Consultation on Lincolnshire library cuts extended to end of October

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The county council is launching an additional period of consultation on the future of Lincolnshire’s libraries.

Lincolnshire County Council is inviting people to put forward alternative proposals for how a comprehensive and efficient library service can be provided within the council’s reduced budget.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Last year, we ran an extensive consultation seeking views on our own proposal as to how best to make the necessary savings.

“The views that were shared have been heard loud and clear, and will again be taken into consideration in making a fresh decision. This period of consultation is another opportunity for people to put forward alternative ideas for providing a comprehensive and efficient library service within the available budget.

“We are open-minded, so if you have a proposal, please complete the survey.”

The consultation runs from 1 to 31 October.

The quickest and easiest way to submit your proposals is by filling in the online form at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation, where you can also find details of the council’s own proposal.

Alternatively, you can take part at Grantham library or by calling the customer service centre on Freephone 0800 022 4966 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Any other questions about taking part in the consultation can be sent to librariesfeedback@lincolnshire.gov.uk

The executive is expected to take a fresh decision on the future of the library service in February 2015.

The extension to the consultation is the result of a High Court ruling in July. The High Court upheld a challenge made by campaigners to the council’s plans to withdraw funding from 32 of its 47 libraries.

Mr Justice Collins ruled in favour of the judicial review brought by Save Lincolnshire Libraries to stop libraries being turned into community hubs, as LCC aimed to save £1.7million from its budget.