Dream to save library for a village hub

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Villagers are to be asked if they would support a dream to take over a library and create a community hub.

Early work is being carried out by Pinchbeck Parish Council looking into whether it is feasible to take over the village’s library and extend the use of its current building for community groups.

A survey has been sent out to around 1,900 homes in East and West Pinchbeck, asking for residents’ views on taking over the library and using trained volunteers to manage it.

The library, in Knight Street, is due to be closed as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s cuts to save around £2million.

The survey also asks if people would be willing to become volunteers and whether they would like to see the adult study centre/library building retained for use by community and other groups.

Parish councillor John Allen said: “The building is completely under-utilised at the moment so as a parish council we thought we would have a look at retaining the building and bringing it under our control and utilising it as it should be for the community.”

The building could then be used for parish council meetings, training sessions, play groups and social groups and volunteers would be trained to run the library.

The council is now applying for a grant which would pay for a feasibility study into whether the plan would be commercially viable.

Mr Allen added: “We need to look at what is viable, whether it will pay for itself and how much it is going to cost.

“But first we need to know if people in the parish would support it.”

The survey, which also asks villagers’ views on plans for new play equipment on the Glebe Field, can be obtained by emailing pinchbeckparish.btconnect.com and should be returned to Pinchbeck library as soon as possible.