Fears for the future of Grantham Library
Fears over the future of Grantham Library have been raised after it was revealed the building may be sold.
A county councillor says there is concern over its future because not only might Morrisons be considering selling that part of the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre, but the running of library services is also out to tender.
Coun Charmaine Morgan, who represents Grantham South, says she fears for local library services if a relocation of the library is on the cards.
She said: “Grantham Library is facing a potential relocation in addition to the LCC reorganisation.
“When LCC consulted over the future of our library they assured us Grantham library services would remain with slightly reduced hours. The current position does not reflect the public consultation position.
“The impact the changes will have cannot be identified until we know where the library may be located in future. I have asked to view the tender response as well. Until then we do not know what services and what hours the library will operate.”
Coun Morgan is a member of the county council’s community and public safety scrutiny committee, which received a report on the latest situation surrounding the country’s libraries last week.
The council has received three bids to run the county’s larger libraries. A number of smaller rural libraries could be run by communities.
Coun Morgan added: “The discussion around a move highlights why it is important we retain control of the buildings our public services are located in. Whatever happens I will be calling for our library hours and services to be protected.
“Any relocation should be to a suitable central site, near public transport and where public parking is available.
A spokesman for Morrisons said the company could not comment on any possible sale.