Plea to save Bourne’s register office

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A COUNTY councillor has appealed for residents to help save Bourne’s register office.

Lincolnshire County Council revealed a fortnight ago it was looking at closing the West Street office.

The office is one of five facing closure in the county as the council looks to save money.

But county councillor Sue Woolley (Con), representing the Bourne Abbey ward, thinks the office should instead be moved to another council building, such as the library or the youth centre in Queen’s Road.

Coun Woolley said: “I was disappointed to learn the registration office in Bourne may close.

“I fully accept the need for the county council to make savings and so support the closure of the present facility.

“However, I believe other possible options to relocate the service, or at least part of it, within the town should be explored.”

The venue is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and registered 162 marriages, 137 deaths and 22 births last year. It also hosted 48 ceremonies.

The next nearest registration office for residents is 11 miles away in Stamford.

Coun Woolley said other county council or South Kesteven District Council buildings could be used to register births and deaths, and called for a thorough investigation of options.

She added: “Parents don’t want to be travelling far with a newborn baby, and the same applies for families who have recently lost someone.

“I would urge residents to take part in the consultation and have their say by e-mailing regist@lincolnshire.gov.uk, writing to Julie Waller at The Register Office, 4 Lindum Road, Lincoln, or filling in the survey online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

“By looking at alternative venues, cost savings could be made whilst ensuring we have investigated all ways of delivering this important service.

“Although the facility is only open for a few hours each week, it is a much valued local service and an integral part of the community for Bourne and surrounding villages.”

Residents have until Wednesday to submit their comments to the council.