Latest news on Deepngs library campaign at meeting

Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow
Deepings Library, High Street, Market Deeping. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250613-010ow

Campaigners fighting to save their library from closure have called a public meeting to update residents on their position.

Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St James Parish Council launched a joint bid to take over Deepings Library after Lincolnshire County Council decided to close it.

The councils are still fighting for a county council-run facility, but have expressed their interest in taking over the library on a voluntary basis as a last resort.

A public meeting will be held at Deepings Community Centre in Douglas Road, Market Deeping, from 7.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday), when councillors will update people on the status of their campaign.

Deeping St James parish councillor Phil Dilks (Lab), who is also a county councillor, said: “This is not a protest meeting. It’s to update those who would consider supporting the voluntary bid.

“We will tell people how that might work and how we might move forward.

“We haven’t given up on the original campaign to save the current library.”

The councils’ initial expression of interest in taking over Deepings Library was bounced back by the county council for being incomplete.

But Coun Dilks said it had been impossible to come up with a complete business plan because councillors did not know where the library would end up.

He said this was because the county council had been exploring the option of moving the service from its current location in High Street, Market Deeping, to the nearby Deepings Community Centre.

Coun Dilks said: “It’s time for them to come clean now and tell us what’s going on. What they are expecting us to do is to put an expression of interest on a library that we don’t know when it’s going to be built, how big it will be or even if it will be built.

“We can’t put in for the existing building because they are negotiating to sell it off.”

A group set up to fight the county council’s overall plan to close 32 libraries has written to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller.

Maurice Nauta, on behalf of Save Lincolnshire Libraries, has asked the MP to order an inquiry into the cuts.

Mr Nauta said: “I have supplied the Secretary of State with detailed and factual information so that she can judge for herself whether she believes that the council has acted appropriately in pushing through proposals which I fear will not only destroy the library service in Lincolnshire, but damage the sense of community, hope and democracy across the whole of the country’s second largest county. “