Lincolnshire County Council approves consulting on plans to close libraries including Sutton on Sea and Alford

Lincolnshire County Council has approved going to consultation on proposals to close libraries including Sutton on Sea
Lincolnshire County Council has approved going to consultation on proposals to close libraries including Sutton on Sea

Lincolnshire County Council has approved going to consultation on proposals to close libraries in Sutton on Sea and Alford and cut hours at other libraries.

The council’s executive met this morning (Tuesday) to consider proposals to close 32 of the 47 libraries in Lincolnshire and cutting hours at other libraries.

A proposal to go to consultation was unanimously approved by members in the last few minutes.

Last week a community and public safety scrutiny committee has put forward a recommendation to the executive that it goes back to the drawing board and scraps plans to go out to consultation.

Unison has also expressed concerns over the plans, which would see 170 jobs axed across the county.

The county council is looking to save £125m over fours years and following Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review announcement last week, it may have to save even more.

The consultation will start tomorrow (Wednesday) and run until September 30.

The council is offering grants to communities which step forward to run their own library.

The council is offering £5,000 a year to run a library and up to 4,000 books, as well as a one-off payment of £15,000 for building works and equipment.