Created: 05 January 2020
Almost £300,000 will be invested in the redevelopment of the Old Market Hall off the High Street in Crowle to deliver services for adults and families from across the Isle. In addition, a special area will be created to deliver the return of a post office service, initially on part time basis, the hub will also accommodate a new library. Andrew and local Councillors, John Briggs and Julie Reed, previously saved the Old Market Hall for the community and have since worked to help secure funding for projects run from the venue, including the community cinema.
Currently residents have to travel out of the Isle and to numerous council buildings, this investment will simplify the number of buildings that residents have to attend to receive support. The council is keen to enhance accessibility to residents and this remodelled hub will improve the customer service experience.
The cash invested in Crowle comes as part of a £5m community-focussed investment programme taking in all parts of the county.
The investment follows the success of Axholme North Leisure Centre and will further bolster the flourishing community facilities designed to enable people across the Isle and North Lincolnshire to stay safe and well.
Cllr Julie Reed said: “The driving force behind this investment programme is to ensure communities in the Isle receive tailored support which best meets their needs. From first principles to ultimate delivery of services, this specialist facility has been designed to improve older peoples’ lives through wellbeing facilities, for families the library and additional support linked to the children’s centre.”
“Communities must be able to access the support they need in the best possible surroundings with the best possible provision at the place which suits them best.”
Cllr John Briggs, “The hub is already used by many community groups from the community cinema to the heritage society, local residents will now be able to maximise their visit to the building. I am pleased to report that the former library building will in the future accommodate the Town Council with the opportunity to work with a number of other community groups.”
Isle MP Andrew Percy adds, “This investment which creates a new library as part of a central hub will increase accessibility to services for many residents in the North of the Isle. The return of the post office will be welcomed by many residents. The post office have been unable to find a permanent location for a long time now. Since its closure John Briggs, Julie Reed and I have worked hard with them to support its return. The new service will be limited to start with, however it is hoped that with residents support they might be able to provide more hours in the near future.”
The new facilities will include:
Baby massage, chair-based exercise, healthy lifestyles support for weight management and smoking cessation, family stay and play, reminiscence, local history, swim, gym and group fitness sessions, adult and family learning, positive activities for youth.
Signposting to services, local information, digital assistance, photocopying and scanning, internet access, appointment-based information, advice and guidance e.g. blue badge applications, digital application forms e.g. benefits, bus passes, passport applications.
Lending library, adult learning, Imagination Library, Summer Reading Challenge, reading groups, study space, children’s storytelling, newspaper groups, online newspapers/magazines