‘We will fight library cuts’

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Parish councillors have vowed to do what they can to try to save Kirton Library from the threat of closure.

The library is one of several across the county that faces being replaced with either a reduced mobile service or one ran by volunteers or another outside organisation.

Chairman Alan Lee told The Standard he thinks it will be difficult to keep it open but vowed: “We will fight to keep it.

“It is something that we need to keep – it’s an important part of the village. The people that do use it are so dependent on it – it is part of a day out for some people.”

He added that, if necessary, the council will also look to see if the building could be kept open by volunteers.

The news of library cuts has been criticised by Boston grammar guru John Richards, chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society.

He said: “I can sympathise with cutting to some extent but they should never make it difficult to get to a library.

“They should be protected and they should be local.

“A lot of people don’t feel that they want to drive 30 minutes - it’s quite a way for some people.

“Adult libraries are one thing but children’s libraries should be protected at all costs.”