Campaign group vows to fight library closures – and searches for help in Boston

Does the book stop here for Kirton Library?
Does the book stop here for Kirton Library?

Campaigners have vowed to fight plans to axe libraries to save costs – and want someone to come forward to lead their drive in Boston.

Lincolnshire County Council has begun a public consultation on plans to save almost £2 million. It wants to either hand smaller libraries over to outside groups or volunteers or shut them and replace them with mobile services.

That has sparked the creation of the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign group.

Spokesman Paul Stainthorp said that while the number of books being borrowed may be down the number of people using libraries for other function s is up. He argues that people will not want to fork out the cost of using a patchy public transport network to get to their nearest library.

He is based in Horncastle and is looking for someone in Boston borough to help.

He said “We would like to get in touch with people in the Boston area – we are looking for volunteers to get involved with the campaign to make sure we have got the whole county covered.”

The group plans to hold ‘mass read ins’ and children’s story events at all county libraries to promote its cause.

Kirton, Donington and Coningsby could all close under the proposals yet stats obtained by The Standard show at Kirton, in particular, the number of new users is up, jumping from 155 in 2006 to 267 in 2011.

Kirton Parish Council chairman Alan Lee said: “We don’t want to lose it – we will fight to save it but we must also look at our other options should it go.

“There is a community feel to the building itself, it covers all age groups. It is a lifeline for lots of people and its a facility we want to keep.”

He said the council may hold a big open meeting and invite officials to hear the views of the village.

To contact the campgin group visit www.savelincslibraries.org.uk. The consultation can be viewed at all libraries or at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk