Council’s library leader Nick Worth will attend public meeting

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Campaigners trying to save their library will have the chance to grill the councillor responsible for the service at a public meeting.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) has agreed to attend a meeting at The Deepings School at 7.30pm on September 10.

The meeting will focus on the council’s plan to withdraw funding from Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping, along with 31 others in the county.

Campaigners fighting the closure demanded the meeting after the council failed to hold a consultation in the Deepings.

The nearest meeting was in Spalding, where the library is set to stay open.

Deeping St James parish councillor Andrew Bowell encouraged as many people as possible to attend the upcoming meeting.

He said: “It is important that we continue to speak with one voice, and a large turnout will show that Deeping needs and deserves a proper county council-run library.

“This is a fight to save Deepings Library. The information used to make the decision to withdraw the funding was flawed, and the council executive have got it wrong.”

Coun Worth said: “Clearly, there are many people in the Deepings who are passionate about their local library, and I look forward to talking to them about how we can work together to create a more efficient and affordable service.

“I’d encourage everyone to have their say on the proposals by completing the online questionnaire at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation before September 30.”

Campaigners in the Deepings presented a petition to the county council on Tuesday. Almost 8,000 people signed the document, which called on the council to reconsiders its plans to withdraw funding from library services.

The council will now have to debate the petition at a future meeting, expected to take place on September 13.

County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said: “I’m proud that the whole community of the Deepings is speaking with one voice, telling the county council that their plan is totally flawed and should be withdrawn.”

Among those to sign the petition were Deepings MP John Hayes and even county council leader Coun Martin Hill (Con). Coun Hill later said he would not have signed the document had he known its full wording.