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Eric Pickles with Hemswell Cliff Primary School pupils
Eric Pickles with Hemswell Cliff Primary School pupils

A SENIOR politician was in town to officially open a Harry Potter themed room at a primary school.

Communities secretary Rt Hon Eric Pickles visited Hemswell Cliff Primary School to open its £10,000 Room of Requirement – a community library named after a room featured in the Harry Potter series.

The aim of Mr Pickles’s visit to West Lindsey was to see how ‘localism and the big society’ policies are being translated into practice in the area.

Hemswell Cliff Primary School’s headteacher Suzanne Scott said: “It is a great honour to welcome the secretary of state to our school.

“We have 91 children here and we have been telling them all about Mr Pickles and his work. We are looking forward to using this facility along with our community.”

Following Mr Pickles’s school visit coun Paul Howitt-Cowan gave a presentation highlighting West Lindsey’s unique position in having three former Ministry of Defence sites.

He said: “Hemswell Cliff, Brookenby and Newtoft were once thriving places full of facilities for the local communities. But now there are little or no transport links and pockets of deprivation and hardship.

“In the spirit of the Big Society, parish councils and community groups want to make their communities sustainable but they need help securing land and buildings.”

West Lindsey council leader coun Burt Keimach said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Pickles to the district. It was an ideal opportunity for us to showcase some of the great work we have been doing in our communities with our excellent partners.”

Mr Pickles was also given a tour of Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough with a chance to meet some traders.