No guarantees but library set to avoid cuts

Councillor Bill Aron EMN-151219-131457001
Councillor Bill Aron EMN-151219-131457001
  • Councillor says opening hours could increase

Horncastle could yet benefit from controversial changes to Lincoln shire’s library services, according to a leading county councillor.

The county council is set to hand over control of libraries to Greenwich Leisure Limited in April.

It follows a long - and expensive legal battle - after the county council revealed plans to save £2m from its annual library budget.

Horncastle Library has seen a reduction in opening hours but has avoided major cuts and even closures which have affected some other town’s and villages.

Bill Aron, who represents Horncastle at County Hall, is hoping Horncastle will avoid any further reductions.

Speaking at a recent town council meeting, he said pressure could be put on Greenwich to even increase opening hours.

Coun Aron was replying to Coun Matthew Wilkinson, who said he had concerns that the pending takeover would lead to yet more rcuts in opening hours and library services.

Coun Aron said: “There are absolutely no guarantees but hopefully there will be no more cuts.

“In fact, once things have settled down, perhaps we could engage with Greenwich and ask whether the hours and services could be expanded.”

Coun Aron said it was wrong to suggest major cuts would be needed across the county.

He revealed the county council had saved around £1.9m with the changes already implemented.

He added Greenwich could be asked to make plans for around £500,000 in additional savings.