The fight to keep Deepings Library open has been boosted just as a final shortlist of candidates to run the county’s libraries is revealed.
South Kesteven District Council leader Bob Adams vowed to use “all the influence I can” to keep the library in Market Deeping open in the face of plans to slash the number of local authority-run libraries from 47 to 15.
I will make every endeavour and use all the influence I can to make sure your library stays open.South Kesteven District Council leader Bob Adams
Lincolnshire County Council has been stalled in its plans by a second judicial review into the way the decision was reached after initial plans were quashed by the High Court last July.
As a result, private sector groups were invited to bid for the right to run the county’s libraries and three groups, Greenwich Leisure, Vision and Vivacity Peterborough have been shortlisted.
But Liz Waterland from the Friends of Deepings Library said: “It has been two years since Lincolnshire County Council first said it would close Deepings Library.
“Since then, the Friends of Deeping Library have fought to keep it (open) and in the Deepings, 9,000 people signed the petition to keep our library open.
“There are 8,000 registered users of the library, 2,500 active users at any one time and over 40,000 transactions a year.
“It is the 11th busiest library in Lincolnshire and, as a result of our campaign, The Friends of Deepings Library has 250 signed-up members.
“That is why we are still fighting after two years and why the fight is still not over yet.”
Coun Adams was a guest at the annual meeting of Deeping St James Parish Council where he said: “I will make every endeavour and use all the influence I can to make sure your library stays open.
“It really has been an object lesson in what communities can do for each other and what they can achieve by doing it together.
“I hope (that) this community goes from strength to strength and if there is anything I can do to make that happen with your library, I will do so.”
Coun Nick Worth, the county council’s executive member for libraries, said: ”We will continue to implement our plans to create a new-look library service, working with local groups to develop a network of community hubs over the next few months.
“We will do so in the firm belief that our plans are good for taxpayers, good for library users and good for local communities.”