Library campaigners given hope after scrutiny committee meeting

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Campaigners fighting to save Deepings Library have been given a glimmer of hope today (Wednesday) after a committee recommended scrapping plans to close 32 libraries across the county.

Lincolnshire County Council’s community and public safety scrutiny committee met this morning to look into proposals by the council to cut £2m from its library budget. The proposals include closing 32 of the 47 libraries in Lincolnshire, including the library in High Street, Market Deeping, and cutting hours at other libraries, including Stamford Library.

Bourne Library would not be affected by the proposals.

But the community and public safety scrutiny committee has put forward a recommendation to the executive that it goes back to the drawing board and scraps plans to go out to consultation.

The executive will make the final decision as to whether to go out to consultation at a meeting on Tuesday.

County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said: “We have won the first battle to save Deepings Library but we will have to wait and see what happens when the executive meet. I spoke at the scrutiny meeting and there was clearly real concern these proposals weren’t the way forward.”

Deeping St James parish councillor Andrew Bowell has already set up a petition to save Deepings Library from closure and a public meeting has been planned for July 11.