Legal challenge over county library cuts

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The High Court is being asked to grant a judicial review into Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to axe libraries.

More than 30 libraries will be replaced by mobile libraries unless volunteers run them.

The request for a judicial review has been issued by Public Interest Lawyers, of Birmingham, on behalf of Lincoln man Simon Draper.

Library campaigner Phil Dilks, a Labour county councillor from Deeping St James, said: “We regret that Lincolnshire County Council is steam-rolling ahead with seriously flawed cuts to remove statutory provision for more than 30 libraries rather than listen to 25,000 council tax payers who have actively supported our campaign to Save Lincolnshire’s Libraries.”

Coun Nick Worth, council executive member for libraries, said: “We have only recently received the details of the claim, and are now beginning to consider our response. Before the decision was made, the council carried out extensive consultation and thoroughly considered the impact on our residents. So we’ll be presenting the strongest possible defence, showing that all the necessary steps needed to make a lawful decision were taken.”

He said the council intends to continue implementing the changes and work with communities “that have expressed an interest in working with us to deliver library services”.