A former council official has attacked library cuts in Lincolnshire, branding them “damaging and destructive”.
Maurice Nauta, who managed the county’s libraries between 1988 and 2002, has called for an inquiry into how Lincolnshire County Council decided to slash the number of libraries it runs from 47 to 15.
In a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller published on the Save Lincolnshire Libraries website, Mr Nauta said: “Firm decisions have been made by Lincolnshire County Council and I now feel that only a full inquiry under your direction will be sufficient to properly address the strong evidence that a decision has now been made which produces serious doubt as to whether the council is complying with its legal obligation to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.”
At least 23,000 people signed several petitions against the cuts which Mr Nauta warned would “destroy the library service in Lincolnshire and damage the sense of community, hope and democracy” in Britain’s second largest county.
A spokesman for the Culture Department said: “The government believes that the operation of the public library service is best managed by local authorities who are best placed to determine what is best in their area, on the basis of local need.”