Save Lincolnshire Libraries to hold protest at council offices

Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaigners arrive in London.
Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaigners arrive in London.

A library campaign group will hold a protest outside council offices.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries will meet at the Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln at 9.15am on Tuesday. The group has timed the protest to coincide with a meeting of the community and public safety scrutiny meeting, 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. A statement on the group’s website confirmed the protest was taking place, adding: “We’d also very much like campaigners to attend the scrutiny meeting at 10am. We do not believe the public can contribute to the debate, but your presence will let councillors know they are being watched and judged on their actions.

“We also invite you to Tweet if you have an account using ‪#‎LincsLibraryScrutiny‬. Julie Harrison will be speaking on behalf of the campaign.”

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