely, although some will get longer visits.