County Council set to reveal new library plans

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Fresh plans for Lincolnshire’s library service will be published shortly, following a 13-week consultation.

Full details will be published on the County Council’s website next Friday (22 November).

Revisions are being made to the initial proposals announced earlier this year, taking into consideration feedback from the recent libraries consultation.

The plans could have important ramifications for library users in Horncastle, Woodhsall Spa and Conginsby and Tattershall.

Opening hours could be cut in Horncastle and the library serving Coningsby and Tatteshall shut.

Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Plans are still being finalised at this stage, but there are key areas being looked at as a result of the feedback we’ve had.

“One thing that was clear was that rural communities valued their mobile service, so the possibility of providing more stops than originally planned is being explored.

“Opening hours are also being reviewed because access to services was seen as important.

“So far we’ve had 42 expressions of interest from local councils, community groups and other organisations willing to take over local libraries or create a brand new community-run facility.

“There were concerns about the viability of these community-run libraries, so increasing the amount of professional advice they receive is being looked at.

“An extension of the deadline for these applications is also being considered so that the few communities that have yet to come forward have a second chance to do so.

“It’s also important that those stepping forward have sufficient time to develop a sound business case.

“Once the executive has received the final proposals and considered the advice of our professional libraries’ staff, we’ll take a decision on the best way forward.”

For further details on the libraries consultation, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation