County in two libraries ‘no confidence’ bids

Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill (Con) ENGEMN00120130731130031
Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill (Con) ENGEMN00120130731130031

Market Rasen county councillor Burt Keimach is opposing two separate ‘no confidence’ moves against the executive and leader of Lincolnshire County Council.

UKIP has forced a ‘no confidence’ motion at this Friday’s council meeting, which comes as Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaigners have launched an online petition demanding the same.

Last week, Council Leader Martin Hill apologised for the handling of consultation regarding the libraries. This followed a Judicial Review in July quashing council plans to save £2 million from the libraries budget, placing them into community hands, threatening the futures of some.

UKIP and the campaigners say their moves are to recognise money wasted on the consultation and how the process was mismanaged, a process which now must start again.

However, Coun Keimach, a Conservative, says Coun Hill has admitted his “small mistake” and he was confident the ruling Conservatives and its allies would “fight them off as we have the numbers.”

The county council, he says, must save £90 million out of its £1.1 billion budget this year, a budget which will be halved in the coming decade. “Market Rasen’s library wasn’t affected (by the proposals) but the principle of saving money is a proper one.”