Lincolnshire library cuts passed by council

Lincolnshire library cuts passed by council

Plans to hand control of the bulk of Lincolnshire's libraries over to volunteers have been passed by Lincolnshire County Council.

Under the plans, up to 40 smaller libraries will be run by their local communities, with the council continuing to staff 15 larger libraries in central locations.

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, councillors have agreed "changes that will make library services more efficient".

Councillor Nick Worth, executive member for Libraries, said "expressions of interest" had been received for 25 existing libraries, with seven communities wanting to start new facilities. Communities will receive more than £5,000 per year towards running costs and professional advice, and can also get a one-off grant of £15,000 at set-up stage. The approach is said to have been devised in the light of a decline in usage and the need to save £2million per year.

Councillor Worth said: “One thing that was clear from the consultation was that rural communities valued their mobile services, so 146 more mobile stops were included in the revised proposals… We realise there were some people who wanted services to remain as they are, but with £2million less to spend that just wasn’t possible.

"However, I’m confident that we can now continue to provide a comprehensive library service across the county, but one that gives much better value for money."