East Lindsey District Council has responded to the County Council’s library consultation, stating that it doesn’t support the proposals put forward.
The official library consultation ended on September 30, but the District Council wanted to add their thoughts in the debate so they were able to voice their view.
The council are particularly concerned with library service reduction to a substantial amount of towns and villages in the East Lindsey district.
The Council’s portfolio holder for communities, Coun Sandra Harrison, said: “While we understand the situation Lincolnshire County Council is currently in financially due to the ongoing reductions in funding for local services, we have not been persuaded that innovative solutions have been fully explored or debated which could provide an ongoing library service through different means.
“East Lindsey District Council therefore continues to have concerns about the plans for the future of the library service in East Lindsey and the impact that the proposed changes could have some of the District’s more rural communities.
“Due to the sheer size of the District, at over 700 square miles, and the fact that many of its communities are very isolated, the Council feels that the static or mobile library is, for some, a lifeline to the outside world and a chance to access a service that otherwise would be inaccessible to them.”
Coun Harrison also added: “The Council also feels that while a 30-minute travel period highlighted in the proposals to a ‘hub/static’ library may be suitable for the more urban areas of Lincolnshire, the public transport network in East Lindsey does not serve all communities or serve them regularly enough for this to be a useful measure.
“Libraries are at the heart of many of communities in East Lindsey and offer much more than just loaning of books.
“They also provide a meeting place for local people and a critical access point to information which the Council feels if removed would have a detrimental effect on residents in not allowing them to access information.