Libraries in Sutton on Sea and Alford under threat of closure as part of a raft of cuts proposed by Lincolnshire County Council

Sutton on Sea's library is just one of the sites which is under threat of closure. Photo: Trevor Bradford.
Sutton on Sea's library is just one of the sites which is under threat of closure. Photo: Trevor Bradford.
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The libraries in Sutton on Sea and Alford could both be closed as part of a raft of cuts across Lincolnshire’s ‘changing’ library service.

The wave of proposed closures was announced by Lincolnshire County Council last week after revealing it needs to make £2 million of savings from the county’s library service budget.

But assurances have been made within the plans that Mablethorpe’s library will be safe.

The slash in library provision will hit the coast hard unless volunteers can help to run these libraries. It is proposed to turn Sutton on Sea and Alford’s libraries to mobile services, resulting in 23 hours of library services lost for residents in those areas.

Both libraries are already supported in part thanks to the work of volunteers.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “The way in which libraries are used is changing, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country.

“Smart phones, tablets, Kindles and new technology are changing the way we do things.

“The library service is changing and our vision for this service is a comprehensive one, but one that remains affordable and efficient.”

County Coun for Sutton on Sea and Alford, Steve Palmer, said he will resist the changes and is urging people to support their library.

He added: “The government has been forcing people to use the internet for job searching and benefit claim applications and always said if you don’t have access to a computer, go to the library. How can they if they shut?

“I urge people to use your local library facilities before we lose them.”

Cuts would also be made to mobile library services along the coast including Anderby Creek, Bilsby, Huttoft, Sandilands and Theddlethorpe.