JOIN THE PROTEST TUESDAY – County Offices at 9.15 on Tuesday January 27th, to coincide with the scrutiny committee meeting at 10am to discuss one topic, Libraries and the future shape of the service. The Scrutiny Committee is being recommended to approve the plan to cut 30 libraries out of the current network and ask volunteers to run them, to cut hours at the other libraries and to slash the mobile service. The Executive Committee will discuss their views and make a decision about the future of libraries on February 3rd.
Address: Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL
We’d also very much like campaigners to attend the scrutiny meeting at 10am. We do not believe the public can contribute to the debate, but your presence will let councillors know they are being watched and judged on their actions. Julie Harrison will be speaking on behalf of the SLL campaign. Please note, numbers inside the room will be limited by space.
If you cannot attend (let’s face it, it’s a working day), please do two things:
1) Tweet your support using #LincsLibraryScrutiny so the campaign can RT your message.
2) Fire off a quick email to the key decision makers on libraries Martin Hill firstname.lastname@example.org, Nick Worth email@example.com and the chair of the scrutiny meeting firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested message: “I fully support the Save Lincolnshire Libraries protest today (27/01/2015) at the scrutiny meeting, though I am unable to attend myself. I fully support the campaign’s objectives: to keep libraries open across Lincolnshire run by professional and paid staff, supported by volunteers. I want Lincolnshire to have a modern library service, supported by investment, that will deliver now and in the future for everyone – and in particular for future generations of children.” You are of course free to compose your own email!
Why the protest?
Lincolnshire County Council has just published plans to implement its unlawful decision of December 2013 to close thirty libraries unless volunteers take them over. This not only ignores the High Court judgement of July 2014 that quashed this decision but also the Localism Act which gives charities and social enterprises opportunities to run local services. Read this campaign’s full reaction statement here: https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2015/01/16/astonishing-misuse-of-public-money-and-political-power/
Julie Harrison, spokesperson for Save Lincolnshire Libraries says:
“This plan may sound familiar. It’s basically the one agreed by the Executive Committee in December 2013 and stopped in its tracks by the High Court in July 2014.
“Yet again, the Council has failed to listen to local people and failed to accept any other way forward. It has also failed to keep its manifesto promise to ‘continue a countywide library network with better access and opening hours.’
“Thousands of local people have already shown their opposition to this plan and Save Lincolnshire Libraries now invites those who can to come along to the County Offices and make their views clear once again.”
At the Scrutiny Meeting (details from Cllr Stephen Palmer)
Cllr Brewis, he is chairman, Independent for Sutton Elloe but aligned and props up the administration see feature in County News two editions back.
Cllr L. Wooton, she is vice chairman, conservative for Grantham East.
Cllr Clarke, Labour for Lincoln Boultham.
Cllr Mrs Morgan, Labour for Grantham South.
Cllr Oxby, Conservative for Heighington and Washingborough.
Cllr Palmer, Lincolnshire Independent for Alford and Sutton on Sea
Cllr Pepper, conservative for Crowland and Whaplode
Cllr Phillips, conservative for Bassingham Rural
Cllr Mrs Reynolds, Ukip for Mablethorpe
Cllr Mrs Smith, Ukip for Lincoln Hartsholme
Cllr Wooton, conservative for Grantham North.
Please note that the term Mrs and Chairman are not me being sexist but how it is listed on the papers.
I have heard that Cllr Phillips will not be there so expect a hard line Tory to substitute. If you remember the last Scrutiny in December 2013 Cllr Jones substituted on and pushed to vote for the proposal. He is now the 10th Executive so he won’t be allowed to do it this time. I would expect Cllr Hill and Cllr Worth to be there to keep an eye on their colleagues maybe the Whip as well?
The councillors invited by their request to speak for 3 minutes are in order of speaking after SLL and Friends of Deepings have had their 3 minutes each.
Cllr Mrs V Ayling Ukip Spilby Fen
Cllr Mrs J Brockway conservative Nettleham and Saxilby
Cllr P Dilks Labour Deepings St James
Cllr S Sarah Dodds Labour Louth North
Cllr J Hough Labour Louth South
Cllr N Jackson Labour Lincoln Park
Cllr R Kirk Labour Lincoln Birchwood
Cllr Mrs M Overton MBE Lincolnshire Independent Branston and Navenby
Cllr C Pain Independence from Europe Wainfleet and Burgh
Cllr R Parker Labour Lincoln West
Cllr Mrs H Powell Lincolnshire Independent Bourne Castle
Cllr R Renshaw Labour Lincoln East
Cllr Mrs C Talbot Conservative Bracebridge Heath and Waddington
Twitter screen captures show Martin Hill’s latest public stance, ie, no change.