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Campaigners ready to fight to save Lincolnshire’s libraries

Campaigners are stepping up their fight to halt controversial changes which could close some libraries and cut the opening hours of others.

An action group has been formed in Horncastle after Lincolnshire County Council confirmed it planned to reduce the opening hours of the town’s library.

In Wragby, county councillor Denis Hoyes has vowed to help residents fight the threatened closure of their local library.

It is a similar story in Coningsby with the library - based at Gartree School - facing the axe.

Coun Hoyes said: “There is a lot of opposition across the county to what is being planned.

“With regard to Wragby, the library is only two and a half years old. The facilities are very good and well used.

“I will do everything I can to try and make sure it stays open.

“Ideally, we don’t want any libraries to close.”

Coun Hoyes said he would be lobbying in the “strongest possible terms” at County Hall.

He believes a public meeting could be organised in Wragby to formulate a plan to keep the library open.

In Horncastle, a public meeting has already been organised for Stanhope Hall.

A date has still to be finalised but organisers hope Coun Nick Worth - whose portfolio at County Hall includes libraries - will attend.

An action group has been set up by Horncastle resident Paul Stainthorp who is keen to hear from anyone opposed to the reduction in hours.

He is urging people to sign a countywide petition a and take part in the county council’s consultation which runs until September 30.

Horncastle county councillor Bill Aron said: “I am pleased Paul has called a meeting and I am helping him contact the portfolio member.

“We are pleased that the chairman of the scrutiny committee has already indicated he will attend as an observer.

“A meeting will help me gauge the feeling of people and I will be able to make further representation before the end of the consultation.

“It is very important that as many people as possible fill in the consultation paper and let me and the county council know their views.

“The proposals appear to levy a heavier blow on Horncastle than any of the other tier 1 or tier 2 libraries.”

Under the county council proposals, it is hoped some libraries will be run by unpaid volunteers. The volunteer scheme already operates on a partial basis at Woodhall Spa.

Paul Stainthorp can be contact by email on paul@paulstainthorpe.co.

 

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