Lincolnshire

Save Lincolnshire Libraries establishes fighting fund

A man wearing a I heart Deeping library
Image caption Campaigners have held protests and organised a petition against the proposals

Campaigners fighting to stop libraries being run by volunteers have set up a fund for legal bills.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries successfully applied for a judicial review against council plans to cut jobs and opening hours.

It welcomed a £1,000 donation from a national charity as well as gifts from individuals.

Lincolnshire County Council said its plans would save £2m and keep libraries open.

'Libraries are vital'

Julie Harrison, from the Lincolnshire libraries campaign, said: "Over the last week a number of large donations came into our account."

"We realised we have got support, not only from the national organisation but from people all over the country who believe that libraries are vital right across Lincolnshire."

She said the money would be used to top up legal aid to pay for the costs of the judicial review due to be held later this month or in July.

County Hall's plans include handing over about 30 branches to volunteers.

It has previously defended the proposals saying libraries need to take their share of cuts while services such as highways maintenance and children's services are protected.

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