Lincolnshire heritage attractions face council funding axe

October 5, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Heritage attractions in Lincolnshire could be responsible for their own finances after councillors approved plans to look at how the service is funded. The county council wants attractions to generate their own income and reinvest it, rather than relying on a budget from the authority. Councillor Nick Worth said it would lead to more innovation. Opponents said the plans could “seriously damage” the service. Seven sites, including Lincoln Castle and Gainsborough Old Hall, currently receive […]

Save Lincolnshire Libraries respond accusing county council of ‘broken promise’

October 23, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

Campaigners have responded to Lincolnshire County Council’s statement yesterday regarding the High Court ruling that LCC did not act unlawfully by implementing their new library service. Yesterday LCC said they had been completely vindicated by the High Court and threatened to claim back legal costs in the region of £350,000. They should apologise for the mess they have made of the library service. Their failure to accept the offer from Greenwich Leisure to run the […]

Lincolnshire County Council wins second library court battle

July 28, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

A second legal challenge over plans to hand 30 libraries to volunteers has ruled in favour of Lincolnshire County Council. Campaigners claimed the consultation into the move was unfair and other options were not considered properly. But council officials insisted the process was fair and the High Court in London has backed this view. The authority said it needed to save millions of pounds and the library service must play its part. Money ‘wasted’ It […]

Three private firms put forward to run Lincolnshire’s library services

June 5, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

Three organisations are in the running to take on the running of Lincolnshire’s library services. The county council is currently looking for an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf. Six initial applications were received last month, and, following assessment, three organisations have now been invited to submit a detailed bid. They are; Greenwich Leisure Limited, Vision and Vivacity. Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “The successful bidder will be […]

Lincolnshire County Council faces second judicial review

April 12, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

A second judicial review could be held into Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to hand over 30 libraries to volunteers. Campaigners won a High Court battle last year against cuts to services but the Conservative-led authority voted through similar plans in February. The protest group Save Lincolnshire Libraries has now instructed lawyers to start a second judicial review. The council described the move as a “disgraceful” waste of public money. Plans to move 30 of the of […]

Spilsby Library Future In Doubt Again After Council Decision

February 3, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

The future of Spilsby Library is once again in doubt after Lincolnshire County Council’s executive approved plans for a substantially reduced library service. The proposals were recommended by officers in light of changes in the way libraries are used and the authority’s substantially reduced budget. The way in which libraries are used is changing, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country, and it’s important we adapt with the times. Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member […]