New community hubs plan for libraries

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Business plans and applications for grant funding for new community hubs, including library facilities, in 30 locations across Lincolnshire have met the criteria agreed by the council’s executive.

The new hubs will complement the Lincolnshire County Counil’s own comprehensive library service, consisting of 15 core libraries in key locations, plus online and targeted services.

Coun Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Clearly a lot of work has gone into these proposals, and I’d like to thank all the groups for their ongoing efforts.

“We do need to await the outcome of the judicial review, but in the meantime we’ll continue to work with them to develop their plans further.

“In the interim, we’ll continue to run libraries at these locations at reduced hours, until the judicial review is complete and community groups are ready to run the new hubs.”This will give the groups the time they need to lay firm foundations for the future.”

Seven groups have been asked to develop their plans further, as they expected, so that they too can meet the criteria for grant funding. They will be supported by the county council’s new team of community advisors and library development officers.

Four of these relate to communities with an existing library: The Deepings, Keelby, Kirton and Sutton Bridge. The other three were proposals for new facilities in Chapel St Leonards, Heckington and Swineshead.

Coun Worth added: “I’m confident that this will mean we’ll end up with even more local library provision, while also making substantial savings.”

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