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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J R Hicks, T Keywood-Wainwright, C E H Marfleet, N M Murray, R J Phillips, Miss E L Ransome, Miss F E E Ransome and Mrs S Ransome.


Declarations of Councillors' Interests


Councillor C J T H Brewis wished it be noted that he was a currently a volunteer in a library.


Presentation of Library Proposals in the Light of Public Consultation


Members received a presentation in relation to the Libraries Needs Assessment which was delivered by the Assistant Director Economy and Culture and the Head of Libraries and Heritage.


Debate on the Library Proposals in the Light of Public Consultation


A debate took place in relation to the revised proposals for the Library Service which were outlined in the presentation received by the Council.


The Chairman stated that there would be just one debate, and Councillors were reminded that the Council could not make a decision on keeping or closing any or all of the libraries.  This meeting was about debating the issues raised and, where appropriate, either asking the Executive to take account of the debate or making recommendations to the Executive to be taken into account when it made the final decision on 3 December 2013.   As previously advised, any proposals put forward that went beyond what the Council could legally do, or were likely to fetter the Executive in its decision-making, would be ruled invalid.


Three motions without notice were proposed and seconded from the floor and submitted in writing to the Chairman prior to them being discussed.


Motion by Councillor J D Hough


It was moved and seconded that:


'This Council has received the findings of the consultation exercise on Lincolnshire Libraries conducted by Sheffield Hallam University and information about Expressions of Interest into the running of libraries in Lincolnshire by other organisations.


The Council notes that the outcome of the consultation showed that there was


·         Strong public feeling – many participants were angry and upset

·         Many participants found the survey and consultation events unsuitable or inadequate ways of communicating their feelings.  There was a fundamental disagreement with the proposed cuts to services

·         There were thousands of communications which highlighted the value and importance of the library, both to participants as individuals and also the perceived benefits to the wider community

·         There was widespread sentiment that the function of a library amounted to much more than the services referred to in the consultation (a 'community hub', social centre)


The council takes the view that the Expressions of Interest when taken together with the continuing libraries and their reduced opening hours will find it difficult, if not impossible to maintain a 'comprehensive and efficient' library service.


That the Council asks that the Executive takes account of these views and those of thousands of Lincolnshire people as captured in the consultation exercise when it meets on 3 December 2013 to decide on the future of Lincolnshire Libraries.'


A recorded vote was successfully requested and upon being put to the vote, the motion was lost.

Motion by Councillor S L W Palmer


It was moved and seconded that:


'The consultation responses clearly demonstrate that people want a professional staffed library at tier 1, 2 and 3 level.  The budget that was agreed in February to cut 1.9 million clearly drives the Councils need to alter the service.


This motion is to support a proposal prepared by Lincolnshire Independents that fulfils both.  We urge the Executive to consider this well thought out proposal at the Executive meeting on 3 December after scrutiny on the 2 December 2013 as it will achieve the goal that the Council has set which is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.



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