Fresh hope for future of Coningsby Library

Fresh hope: Could Coningsby and Tattershall Library remain at its current 'home'?
Fresh hope: Could Coningsby and Tattershall Library remain at its current 'home'?

Campaigners battling to keep the under-threat Coningsby and Tattershall Library open have received a welcome boost.

The library faces an uncertain future because of controversial cutbacks by Lincolnshire County Council.

Local community groups have expressed an interest in keeping the library ‘alive’.

However, the situation was complicated because the library is based in the ‘hub’ at the former Gartree School.

Under previous plans, the ‘hub’ was scheduled to return to school use, possibly as sixth form accommodation.

Now, the school is known as the Barnes Wallis Academy and has become an Academy as part of the David Ross Education Trust.

Local county councillor Colin Mair revealed he’s held talks with officials from the Education Trust who have indicated they might allow the hub - and the library - to remain at the current location.

Coun Mair, a leading figure in the fight to keep the library, said: “There is nothing official yet, but the situation is looking more positive and it would be great if the hub - and library - could stay at the school site.”

The development comes as the County Council continues to consider its position on the future of library services following a recent setback in the High Court.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “As you are aware, the council is required to give further consideration to its proposed changes to local library services, as a result of the recent judicial review.

“That means some additional work will be needed over the coming months, for which detailed plans are currently being drawn up by officers.

“Under our initial proposal, 74 per cent of Lincolnshire households would be able to reach a council-run library within 30 minutes by public transport.

“These would be complemented by a non-statutory network of community hubs and mobile libraries.

“This remains our preferred option but we accept that there may be other ways to deliver the library service we want for local people.

“We have been impressed by the willingness of communities and volunteers to work with us to develop a network of community hubs in the county.”