Register office looks set to stay

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BOURNE looks set to keep its register office.

Lincolnshire County Council is considering closing the office in West Street to save money.

The council launched a 90-day consultation into the issue in August and received “significant” local support for keeping the office open.

Now officers have recommended registration services be retained in Bourne, although the West Street office may still close. A report will go before the council’s executive on Tuesday for final approval.

Councillor Sue Woolley (Con), repres-enting the Bourne Abbey ward, campaigned against the proposals and is hopeful the recommendations will be taken on board.

She said: “My fingers and toes are crossed about keeping the services in Bourne.”

Bourne is one of five county offices threatened with closure along with Caistor/Market Rasen, Horncastle, Long Sutton and Spilsby.

Of the 26 responses to the council’s online survey 15 were about Bourne, four were about Horncastle and three were for Long Sutton.

And of the 34 e-mail and written responses, 11 were about Bourne, two for Horncastle and for 13 Long Sutton. Many responses were on behalf of organisations, such as Bourne Town Council.

The report due to go before the executive on Tuesday explains the recommendation to keep registration services in Bourne.

It says: “Alternative, more cost-effective accommodation has been identified allowing for the continuation of the core elements of service delivery. There has been significant local support for the retention of the service in Bourne.”

The council would not confirm where it had chosen as the alternative location for the services. But Coun Woolley thinks the new community access point planned for the Corn Exchange would be ideal.

She said: “It makes a lot of sense for it to go into the community access point, although it might not be the only option. We have some viable options in Bourne for the services to be put in.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all those people who took the time and effort to get in contact. There is no doubt it had a significant bearing on retaining the services in the town.”