Have your say on Lincolnshire libraries

Lincolnshire County Council invites the public to have their say on the future of 30 libraries in the county. Photo: Åsmund Løvdal

Lincolnshire County Council invites the public to have their say on the future of 30 libraries in the county. Photo: Åsmund Løvdal

 

The County Council is opening a second round of consultations on the future of public libraries.

Original plans by the Lincolnshire County Council to scrap 30 libraries in the county was blocked by a judicial review in July.

The council wanted to stop paying professional staffing of the libraries and leave them in the hands of volunters to save money following budget cuts caused by the governments austerity measures. The annual savinsg would amount to £1.9 million.

Individuals and organisations are invited to give the county council feedback on how the libraries can be run.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said:
“Last year, we ran an extensive consultation seeking views on our own proposal as to how best to make the necessary savings.

“The views that were shared have been heard loud and clear, and will again be taken into consideration in making a fresh decision.

“This period of consultation is another opportunity for people to put forward alternative ideas for providing a comprehensive and efficient library service within the available budget.

“We are open-minded, so if you have a proposal, please complete the survey.”

The consultation runs from 1st to 31st October.

The quickest and easiest way to submit your proposals is by filling in the online form at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation, where you can also find details of the council’s own proposal.

Alternatively, you can take part at your local library or by calling the customer service centre on Freephone 0800 022 4966 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Any other questions about taking part in the consultation can be sent to librariesfeedback@lincolnshire.gov.uk .

It is expected that the executive will take a fresh decision on the future of the library service in February 2015.

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