Calls for a U-turn on Horncastle library

County councillor Bill Aron who is hoping for a big turn out at next week's meeting about Horncastle Library
County councillor Bill Aron who is hoping for a big turn out at next week's meeting about Horncastle Library

Over 700 people have signed a petition calling for Lincolnshire County Council to shelve plans to cut the opening hours of Horncastle library.

Under county-wide cutbacks designed to save money, the council is proposing to reduce Horncastle’s opening times by 15-hours-a-week.

The plans - combined with the possible closure and cuts at other local libraries - have led to storms of protests.

Now, town and county councillor Bill Aron is hoping for a big turn out at a public meeting next Thursday to discuss the proposals for Horncastle.

Coun Aron told the News: “As things stand, 729 people have signed the petition and I am delighted there are such strong feelings.

“There is still another month of the consultation process to go and hopefully even more people will come forward.”

Coun Aron confirmed members of a campaign group set up to oppose the cuts would be allowed to speak at the meeting, which will be held at the Admiral Rodney Hotel next Thursday (September 12) at 7pm.

Coun Nick Worth, whose portfolio at County Hall includes libraries, will also attend.

Coun Aron added: “Feelings are running high and the campaigners will have a chance to speak before an open forum.

“I have always maintained that sensible dialogue is the way to solve this and hopefully that will be the case at the meeting.

“It is a chance for reasoned debate.”

Coun Aron is backing calls for the library to avoid any cuts.

He added: “It is a ‘tier two’ library and provides a lot of other services apart from books, including housing advice.

“When you consider the cuts proposed in the mobile library service locally, I think there is a very strong case for Horncastle to maintain it’s existing hours.”

MP Sir Peter Tapsell is supporting the campaign but is unable to attend the meeting because of ‘parliamentary commitments.’a