Lincs: Campaigners have asked for a judicial review of the library changes

Gainsborough Library G120327-4
Gainsborough Library G120327-4

Campaigners have asked the High Court to review planned changes to local library services.

The council’s executive agreed proposals for a new-look service in light of changes in the way libraries are used and the authority’s substantially reduced budget.

This decision has been formally challenged, meaning an initial assessment will now take place to decide whether a full judicial review is required.

Tony McGinty from Lincs County Council, said: “We are very disappointed to receive another challenge.”

“The council has yet to receive the details, but will be preparing the strongest possible defence once it has done so.”

“We’ve worked hard to address all the issues raised in the last year’s judicial review, and carried out additional consultation before making a fresh decision.”

“And importantly, the court ruled our proposed model would meet our legal duties, a finding recently endorsed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.”

“We can’t ignore the fact that by the end of this decade the council’s overall budget will have been almost halved.”

“We believe it’s only fair that the library service plays its part in finding the necessary savings.”