Permanent Ingoldmells library hopes on rise

HOPES are rising that Ingoldmells could soon boast a permanent library presence after parish councillors met with their county counterparts over the propsals.

Library services in the village are currently filled by a mobile library, which visits on Thursdays.

But increasing fuel and staffing costs have prompted Lincolnshire County Council to look at novel ways of delivering such services.

They recently began exploring the possibility of local volunteers taking over from mobile vans at permanent sites across the county.

Ingoldmells was one of the first parishes to be approached about the new scheme.

And they were very keen on the idea of bringing a permanent library presence to the village when they held their latest monthly meeting.

Members voted unanimously in favour of exploring the plans.

The vote followed an earlier visit to Ingoldmells by county council representatives, who met up with local figures to examine potential locations for the new library.

“The cost of running the current mobile service was becoming cost prohibitive in terms of fuel and human resources,” said parish clerk, Mike Allen.

“Many books being carried by the mobile van were not borrowed by users of the service, and an analysis of borrowing indicated that only an average of 60 books - out of the 100s carried - went out on loan regularly.

“The county council’s vision was to either use the church, village hall or the Royal Arthur Centre as an access to the library service, with books being on display for loan, or able to be ordered via internet communication technology with future plans for home delivery,” he added.

The move comes as the village’s Neighbourhood Management Residents Forum looks to secure funding to start up a computer and internet access hub in Ingoldmells.

Speaking to the Standard Mr Allen expressed his hopes that, should both schemes be successful, that there was the chance of creating a computer and library hub for the village.

Coun Eddy Poll, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for cultural services, added: “We’ve been speaking to Ingoldmells Parish Council and the local church about the possibility of a static library service for the village.

“A number of options are being looked at, and volunteers would be an essential element of any future plans. We’re open to exploring similar schemes in other parts of the county, and are keen to hear from anyone wishing to become more involved in delivering library services.”