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Warning over library opening hours cut ahead of handover

Coun Nick Worth has warned that Holbeach Library could face a cut in opening hours while its running is handed over to University Academy Holbeach and the University of Lincoln.

Coun Nick Worth has warned that Holbeach Library could face a cut in opening hours while its running is handed over to University Academy Holbeach and the University of Lincoln.

Holbeach Library could have reduced opening hours while details are ironed out over its future under new management.

University Academy Holbeach and the University of Lincoln are to jointly run the library in Church Street after impressing Lincolnshire County Council with their plans to make it a centre of learning in Holbeach.

But terms are still to be finalised and Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth warned that if the academy and university aren’t ready to take over on May 6, the library’s opening hours will be cut.

Coun Worth, Lincolnshire County Council’s cabinet member for libraries, said: “If University Academy Holbeach and the University of Lincoln take over running the library on May 6, then its their intention to keep the existing opening hours and ideally to increase them.

“But should they not be ready to go on May 6, there is a deadline until June for them to be ready.

“However, because of the impact of the libraries programme across the county, there will be less staff to run the libraries and so they will not be able to open them as often as before.

“Hopefully, University Academy Holbeach and the University of Lincoln will be ready on May 6.”

 
 
 

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