Angry residents slam cut in library hours

Horncastle Library's new opening times EMN-140805-152755001
Horncastle Library's new opening times EMN-140805-152755001

Horncastle’s county councillor Bill Aron has defended a reduction in the opening hours of the town’s library in the wake of fierce criticism.

Angry residents have bombarded the News with complaints after nine hours were slashed from the library’s opening times as part of a controversial raft of county-wide cuts.

Marie Aldridge, of Horncastle, said she had been using the library for 14 years and described the reduction in hours as ‘just too much.’

She claimed that if the authority made a better attempt to collect unpaid council tax bills, the library service would escape any cuts.

However, Coun Aron said opening hours had been reduced by less than first feared.

He told the News: “Although we have lost some hours, I am pleased to say it wasn’t as bad as first envisaged.

“I will be listening to those using the library and the effect the changes are having.

“By monitoring the situation, we will be able to see if the changes are having a detrimental effect and if so, I will see what can be done to resolve matters.

“Should anyone have any concerns then please contact me.”

Mrs Aldridge said: “I am not very happy about the situation.

“Some staff have gone and others have been moved around. It’s all just too much.

“The library should be an asset for the town. It draws people in.”

Vicky Brown, from Minting, said the cuts went too far and a reduction in evening opening times would hit children hard.

She added: “My children would use the library, but by the time they get home from school the library will be closed.”

Katheryne Lees, who lives near Louth, said she was upset by the cuts in hours - and in the mobile library service.

Student Sarah Lodge, 17, of Horncastle, added: “I’m at college in Lincoln but the library is not open in the evening now so it’s no good to me. I don’t know where I’m going to study now.”