On Monday 16 September at 7:30 pm there will be a public meeting at the Newton Room, Guildhall Arts Centre examining the proposals. All Labour Members welcome. Please show your support and solidarity with those facing the loss of their libraries. Grantham Library will lose 5 hours opening.
Councillors, Unison and concerned members of the public are fighting County Council Proposals to slash public library services across Lincolnshire. Hundreds of mobile stops will be lost and only 15 out of 45 public libraries will remain.
The impact on the area around Grantham is as follows:-
The scale of cuts becomes clear when we examine the impact on villages surrounding Grantham alone:-
- Aisby, Allington, Barkston, Carlton Scroop, Denton, Frieston, Fulbeck, Gelston, Hougham, Holby, Ingoldsby, Lenton, Little Ponton, Manthorpe, Marston, Oasby, Old Somerby, Skillington, Stubton, Swayfield, Swinstead, Syston and Welby, are set to lose their mobile service altogether with residents only being offered a phone home service instead though housebound people may receive additional help.
- Corby Glen will have mobile services reduced.
- Ancaster, Barrowby, Colsterworth, and Long Bennington will receive an improved mobile service. There is no change to services at Caythorpe and Ropsley.
- Many villages around Sleaford are also losing their services and some residents may prefer to come to Grantham’s library.
The County hope, as with Grantham Museum, volunteers will step forward to run libraries. They have been advising interested groups to form Public Ltd companies for expediency. Some may form charities.
Full details of the proposals are available on the County Council website: http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/residents/discover-libraries/libraries-consultation/
There is a Lincolnshire County Council public consultation which is currently taking place and ends on 30 September. In addition Save Lincolnshire’s Libraries is gathering petition signatures to oppose the cuts. The cuts will be debated in County Full Council this week but the final decision re
The County Communities Scrutiny Committee refused to endorse the proposals.
The final say will rest with the County Cabinet members only, although members of the Labour Group will be arguing that the decision should sit with Full Council.
JOIN THE PROTESTS IN LINCOLN
On 21 September there will be a protest march in Lincoln. Come dressed as your favourite book character.