Ten thousand people want Glamis Hall in Wellingborough saved

Heather Saunders and Margaret Gouffini presenting their petition to save Glamis Hall at Wellingborough Council
Heather Saunders and Margaret Gouffini presenting their petition to save Glamis Hall at Wellingborough Council
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More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for a day centre to be saved from closure.

After weeks of campaigning, the petitions distributed around Wellingborough and surrounding villages have been collected and the number of people saying Glamis Hall in the town should be saved now stands at 10,119.

Campaigners Heather Saunders and Margaret Gouffini presented the petition to Wellingborough Council this week ahead of the extraordinary meeting to discuss it on September 2.

Graham Campbell, who is part of the group set up to save the centre after the council said the building was no longer fit for purpose and would close from the beginning of next year, said: “We have got more than 10,000 names on the petition.

“Everyone knows the hall or someone who uses it, it’s such a big thing for the community.

“The response has been fantastic from the public.

“If the council doesn’t take notice and listen to the people, I don’t know what they are going to do.”

Mr Campbell’s dad has been going to the day centre for 20 years, and he added: “I know that he won’t be here in a year’s time if it goes because it’s his life.”

The campaigners are now busy preparing for the meeting with the council.

Mr Campbell said: “There are 10,000 people saying hang on a minute, you can’t be doing this. We have really tried our hardest, but it’s been a long hard slog.

“If the meeting doesn’t go our way then we’re still thinking of going ahead with the judicial review.

“We know we’ve got a good argument.”