The county council is pressing ahead with a second consultation exercise on its plan to cut £2 million from its library service budget by handing 33 community libraries over to volunteers after its research into its original scheme was blocked by the High Court as being ‘flawed’.
The authority is inviting people to put forward alternative proposals for how a comprehensive and efficient library service can be provided within the reduced budget. Coun Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Last year, we ran an extensive consultation seeking views on our own proposal as to how best to make the necessary savings.
“The views that were shared have been heard loud and clear, and will again be taken into consideration in making a fresh decision. This period of consultation is another opportunity for people to put forward alternative ideas for providing a comprehensive and efficient library service within the available budget.”
The consultation runs until October 31. Submit your proposals by filling in the online form at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation. Alternatively, visit your local library or call the customer service centre on Freephone 0800 022 4966 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). Any other questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The executive will reconsider the future of the library service in February 2015.