Update: The council proposal can be viewed here.
Today (14/01/2015) Lincolnshire County Council will publish its proposals for the Library Service in Lincolnshire following its acceptance of the expression of interest by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL).
The expression of interest by GLL demonstrates how all libraries could be kept open in Lincolnshire, run by professional and paid staff, with the support of volunteers, within the budget allocated by the County Council.
This is what the plans of the County Council have to be judged against.
“It would be unacceptable if the County Council, having accepted GLL’s expression of interest, was to now come forward with plans to get organisations to bid for a significantly worse service than GLL were prepared to provide,” said Julie Harrison, spokesperson for Save Lincolnshire Libraries.
“Judge Collins made it very clear in the High Court that the County Council’s failure to engage with GLL in the first place meant that people in Lincolnshire would have got stuck with the reduced – some might say decimated – library service on offer, following the decision of December 2013.
“What we need today from the County Council is a declaration that what they want to see is an excellent modern library service across the whole county, not one dependent on the post code lottery of whether volunteers can be found. People in Lincolnshire deserve nothing less.”