County council votes to close Deepings Library

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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Lincolnshire County Council’s executive has unanimously voted in favour of a series of cuts to the county’s library service which will see funding from Deepings Library withdrawn.

Campaigners trying to save the library in High Street, Market Deeping, had hoped their strong response to the county council’s 13-week consultation would save the facility.

The proposals were discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the full council last month and by the county council community and public safety scrutiny committee yesterday (Monday). But today (Tuesday) the executive, including Market Deeping councillor Peter Robinson (Con), voted in favour of the cuts.

Deepings Library will now be replaced with visits from a mobile library for 17 hours a month.

The council is urging community volunteers to take over the running of their libraries and will write to communities which have not expressed an interest in area where funding will be withdrawn, including the Deepings.

The deadline for communities to express an interest in running their own library has been extended to January 31, 2014.

Campaigners in the Deepings have always been adamant that they wish to keep a professionally staffed library.

A petition with about 9,000 signatures was submitted to the council against the closure of the library.

So far, there have been expressions of interest for 25 existing libraries to be run by community groups across the county, as well as seven communities wanting to create brand new facilities.

Lincolnshire County Council is making the changes in a bid to save £2m a year.

Changes will also be made to mobile library services, with some villages losing their visits altogther.

Stamford and Bourne libraries will stay open, although Stamford will have its opening hours cut by five hours per week.