Gateway to the world – closing!
Over thirty much loved libraries and 289 mobile stops are to be withdrawn by the conservative-led county council, unless volunteers agree to do the jobs for free.
Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents, Marianne Overton said the cuts were like shutting our doors to the public.
“Libraries are the front door to all of our council services and do the job that is the very purpose of local government, especially in a rural county like Lincolnshire. We know we need to raise skills and education, provide information and support for young people’s health, and reduced loneliness, keep our communities more cohesive and via the computers; provide access to money, job opportunities and work, and a shop window for the self-employed, helping our local economies.
All of the things we want for our communities, access to education, health and a better economy, are right there in our libraries – and from a local network and right across the County!
In the field of local government, there are few of our services, so well used, for so little money!”
The Council spends over 450m each year and it is not worth shutting all these front doors for 1%. In my local library in Branston, the hours were massively reduced in the last round of cuts, and use fell from over 100,000 transactions per year to a third.
We need to learn from our mistakes and focus not on national party political targets, but on what is needed locally.
For that we need councillors prepared to speak, vote and more importantly think about local needs, putting Lincolnshire First. Please join the campaign.