Revised plans for Lincolnshire libraries’ future due to be revealed

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Fresh plans for Lincolnshire’s library service will be published shortly, following a 13-week consultation.

Full details will be published on the County Council’s website on Friday November 22. Revisions are being made to the initial proposals announced earlier this year, taking into consideration feedback from the recent libraries consultation.

Leader of the Council, Martin Hill said: “Plans are still being finalised at this stage, but there are key areas being looked at as a result of the feedback we’ve had.

“One thing that was clear was that rural communities valued their mobile service, so the possibility of providing more stops than originally planned is being explored.

“Opening hours are also being reviewed because access to services was seen as important.

“So far we’ve had 42 expressions of interest from local councils, community groups and other organisations willing to take over local libraries or create a brand new community-run facility.

“There were concerns about the viability of these community-run libraries, so increasing the amount of professional advice they receive is being looked at.

“An extension of the deadline for these applications is also being considered so that the few communities that have yet to come forward have a second chance to do so.

“It’s also important that those stepping forward have sufficient time to develop a sound business case.

“Once the executive has received the final proposals and considered the advice of our professional libraries’ staff, we’ll take a decision on the best way forward.”

A volunteer group in Ruskington is pressing to maintain their library earmarked for closure as part of the consultation, while Heckington parish council is still pressing to have a permanent library based in its community rooms instead of the weekly mobile library visits.

For further details on the libraries consultation, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation