BREAKING NEWS: Lincolnshire County Council approves controversial library cuts

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Lincolnshire County Council has voted to implement proposals that will change the way the county’s libraries services are run.

The proposals will see the implementation of a two tier statutory service, a community-run service, and mobile library service.

Market Rasen will be listed as one of five ‘tier two’ libraries and will be open for 25 hours per week - a reduction of three hours from its current opening hours.

LCC has received an expression of interest from a community group in Wragby to run the library which was set for closure.

The ‘community-hub’ would be run by volunteers in a similar way to the library at Caistor but would be supported by the council until March 31, 2015.

The county council will also continue running its mobile service and discretion will be given to community officers when planning routes to maximise the reach of its service.

Market Rasen library will be stocked with at least 9,000 books, a minimum of five people’s network computers, printing and scanning facilities, community information and reference resources.

If a community group takes over the running of Wragby library it will receive a revenue grant of more than £5,000 and a one-off community investment of £15,000.

LCC executive member for libraries Coun Nick Worth said: “Caistor was one of the original libraries that started out on this process and have set the trend, but there are a lot of community libraries which are different in their own ways.

“I’m really pleased because we have come out with the potential for more static libraries than we started with and we are saving £1.73 million and we will still have a comprehensive and efficient service.”

The council will now be spending £4.3million on its library service compared to its current budget for 2013/14 which is set at £6.08million.

There will be a reduction in staffing of an estimated 102 posts across the county - equivalent to 35.5 full-time positions.