MP John Hayes says closure of Deepings Library would be ‘unthinkable’

Deepings MP John Hayes
Deepings MP John Hayes

Deepings MP John Hayes (Con) has joined the fight to save Deepings Library in the wake of the announcement that consultation will go ahead.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive today (Tuesday) approved going out to consultation on proposals to cut £2m from its library budget by closing 32 of its 47 libraries and cutting hours at some of the remaining libraries.

Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping, would be one of the libraries which would close if the proposals are approved.

The consultation is due to start tomorrow and will run until September 30. A final decision will be made by the council’s executive in December.

Campaigners have already started a petition to save Deepings Library and are planning a public meeting, which will be held on Thursday, July 11, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Deepings Community Centre.

Mr Hayes is planning to attend the meeting and has already written to the council’s executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) to raise his concerns over the proposals.

Mr Hayes said: “I have written to Coun Worth to tell him that I share the objections of my constituents. It would be unthinkable not to have a library facility at the heart of two communities, particularly a growing and substantial community.

“I think the council needs to think again. I appreciate that the way people access information is changing and I think it is fair the council has carried out this appraisal of what is offered at the library.

“I also understand the council is under financial pressure and it is important that all services are looked at with a careful eye but there is a very strong argument for Deepings Library.”