Library petition is ready to trigger council debate

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Campaigners fighting to save their library now have enough signatures on a petition to trigger a full council debate.

More than 4,000 people have signed the petition which states: “We the undersigned call on Lincolnshire County Council to reconsider the plan to withdraw funding which risks closure of Deepings Library.”

The council hopes to save £2m from its annual £6m library budget and has proposed withdrawing funding from 32 if its 47 libraries.

Campaigners have now passed the threshold of 3,500 signatures needed to trigger a council debate on their petition.

They hope to present the document to the council ahead of a meeting on September 13.

Deeping St James county councillor Phil Dilks (Lab) said: “The Deepings is an amazing place. We have shown that by working together as a cross-community, non-political campaign that we can achieve great things.

“We stopped £1m being wasted on a traffic light scheme that wasn’t needed and we can do this as well.

“Closing our library is a daft idea and they have got it wrong. I am fantastically encouraged by the number of signatures on the petition and I hope more people will sign it still.”

Campaigners in the Deepings believe their library should have been included among the tier one or two libraries, which the council will continue to fund.

Instead it has been placed in tier three, which the council says includes communities of “at least 550 households.”

Libraries in places such as Long Sutton and Woodhall Spa, which have smaller populations than the Deepings, are in tier two and will stay open. Stamford Library is in tier one.