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Battle to save libraries goes to Cameron

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

Campaigners from The Deepings take their battle to stop the axing of county libraries to Prime Minister David Cameron in London next Tuesday.

They will join protesters from across Lincolnshire at a meeting in the House of Commons to press their case for a county council run library service in the county.

They will lobby the Prime Minister, the Government and MPs.

Labour county councillor Phil Dilks, spokesman for Save Lincolnshire Libraries, said: “What this is about is ensuring our case is heard not only locally but at national level.

“While we want the county council to start talking to us about how a better library service can be delivered, the Government and MPs need to understand how important libraries are.

“They need to help us change the county council’s mind and also ensure that libraries are maintained and developed in the future.”

Lincolnshire County Council wants to save £2million by placing more than 30 libraries into the hands of volunteers – among those on the hit list are libraries in Market Deeping, Holbeach, Donington and Crowland.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries has forced the council’s decision to a judicial review in the High Court.

Around 25,000 people have signed a petition opposing the planned cutbacks.

The coach taking campaigners to the meeting will have pick-up points in Mablethorpe, Louth, Lincoln and The Deepings to enable people from across the county to travel to London to lobby MPs.

• Anyone who would like to join the campaign can contact Save Lincolnshire Libraries on 01507 358650 or email sll@southsomercotes.fsnet.co.uk

 

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