Reaction to library consultation

Campaign group Save Our Libraries has expressed their disappointment at the news Lincolnshire County Council will be going ahead with the library consultatuion.

“It’s the market towns and villages that will be hit hardest by library cuts,” said Spokesman Paul Stainthorp.

“You may be lucky enough to end up with only a half-hour bus ride to the nearest council-run library – the county council thinks this should be good enough for you.

“But for many people, the rising cost of travel means that a visit to the library will become an occasional luxury.”

The council’s executive met today, Tuesday, to consider proposals to close 32 of the 47 libraries in Lincolnshire, including the libraries at Caistor, Wragby and Welton, and cutting hours at other libraries, including Market Rasen.

A proposal to go to consultation was unanimously approved by members.

Last week, a community and public safety scrutiny committee had put forward a recommendation to the executive that it goes back to the drawing board and scraps plans to go out to consultation.

A number of campaigns have already been started across the county and petitions set up.

An open day at Wragby Library this Friday, July 5 is being held to get the support of residents for the Save the Libraries campaign.

For more on the Save Our Libraries campaign log on to www.savelincslibraries.org.uk