Public to comment on library proposals

The county council has given the go-ahead to start public consultation restructuring library services.

Sleaford will remain one of 15 council staffed core town libraries staying open full or part-time.

Smaller communities with libraries such as Ruskington and Metheringham are being given the opportunity for volunteers to take over or create their own, with professional support. This includes villages whose mobile library service is set to be reduced in hours, such as Heckington, where parish councillors are already in negotiations about getting the funding to install a small library upstairs in the community rooms on St Andrew’s Street. Mobile stops that are discontinued will be replaced by a home library service for those unable to visit the nearest alternative due to disability.

A consultation event will be held at The Source in Southgate, Sleaford, on Tuesday, July 23, at 2pm.

A campaign group against the proposals has already been set up called Save Lincolnshire Libraries and Independent county councillor Marianne Overton voiced her concerns: “I appreciate the desire to make financial reductions, but we are required by law to provide a library service that is comprehensive and efficient. This does neither which could leave the council open to costly court procedures.”