Holbeach residents have been given the firmest pledge yet that the town’s library will stay open – despite plans to hold a public meeting about its future.
Coun Nick Worth, Holbeach county councillor and cabinet member in charge of libraries, said there had been a “very strong expression of interest” by a group wanting to run the library in Church Street.
The assurance was given as Holbeach Parish Council confirmed that a public meeting would be held at the Reading Rooms, also in Church Street, on Monday, September 23, at 7pm.
Parish councillors had previously agreed unanimously to oppose any closure plan, a decision backed by a resident who attacked Lincolnshire County Council’s moves to change library provision and save £2million over the next two years.
At a parish council meeting on Monday, Victor Cookson of Holbeach St Johns said: “I believe the library should be there for our children and grandchildren, giving them a strong and sound start to their education.
“It should also be there to enable all our citizens to access books and information for both learning and pleasure.
“It’s a vital centre for Holbeach and if it’s lost, we’ll be the only university town in the whole country with no library.”
But after the meeting, Coun Worth said: “There’s been a very strong expression of interest to run the library and I have no doubt it will stay open for many years to come.”
Coun Terry Harrington, parish council chairman, said: “It’s good news to hear that the library isn’t going to close.”