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Library closure prompts call for Lincolnshire County Council to 'invest in Spilsby'

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

SAVE OUR LIBRARY: Spilsby resident Dominique Pettitt is campaigning on saving the town?s library which could be relocated to the Methodist Church or The Co-op. Photo: David Nutt.

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PUBLIC demonstrations to save a town library from closing have been suggested by a concerned resident.

Dominique Pettitt, who has recently moved to Spilsby, addressed the town council about the importance of saving Spilsby library.

As part of cutbacks, Lincolnshire County Council want to close the town's library on West End Villas and move services to run as a partnership at the Co-op food store or possibly at the Methodist church.

As well as holding public demonstrations, Mrs Pettitt also called for the county council to reinvest money from any future sale of the library to provide a new community facility and suggested the pavilion, Vale Road or Boston Road as possible sites.

She said: "To put a community resource, purpose built building into another building, you are taking away a massive amount of community history that is hosted in that building. It is criminal.

"The county council are not investing in Spilsby."

She said a demonstration walk through the town could be held or outside Lincolnshire County Council's offices.

Councillor Trevor Beaumont said a meeting was held with the county council who have only just answered their questions.

He said: "They have answered the questions but I do not think they have answered them in a way that is appropriate. We put forward another venue, the New Life Centre, as another possibility and they seem to have not taken that on board. "

Councillor Julia Pears said the county council has spent money refurbishing the library and called for services to be added, not taken away.

Lincolnshire County Councillor for Spilsby, Jim Swanson said a new purpose built building would not be viable.

He said: "It's all very good putting a new library up but tell me where the money is coming from?

"The county council needs to save £125 million over the next four years, we have had another restriction of funds of £42 million – there is absolutely no money available.

"The move of the library to the church or the supermarket is being done to save some of that money. Our hands are absolutely tied. You cannot build a new establishment from the money of an old one."

He also said he should have been informed earlier of any objections.

He added: "Nobody has come to me and complained about the move. I have stood here and advised you, the town council, that this is coming. It's all a little bit late."

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