Possible move for Long Sutton library

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LONG Sutton’s library could be moved into the town’s Market House.

Discussions are taking place between Lincolnshire County Council and the Market House Trust to decide if the move should go ahead.

But the idea is vehemently opposed by South Holland district councillor David Wilkinson, who fears it will make the library less accessible to the people of Long Sutton, particularly the disabled.

Coun Wilkinson said: “I think it would be a backward step.

“Market House is a differemt type of facility altogether. There is very little parking apart from a little at the rear which isn’t easily accessible.

“On the other hand the current library is ideal as it is easily accessible.

“I know they haven’t made a decision yet but my understanding is that the Market House Trust will be asked to vote on it and it seems wrong for the decision to rest with those who stand to benefit financially from the move.

“The people of Long Sutton should be allowed to have their say but it seems the council doesn’t want this to become public until it’s too late.”

Coun Wilkinson said anyone who has concerns should make their feelings known to the county council with a view to a public consultation.

He said: “The library is a universal service, open to everyone regardless of their financial situation or age and because it is such an important facility I will do my damndest to protect it.”

But Eddy Poll, county council executive member for cultural services, said: “Things are in the early stages and there are no firm proposals about how things could work in the future.

“However, there is potential for volunteers to become more involved, leading to improvements such as extended opening hours.

“We’ll continue to explore the opportunities over the coming months.”