MP urges county council to reconsider move 'immediately'
A Lincolnshire MP has joined the growing list of people condemning plans to close 32 libraries across Lincolnshire.
Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has branded plans to cut the number of libraries from 47 to 15 as "completely unacceptable".
Lincolnshire County Council says it needs to make savings of £2million from its libraries budget.
The coalition-lead authority says libraries facing closure could be taken over by community groups, insisting it would provide funds and staff to support such a handover.
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But Mr Leigh has criticised the plans.
"The proposed plan for Lincolnshire's libraries is completely unacceptable," he said.
"We all understand that in these trying times councils have to make difficult decisions about the services they provide.
"But our libraries are an absolutely fundamental and irreplaceable part of our way of life here in Lincolnshire.
"Yes, changes should be made to make our libraries more affordable and more sustainable in the long term, but these proposals put our entire library culture at risk.
"Lincolnshire County Council must reconsider this immediately and keep our libraries open."
Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Unison has criticised Lincolnshire Co-operative's offer to run five of the at-risk libraries.
Gavyn Graham, Unison assistant branch secretary, said: "This offer of help is no alternative to standalone public libraries run by professional staff.
"If this model is rolled out throughout the county, as Nick Worth (the council's executive member for libraries) wants it to be, then we will see an act of social vandalism which wipes out 170 jobs and destroys the hopes and aspirations of 32 communities who use what they view as essential public services."