Lincolnshire Council considers axing funding for attractions

Lincolnshire County Council is considering a move to cease providing funding to its main attractions.

Councillors from the authority have approved plans to look at how the service is funded and believes attractions should generate their own income and reinvest it, rather than relying on a budget from the council.

Currently, seven sites, including Lincoln Castle and Gainsborough Old Hall, currently receive subsidies from the authority.

Councillor Nick Worth commented: “The council's budget position is not going to improve. We've got an estimated budget shortfall of £74 million over the next three years, on top of the £145m we've cut from the budget since 2010.

"By giving the heritage service a target to fund itself, we're saving the taxpayer money and keeping the attractions open."

However, Marianne Overton, leader of the Independent group on the county council, said: "It is so important to bring heritage to life, but I'm not sure contracting it all out for less money will be the answer."

A full consultation is due to take place before any final decision are made.

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