Deepings library given no reprieve from county council cuts

Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow
Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow
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The Deepings library has not been saved from proposed cuts by Lincolnshire County Council, according to plans laid out in revised proposals released today (Friday).

Campaigners trying to save Deepings library from funding cuts had hoped their strong response to the county council’s 13-week consultation would save the facility in High Street, Market Deeping.

A petition with about 9,000 signatures was submitted to the council against the closure of the library.

However there has been no change to the plans to withdraw the funding from the Deepings library.

It is proposed that it will be replaced with visits from a mobile library for 17 hours a month.

The council is asking community volunteers to take over the running of their libraries however campaigners in the Deepings have always been adamant that they wish to keep a professionally staffed library.

So far, there have been expressions of interest for 24 existing libraries to be run by community groups across the county, as well as seven communities wanting to create brand new facilities.

It is proposed that the deadline for communities to express an interest in running their own library be extended to January 31, 2014.

South Kesteven district councillor Judy Stevens (Ind) said: “I am disappointed for the people of the Deepings, not least because of the consistently large support the community have shown the campaign to keep the library open. I only hope the executive consider that when voting on this issue.”

Campaigners in the Deepings held a torchlight vigil last night outside the library in Market Deeping.

Coun Stevens said the popularity of the library is easy to see with its two latest events full to capacity and more than 50 people turning out in the cold last night to protest.

She said: “People have shown they use the library and they want it to stay.”

Lincolnshire County Council are making the changes in a bid to save £2m year.

The revised proposals are being debated at an extraordinary meeting of the full county council this afternoon.

The revised proposals will be presented to the county council community and public safety scrutiny committee on December 2.

A final decision will then be made by the council’s executive on December 3.