County Council U-turn boost for local libraries

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Lincolnshire County Council has published new proposals for the future of the county’s library service following a public consultation.

Under the revised proposals, Louth and Mablethorpe libraries will be listed as two of the county’s 10 ‘Tier 1’ facilities with opening hours of between 40 and 48 a week

The libraries have been listed as Tier 1 libraries through criteria including user base and population.

Under these proposals Louth library hours would be:

Monday 9-5

Tuesday 9-5

Wednesday 9-2

Thursday 9-6

Friday 9-5

Saturday 9-4

This would give Louth 45 hours of library access time a week - a cut of three hours.

In Mablethorpe the hours would be:

Monday 9-5

Tuesday 9-5

Wednesday 9-5

Thursday 9-6

Friday 9-5

Saturday 9-4

This would leave Mablethorpe with 48 hours of access time - eight of these will include one LCC staff member working alongside Compass Point staff.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “One thing that was clear from the consultation was that rural communities valued their mobile services, so 146 more mobile stops have been included in the revised proposals.

“So far, we’ve had expressions of interest for 24 existing libraries, as well as seven communities wanting to create brand new facilities.”

The total amount which would be saved by the county council as a result of the revised proposals is £1,734,183.

This sees a reduction in the libraries budget from £6,085,955 to £4,351,772.

Under the revised proposals LCC will be spending over £250,000 than under their initial plans.

The proposals will see a reduction in staffing of roughly 102 posts which amounts to 35.5 full-time equivalent staff members.