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Cabinet member reveals strong community response to library cuts in Lincolnshire

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

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Executive member at Lincolnshire County Council Nick Worth has revealed 18 of 32 under threat libraries have received interest from local communities.

The authority has proposed controversial plans to close 32 of 47 libraries and cut 170 jobs across the county.

It is to save £2 million from the council's budget.

But councillor Worth, executive member for libraries, says he is "staggered" at the positive response he has received from local communities.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Lincolnshire this morning, cllr Worth said: "It is not about closing libraries. We want communities to come forward and run them if they can.

"Eighteen of the libraries have had interest and I am staggered by that response.

"What I would say is if people expect their libraries to close then that is most likely what will happen."

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  • Bill_Bilton  |  July 21 2013, 11:17AM

    Yes ... unfortunately the County Council elections were in May .... so people had their chance.... but as we know many voted for independents and UKIP, allowing the Tories to remain in control. "Their is a huge difference between interest and actually doing and I suspect when these communities know of what is ivolved they might not be so keen What sort of comment is "If people expect them to close then they will" It is the typical derisory arrogant comment of the Tory administration" Couldn't put it better myself. I was also amused to read comments of Jenny Gammon, Assistant Director For Economy and Culture , who thought Lincolnshire was "about the size as Wales". Not that it made any real comparison ,as 9606 people per library in Wales, 13778 people per library in Lincolnshire (before any closures ) https://http://tinyurl.com/mgjkzvz

  • Pete67  |  July 19 2013, 6:07PM

    - 'positive response' - - - Meaning they only read the bits that made it seem a good idea. As I said before do a consultation which asks 'do you want your local library closed - YES / NO'. I would guess the results would be something they won't like, and can't misread.

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  • GedlingTnPeck  |  July 18 2013, 9:08AM

    What an iditiotic response from Cllr Worth !!! "It is not about closing libraries" he says!! The what is it about then - oh hang on its about saving money and let the poor souls in the community bear the workload, the cost etc Their is a huge difference between interest and actually doing and I suspect when these communities know of what is ivolved they might not be so keen What sor of comment is "If people expect them to close then they will" It is the typical derisory arrogant comment of the Tory administration

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  • GedlingTnPeck  |  July 18 2013, 9:07AM

    What an iditiotic response from Cllr Worth !!! "It is not about closing libraries" he says!! The what is it about then - oh hang on its about saving money and let the poor souls in the community bear the workload, the cost etc Their is a huge difference between interest and actually doing and I suspect when these communities know of what is ivolved they might not be so keen What sor of comment is "If people expect them to close then they will" It is the typical derisory arrogant comment of the Tory administration

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