Deadline nears on council library consultation

Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

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There are just a few days left for people to have their say in a public consultation on council plans to close 32 of its 47 libraries.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to cut £2m from its annual £6m libraries budget.

As part of the plans many communities across the county would lose their library services.

The consultation into the plans ends on Monday and there has been a huge response from the public.

The council’s executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) said: “We’ve had some valuable feedback to date. Around 3,500 responses have been sent in, as well as a number of letters and e-mails.

“So far around 30 communities have been in touch about taking on their local library, which suggests there is an appetite for getting more involved in running the service.”

One of the libraries set to lose its funding is Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping.

The community is fighting to save the library and the council confirmed no-one from the Deepings had expressed an interest in a volunteer-based service.

County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said: “The people of the Deepings are crystal clear in the fact that they want to keep their council-run library.”

Campaigners in the Deepings believe the consultation has been flawed and have collected more than 9,000 signatures on a petition opposing the closure.

Visit the Lincolnshire County Council website to fill in the online survey or call 01522 782010 before Monday.