Council bosses defend Boston venue choice for library consultation

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Council bosses have defended their decision to hold a meeting on the future of the county’s libraries at Boston West Golf Centre.

Cost-cutting plans that could see Kirton, Donington and Coningsby libraries either handed to an outside body or replaced by a reduced mobile service are currently out for public consultation.

Residents in the borough have been invited to a meeting at the Hubberts Bridge venue on July 30 at 10am.

Boston Labour councillors questioned the decision to hold it at the golf centre, issuing a statement saying: “By selecting a venue well removed from the town, which is only easily accessible if you have a car and at a time when many are working, they will not hear the true voice of the people of Boston. They seem intent on getting the answer they have already decided upon, yet again bypassing the needs and the interest of Boston.”

Jenny Gammon, assistant director for economy and culture, said: “Given the high level of interest in these events, we chose venues that could hold around 100 people. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a venue of this size in the centre of Boston. However, we’ll be monitoring the response to the consultation and will look at organising further events if necessary.”

She said surveys will be available at libraries and on the council website.

Anyone who wants to attend should email librariesconsultation@lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 782 010.