Fury over library consultation not taking place in Mablethorpe or Sutton on Sea but instead in Louth where services are not at risk

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Discussions about the future of Lincolnshire’s library services were missed by residents along the coast after the vital meeting was held in Louth.

Instead of a consultation meeting taking place in one of the areas which are at risk, locals living in Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Alford were only given the option of attending the meeting in Louth, one of the areas which are safe from the cuts.

Spokesperson for Save Lincolnshire Libraries, Paul Stainthorp, said: “At the very least there should be one meeting for every library that’s under threat.

“The consultations should take place in the towns and villages that actually stand to lose funding for their local library, so that local people can attend.”

Lincolnshire County Council said their decision was based on areas that could accommodate the large volume of numbers expected at the meetings.

Jenny Gammon, assistant director for economy and culture at Lincolnshire County Council explained: “Given the anticipated high level of interest in these events, we chose venues that could hold around 100 people at locations spread across the county.

To add further dispute to the argument, people who want to attend consultation meetings have to book.

Paul added: “We’re surprised that people have to send an email via the council’s website to get permission to attend one of these events. Meetings should be public and open.”

Although the County Council explained that further meetings would be arranged if necessary.

Jenny continued: “We’ll be monitoring the response to the consultation and will look at organising further events if necessary.

“All the materials that will be made available at these events will be published on our website, where people can also offer their feedback on the proposals.

“Alternatively, people can pick up a hard copy of the survey at any library in the county.

“That means everyone will have a chance to have their say.”