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Lincolnshire libraries closure delayed until High Court hearing result

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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Campaigners fighting to save Lincolnshire's libraries from closure have forced the local authority to delay its planned changes to the service until the outcome of a High Court hearing is known.

A judge will decide whether to quash Lincolnshire County Council's decision to axe 30 libraries across the county and turn them into coummunity hubs or allow the changes to continue.

Library lovers, who successfully lobbied for a Judicial Review into the local authority's executive decision, will present their case to the High Court in July.

The bid for a review was made by Simon Draper who wants the judge to overturn the authority's plans.

Mr Draper has since sought assurances from the LCC that no further changes to the running of the libraries should be made until the outcome of the review is known.

The council has confirmed that it will maintain libraries at 60 per cent of their current operation. But leases and grants to community groups interested in taking on the libraries as hubs have been put on hold.

A progess report, written by Jonathan Platt, Head of Libraries and Heritage for the LCC, stated: "Good progress has been made in the implementation of the Executive decision of

3 December 2013.

"The dialogue with community groups that have submitted grant applications will continue, but grants and leases cannot be entered into with these bodies until after the High Court has ruled on the Executive's decision."

The case will now be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice over two days on July 8/9 and the judge's ruling is expected to be revealed a few weeks later.

Campaigners recently travelled to Downing Street to make their case for the retention of the county's libraries.

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  • Pete67  |  April 29 2014, 2:06PM

    Best of luck people against ths breach of democracy by the council.

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  • Arthrys  |  April 28 2014, 9:00PM

    Graham, personally I hope the High Court Hearing is successful and the Community groups don't have to run our library service

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  • GrahamKSmith  |  April 28 2014, 8:06PM

    Let's hope none of the community groups currently prepared to take over the day-to-day running of the local lending library outlets get cold feet whilst this legal challenge (and any consequent rerun of the consultation process) takes place.

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