The local campaign group Save Sutton on Sea Library are holding a public meeting on Thursday, 22nd August, from 6:00pm, in St Clements Church Hall, Church Lane, Sutton on Sea.
Coastal communities desperately need their libraries. There are particular problems in Lincolnshire with “hidden” poverty and social exclusion in isolated rural & coastal areas. Library cuts will only make this situation worse.
Like all councils, Lincolnshire has a statutory obligation to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service (Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964). We believe that these cuts would leave the county without a comprehensive service, and that the most deprived rural & coastal areas of Lincs would be hardest hit.
In the view of a Commons Select Committee Enquiry, “…the wholesale transfer of library branches to volunteer groups is unlikely to meet the statutory criterion of providing a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service“. Volunteers, when properly supported by library staff working together in the same building, can bring enthusiasm and passion to local libraries, but professionally-managed services ensure quality and equality for all library users, including the most vulnerable people in society.
You can contact Save Lincolnshire Libraries via our website, at: www.savelincslibraries.org.uk
Save Sutton on Sea Library have their own campaign website, at: savesoslibrary.webs.com