Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaigners express their support

The campaigners outside Louth Library.
The campaigners outside Louth Library.

A group of councillors and local campaigners gathered at Louth Library today (February 14) to hand over flowers and chocolates to library staff.

The campaign, Save Lincolnshire Libraries, decided to give the Valentine’s Day gift to demonstrate their support and gratitude for the library staff, in light of recent uncertainty over the future of library services in Lincolnshire.

Labour councillor Sarah Dodds, who sits on the East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The arguments over the future of libraries in the county has been raging for more than eight months now. We are fortunate in Louth that we are keeping our library under the proposals – although with a cut of three hours a week.

“But it has been a period of huge uncertainty and worry for the staff. We want to say thank you for all they do – and, of course, to show that we love our library.”

Last year, Lincolnshire County Council Executive Committee decided to turn over most of the libraries in the county to volunteer groups (with a small amount of professional support) and to drastically reduce the mobile service. This decision is currently being challenged with a request for a judicial review.

The consultation over the proposed closures ended in September.