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Campaigners consider legal action over library cuts

Market Rasen Library

Market Rasen Library

The fight to stop controversial cuts to Lincolnshire’s library services could still take another twist - in the form of legal action.

The Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign group has confirmed it is taking legal advice about the county council’s decision to revamp the current system in a bid to save money.

The group has revealed it has been meeting with Lincoln-based solicitors Burton and Co who are “preparing all the necessary documents to take further advice.”

In a statement, the group says it has been advised not to make any further comment because it could prejudice any possible future proceedings.

The county council’s executive committee pushed through a raft of changes last month, despite strong opposition.

The council says the changes will save up to £2m a year.

More than 23,000 people signed various petitions 
and the campaign group 
claims 30 libraries will either be closed or run by volunteers while 100 staff could lose their jobs.

The executive decision means Market Rasen Library will be open for 25 hours a week - a reduction of three hours. Caistor’s Library will be run by volunteers. Wragby Library only opened in May 2011. Despite this the council made a decision to remove its library services from the multi-million pound building unless a community group came forward to help run it.

The county council has received an expression of interest from a group in Wragby which will look to manage the site with the help of the council until April 2015. The group will receive a yearly revenue grant of more than £5,000 and a one-off community investment of £15,000.

 

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