Voluntary group vows to carry on caring

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“Whatever happens, we’ll be there for you!”

That is the message from a voluntary group in Crowland that fears it could lose its base if the library closes.

Brother and sister Jordan and Kieren Boom filling in the consultation form at Crowland library.

Brother and sister Jordan and Kieren Boom filling in the consultation form at Crowland library.

Crowland Cares provides an information service as well as transport to appointments at doctors’ surgeries and hospitals and other necessary journeys.

The library is in Tier 3 of the Lincolnshire County Council’s proposals for reorganisation of the library service.

This means it could stay open if a local group comes forward to run it on a voluntary basis.

Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said Crowland Cares was a perfect example where a voluntary organisation was already helping to run the library.

However, admin assistant Marilyn Stanhope said it was unlikely the group would be in a position to take it on alone.

She said: “Firstly we want to say that whatever happens we will find a new base to continue.

“Financially we struggle to keep going as it is – so we’re not in a position to pay for the building’s upkeep and running costs.

“But consultation forms are here at the library so we’d encourage as many people as possible to fill it in.

“If any groups are interested in taking on the library we’d be happy to pass that information on.”

A-level students Jordon and Kieren Boom, of Peterborough Road, hope something can be done to save the library.

Jordon (17) said: “I’ve come here to finish work and do research. It would be a great loss to the community if it closed.”