LIBRARIES: Have wishes of residents not been considered?

I reside in Fleet and use Holbeach Library. Having attended the consultation at the South Holland Centre I still attended last night’s Holbeach Parish Council’s public meeting about the library closure.

The audience consisted of 12 members of the public, one district councillor and three parish councillors. partners...... plus a Free Press reporter.

Yet there are over 6,000 Holbeach residents, 3,000 plus from Holbeach Rural, Fleet, Gedney’s etc, and possibly Whaplode residents who could have attended.

Many use Holbeach Library...plus the absent county and district councillors

Coun Nick Worth as the portfolio holder has a clear mandate from Lincolnshire County Council to ensure the proposed library closure is carried out.

There are now only 12 county council members supporting this proposal thoughout the county.

Coun Worth has been stating since June that an organisation had come forward to volunteer.He revealed his secret at last, Holbeach Library is to be run by volunteers, the Academy.

Have the wishes of those Holbeach residents wishing the county council NOT to close any library been considered? This seems to have been completely ignored by Coun Worth.

I quote my neighbour at the meeting: “Not a consultation but a done deal.” This could explain what I took to be apathy, but was in fact good time management by those absent.

If you fall into this category try Googling/searching Lincs Libraries Closure and see what is happening in the rest of Lincolnshire - it will surprise you.

Likewise the list of people governing the Academy.

The other good news is that the original information paperwork sent out by Mr Platt , hertiage and culture manager at the county council, with wrong figures for each parish, has been corrected, Coun Worth has informed me.

100 was the original number of households used not the actual 900 for Fleet. I pointed this out at the first meeting and the mobile library service there will NOW continue past 2014.

Val Gemmell

Fleet Parish Councillor