NKDC’s library concerns

The ongoing consultation process on the county council’s plans to streamline the library service has generated concerns from North Kesteven District councillors.

The district executive board considered the plan for the restructuring of the library service to make it more efficient, including closure of community libraries at Ruskington and Metheringham, as well as reduced mobile library service, unless volunteers came forward.

Members expressed concern about the impact and wished to see the service retained across the district urging the county to work with parish councils and communities towards solutions. They required longer term assurances about financial support to volunteers. The executive were particularly concerned about the removal of libraries from the north of the district, instead relying on the Lincoln library, creating costs and difficulties of access. The council would explore options for housing a library within its NK Sports centre at North Hykeham.