Library cuts an ‘act of cultural vandalism’

It was a well attended consultation event in Sleaford last week when the public heard plans and commented on proposals to cut back the county’s library service.

The county council is looking to reshape library services to save money by reducing its service to 15 full and part-time council-staffed libraries, including Sleaford, with communities being encouraged to look at taking over their local library or create their own. The mobile library service would also be reduced.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “A range of views were offered on the proposals at the Sleaford meeting. Many people were supportive of our plans; others felt we should take a different approach. However, most people were confident that their opinion would be taken into consideration when we make a decision about the future of the service.” You can also comment at: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation or call 01522 782010 before September 30.

Sleaford Town Council has submitted its concerns. At the latest meeting, Coun Heather Lorimer, a former librarian, called the changes ‘totally unacceptable’. Coun Mark Allan said independent councillors were analysing the legality, with the mobile service being curtailed some people would be expected to travel for up to half an hour.

Coun David Suiter said more villagers would have to use Sleaford’s services: “It is an act of cultural vandalism.”