A Lincolnshire Tory MP – and Government Minister – has demanded that fellow Conservative Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council ‘urgently rethinks’ his plan which threatens the future of 30 libraries across the county, particularly Deepings Library which is one of the busiest in Lincolnshire.
In a letter to library campaigners, John Hayes, Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings writes (full letter attached):
“Like you, I was extremely disappointed to learn of Lincolnshire County Council’s recent decision to stick with their original plans that threaten the future of Deepings library…To expect a group of volunteers on very limited resources to run a library service is clearly unfair, unrealistic and unsustainable”
Phil Dilks added: “I welcome this letter from a Tory MP which comes on top of a similar call last week from Cllr Linda Neal, Conservative Leader of South Kesteven District Council.
“It shows that the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign has massive cross-party support as well as the backing of the vast majority of people across Lincolnshire who value their local library.
“As the Judge in the High Court case noted, the only people who appear to support handing Lincolnshire’s libraries over to volunteer groups to open just six hours a week is Cllr Martin Hill and his Executive.
“It’s an absolute scandal. The Tory-LibDem Executive have already cut library hours by 40 per cent and now threaten closures. But tomorrow (Tuesday) they have a real chance to listen to the people they are supposed to represent, stop this crazy nonsense and return to providing the proper library service they promised in their election manifesto.”
Click the link below to see the full letter in file attached from John Hayes MP to Andrew Bowell, organiser of a petition against the planned closures which attracted more than 9,000 signatures – more than half the entire population of The Deepings.