Councillors speak out against Deepings Library closure at county meeting

Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow
Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow
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Councillors argued the case for saving their library after handing over a petition with more than 9,000 signatures opposing its closure.

South Kesteven district councillor for Deeping St James, Judy Stevens (Ind), presented the petition to save Deepings Library to a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council on Friday last week.

The petition triggered a debate in the council chamber, with some members speaking out against their own council’s plans to close the facility.

Coun Stevens said: “The people of the Deepings acknowledge that savings have to be made but they argue a serious mistake has been made.”

Deeping St James county councillor Phil Dilks (Lab) said the Deepings Library served a community of 18,000.

Mentioning the petition, he added: “Has there ever been a bigger demonstration collected in just a few weeks of one place’s community speaking to the council’s executive with one voice?”

Bourne Castle councillor Helen Powell (Lincs Independent) said: “The sums do not add up.

“There is no evidence that by closing the library its is going to have a beneficial effect.”

Council leader Martin Hill (Con), who represents Folkingham Rural, was one of those who signed the petition calling for the council to reconsider its plans.

He said: “I suspect, like all the other people who signed the petition saying save the library, they were totally unaware of the full wording of it.”

The public consultation on the council’s proposed changes to library services runs until September 30. A final decision will be made by the council’s nine-person executive.

Visit the Lincolnshire County Council website to have your say on the proposals.