Library campaigners secure meeting in the Deepings

Campaigners fight to save Deepings Library at a consultation meeting in Spalding
Campaigners fight to save Deepings Library at a consultation meeting in Spalding
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Campaigners fighting to save their library from closure have persuaded the county council to hold a consultation meeting in their town.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to close Deepings Library in Market Deeping as it tries to save £2m from its £6m library budget by 2015.

Campaigners were astounded when they discovered the council’s nearest consultation event was 11 miles away in Spalding, where the library is not threatened with closure.

But 12 determined councillors and residents went to the meeting in on Monday to have their say.

County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said campaigners were even more determined to fight for their library after the meeting.

He said there were two issues he challenged the council’s executive member for libraries, culture and heritage Coun Nick Worth (Con) over.

Coun Dilks said: “I pointed out they were holding a consultation meeting for the Deepings in a town 11 miles away where the library was going to stay open.

“He said he would hold a proper consultation meeting in the Deepings in September, which is a big win.

“I also asked what happens if voluntary groups take over a library but fail. Head of libraries and heritage Jonathan Platt said there was no guarantee that the community would get anything else.

“This has highlighted more than ever that the consultation is severely flawed and that they have got it wrong, particularly about Deepings Library.”

A council spokesman said the meeting in the Deepings would take place around the end of August and would be more of an open forum format than the Spalding meeting.

Campaigners are keeping active until then and will hold a “book circle” demonstration at the library in High Street tomorrow at 10.30am.

Supporters are invited to join a circle around the building and read a passage from their favourite book.

They have also been asked to bring a heart-shaped piece of paper with them saying what the library means to them. These will then be used to form a public display in the town.

Campaigners have also secured support from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson gave permission for them to use her Library Poem to support protests.

She has also signed the group’s online petition, which can by found at Change.org.

The consultation runs until September 30.