Hope for future of library service after committee tells council to scrap plans

Campaigners fighting to save the county’s library service were given a glimmer of hope yesterday (Wednesday) after a committee recommended scrapping plans to close 32 libraries.

Lincolnshire County Council’s community and public safety scrutiny committee met to look into proposals by the council to cut £2m from its library budget.

The proposals include closing 32 of the 47 libraries in Lincolnshire, including those at Wragby, Welton and Caistor, and cutting hours at other libraries, including Market Rasen Library.

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

The executive will make the final decision as to whether to go out to consultation at a meeting on Tuesday, July 2.