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Nunsthorpe community group saves due-to-close library

Centre4 community centre Image copyright Centre4
Image caption The library will be run from the site of the former St Mary's Catholic School, now a community centre

A North East Lincolnshire community group is to take over the running of a library, saving it from closure.

Nunsthorpe Library was among six others facing the axe, as the council tries to cut £500,000 from a £3m budget.

From 18 December, charity Centre4 will run the library from a new site at a former school.

The council said it was negotiating the running of Grant Thorold, Willows, Humberston, Scartho and Laceby libraries with other community groups.

But the authority said it would continue to run its Grimsby Central, Cleethorpes, Waltham and Immingham library services.

Centre4 said it would run the Nunsthorpe Library at its new community centre, on Wootton Road, the site of the former St Mary's Catholic School.

'Every success'

Linda Dellow, chief officer of Centre4, said the library would be staffed by volunteers.

The council said it would provide an annual grant of about £5,000, to help with the running costs.

Councillor Mick Burnett said: "I wish Centre4 every success in their new venture and look forward to seeing the opening of more community-led libraries across the borough in the coming weeks."

The Labour-led council needs to save £76m by 2017.

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