Fiasco has so far cost the public £250k

Bid to save Deepings Library: Liz Waterland, chairman of the Friends of Deepings Library, Coun Phil Dilks, Rhiannon Pinders and Lorraine Watkins. ANL-150128-103737001
Bid to save Deepings Library: Liz Waterland, chairman of the Friends of Deepings Library, Coun Phil Dilks, Rhiannon Pinders and Lorraine Watkins. ANL-150128-103737001

A second judicial review could be in the offing with the county council’s ruling executive expected to rubber stamp controversial changes to Lincolnshire’s library service.

Deeping St James Labour county councillor Phil Dilks, who has fought hard to keep Market Deeping Library in council control, said he “hopes against hope” that council taxpayers aren’t left picking up the bill for further legal action.

“So far it’s cost over a quarter of a million pounds, this exercise,” he said. “It’s time the council listened.”

The council looks certain to ask private companies to put in bids to run 15 core libraries and provide support for 30 others that will be shoved into the hands of volunteers – or close if volunteers don’t come forward.

The council planned to adopt that model of service itself, but lost a judicial review when a judge found it hadn’t properly considered an offer from Greenwich Leisure to run the library service as it stood.

Protesters from The Deepings joined other groups outside County Hall in Lincoln on Tuesday as a scrutiny committee met and later endorsed the latest plan, which is expected to be agreed by the executive on February 3.