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Grantham Journal letter: Please be aware of library cuts




Library campaigners outside the High Court in London. From left, leader of the Labour group at Lincolnshire County Council John Hough, Labour county councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks, Labour's shadow minister for libraries Chris Bryant MP and Lesley Hough of Save Lincolnshire Libraries. EMN-150722-102523001
Library campaigners outside the High Court in London. From left, leader of the Labour group at Lincolnshire County Council John Hough, Labour county councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks, Labour's shadow minister for libraries Chris Bryant MP and Lesley Hough of Save Lincolnshire Libraries. EMN-150722-102523001

As a member of Save Lincolnshire Libraries, I feel your readers should be more aware that there were two legal challenges to Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to change library services in the county, in the last two years, not several challenges.

Council Leader Martin Hill should not use local newspapers to mislead taxpayers. The first challenge in July 2014 was lost by LCC, because they had not carried out the public consultation correctly, and were ordered by the Judge to carry out a second consultation last October. The second legal challenge was won by them in July this year. Coun Hill has not informed taxpayers how much their failed legal case cost, nor have the public been informed how much the original consultation exercise cost, which was carried out by Sheffield Hallam University in 2013.

The County Council has its own in-house legal department, so why did Couns Hill and Worth get it wrong from the beginning?

Libraries are useful facilities for those who wish to separate fact from fiction. Grantham is fortunate that it still retains its library. My local library is now a “community hub”, run by volunteers who are doing the job under very difficult circumstances, and limited funds.

It is now open for less than half its original hours. If I felt pedantic enough I could write to my local council and ask for a reduction in my council tax, as I no longer receive a service I very much valued.

Hazel Burnett

North Hykeham



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