‘Angry’ Alford councillors protest library closure

Library books
Library books

‘Angry’ town councillors in Alford have organised a protest outside the library to oppose its planned closure.

Lincolnshire County Council has proposed closing dozens of libraries across the county in a bid to save money following budget cuts.

Those that close would be replaced by a mobile library service.

Alford is among the towns whose library is under threat.

And councillors, furious that a facility they have invested thousands of pounds in might close, have urged the public to join them in a protest outside the library in South Market Place on Thursday, August 22 at 11am.

“Alford would welcome your support and invite you to attend and report on this event,” said town clerk Linda Croft.

“The Mayor of Alford and town councillors will be supporting this protest.

“Alford library has been classed as a Tier Three library, which means that unless a voluntary group come forward the library will be closed by Lincolnshire County Council and replaced with a fortnightly mobile library.

“The County Council state that less than 18 per cent of the population use the library service, yet in Alford the percentage is recorded as 40 per cent - well above average.

“Town councillors are particularly angry, as prior to the Alford Urban District Council becoming Alford Town Council they invested over £50,000 into the building of the current library.”