Public meeting on plans to close Deepings Library

Deeping St James parish councillor Andrew Bowell who has set up a petition to save Deepings Library from closure.  Andrew, left, pictured in front of Deepings Library with  Deeping St James county councillor Phil Dilks.'Photo: MSMP250613-013ow
Deeping St James parish councillor Andrew Bowell who has set up a petition to save Deepings Library from closure. Andrew, left, pictured in front of Deepings Library with Deeping St James county councillor Phil Dilks.'Photo: MSMP250613-013ow

Proposals to shut a library used by more than 8,000 people will be discussed at a public meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

Lincolnshire County Council has launched a consultation into its library services as it tries to cut £2m from its budget.

Thirty-two of the council’s 47 libraries would close under the plans, including Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping.

Councillors, residents and Deepings MP John Hayes are fighting to save the facility and a public meeting will be held at The Deepings Centre in Douglas Road at 7.15pm for 7.30pm tomorrow (Thursday).

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

Campaigners have also started a petition against the closure and more than 800 people have already signed up online.

County councillor for Deeping St James Coun Phil Dilks (Lab) hopes to get 3,500 signatures on the petition, which is also available at shops and pubs across Market Deeping and Deeping St James, before a meeting of the full council on Friday.

Deepings Library is one of several facilities in the area that would be affected by the council’s proposals.

Opening hours at Stamford Library would be cut from 55 hours a week to 50. Stamford would be one of 10 priority libraries, open for 50 hours, six days a week.

Bourne Library would be one of five “tier two” libraries, four of which would be open for 25 hours a week. However, Bourne Library would be open for 46 hours a week as it is run by South Kesteven District Council as part of an arrangement when it moved into the Corn Exchange with all the other town, district and county council services.

Mobile library services would be changed in Baston, which currently runs for one hour a week; Colsterworth, which runs for an hour and a half; Langtoft, which runs for an hour and a half; Morton and Hanthorpe, which runs for one hour; and Northorpe, which is available for half an hour. These would all be replaced by services for six or eight hours a month.

Billingborough mobile service would be unchanged but the service in Corby Glen would be reduced by half an hour and the service in Horbling would be increased by half an hour, as would the service in Uffington.

Home library services currently provided in Aslackby, Braceborough, Dunsby, Greatford, Kirkby Underwood, Little Bytham, Lound, Pointon, South Witham, Swayfield, Swinstead, Thurlby, Witham-on-the-Hill would be axed under the plans.

The council is offering grants to communities which step forward to run their own library of £5,000 a year to run a library and up to 4,000 books, as well as a one-off payment of £15,000 for building works and equipment.

The consultation runs until September 30. Visit the Lincolnshire County Council website to have your say on the proposals.