Long Sutton residents not letting up over library

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PROTESTORS who raised a 500-name petition to keep Long Sutton Library where it is are asking supporters to maintain pressure on the county council.

Sarah Gander handed in the petition to this month’s full county council meeting and says the library is still in danger of being moved to much smaller premises in the Market House.

She said this week: “People have got the wrong idea if they think the library is safe in its existing place.

“I have it in writing that discussions have taken place about moving it to the Market House, where it would have to be cut right down in size and where there’s no parking.

“We’ve put up new posters all over town – please we need as many people as possible to write and show they support the library staying where it is.

“It’s only seven years since it was moved to the empty courthouse which also houses the register office and just a year since more money was spent on automating it with a self-service system.”

Lincolnshire county councillor Eddy Poll, executive member for cultural services, gave a carefully-worded assurance in response to the protest last month.

At that time he said: “There has never been a proposal to move Long Sutton Library, and we wouldn’t make such a change without consulting the community.”

This week Mr Poll stood by that statement but added: “Of course I can’t give an absolute assurance not to move or close any libraries because I’ve no idea what’s going to happen in the next spending round.

“If the Government takes half our budget, who knows what will have to happen?

“I was at a public meeting at Louth where the people were up in arms defending a library we have no intention of closing.

“In fact, Lincolnshire is one of very few local authorities that hasn’t closed a single library.

“Instead in the last two years we’ve resourced libraries to be run by volunteers at Sutton Bridge and Saxilby with another one in the pipeline at Winthorpe, without making any staff redundant.”