Future of libraries has still to be decided admits Lincolnshire County Council

Horncastle Library
Horncastle Library

Lincolnshire County Council is still looking for “a way forward” on the controversial future of local libraries, the News can reveal.

The council’s plans for wide-ranging cuts to libraries were thrown into chaos recently after campaigners won a High Court ruling.

Locally, opening hours at Horncastle Library were and the futures of libraries at Coningsby/Tattershall and Wragby were thrown into doubt with the council planning to hand control to community groups.

The council is coming under increasing pressure to announce any fresh plans.

However, Horncastle’s County Councillor Bill Aron has said the authority was still considering the High Court ruling.

Coun Aron, who is chairman of the County Council, added: “The executive members have been asked to reconsider their decision but the exact steps that need to be taken are still being determined.

“In the meantime, all libraries across Lincolnshire, including Horncastle, will remain open at their existing hours and will continue to do so until a final decision is reached on a way forward.”

There was strong opposition in Horncastle to cuts in opening hours.

Coun Aron was one of the leading figures in a campaign which persuaded bosses at County Hall to impose less stringent cuts.

He said it was difficult to comment further on the current situation, but stressed he was against any further reduction in hours.

The position at Coningsby/Tattershall and Wragby is complicated amid on-going doubts about funding - and locations for a community run library. It is understood talks are taking place at local level.