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Councils step in to try to run Deepings Library

Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.
Photo: MSMP250613-010ow

Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture. Photo: MSMP250613-010ow

Two councils have teamed up to try to save their library from closure.

Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St James Parish Council have written to Lincolnshire County Council to express their interest in running Deepings Library.

The facility in High Street, Market Deeping, is one of 32 in the county earmarked for closure under the county council’s plans to restructure the library service.

The decision was made to close the library in December despite huge opposition in the Deepings.

But town and parish councillors have now stepped in to try and save the library for their community.

Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Andy Pelling said: “Our goal is to retain an adequate library for people in the Deepings. We have spent a lot of me and effort trying to make ourselves heard through the consultation process. The county council has refused to take account of our concerns and even moved the goal posts to duck out of their responsibilities.

“The expression of interest at least keeps the library doors open while we consider the options ahead.”

The county council has made funding available to groups that wish to take over their libraries.

If the library were to close it would be replaced by a mobile library service, which would visit for 17 hours a month.

 

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