County Council is a “disgrace” says Mair

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The future of Coningsby and Tattershall Library is hanging by a thread amid claims Lincolnshire County Council has acted “disgracefully.”

The authority is pushing ahead with controversial plans which could see 30 libraries either shut or handed over to volunteers.

The decision comes despite a High Court ruling that the changes are effectively unlawful.

Hopes Coningsby and Tattershall Library could be run by volunteers appear to have fallen through as local town and parish council councils aren’t prepared to offer funding.

Both councils are concerned about the burden on taxpayers and there are doubts about the future of the current library building at the Barnes Wallis Academy.

UKIP’s Colin Mair, who represents Tattershall Castle ward at County Hall, said: “The behaviour of the County Council has been a disgrace.

“A lot of our libraries are not just buildings with shelves full of books.

“If you look at the library in Tattershall, it has the district council office, the parish council office, 10 computer stations, tourist advice, sales of National Express bus tickets and a meeting venue for several groups.

“We had plenty of volunteers to run the ‘hub’ but the two local parish councils could not impose an extra charge on communities they feel are already stretched, so it appears we will lose a vital community resource. “

Coun Mair hit back at County Council supremo Martin Hill who had accused him of lacking the leadership to keep the library open, saying he was learning to loath politicians who “played games at the expense of communities.”