Protest held against library cuts in Lincolnshire

Despite huge public opposition, the proposed library service cuts will still go ahead.
Despite huge public opposition, the proposed library service cuts will still go ahead.
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Protesters have gathered outside Lincolnshire County Council’s offices to fight cuts to the library service.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries organised the protest to coincide with a meeting of the community and public safety scrutiny meeting today (Tuesday), at which cuts to the library service will be discussed.

The council wants to withdraw funding from 30 of its 45 libraries, including Deepings Library in Market Deeping, and put the rest of the service out to tender. The authority wants volunteer groups to run those libraries that lose their funding.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries has been fighting to change the council’s mind. The group wants either the council or a not-for-profit organisation to run the whole service.

You can keep up with the protest live by following the #LincsLibraryScrutiny hashtag on Twitter.

Members of the Friends of Deepings Library Group will speak at today’s meeting. They hope to convince the council to include all 45 libraries in the tender process, rather than the 15 currently in contention.

A final decision on the cuts will be made by the council’s executive on February 3.