SAVED- much loved community group saved thanks to Crookes Councillors

Labour Councillors in Crookes have spoken about their successful campaign to save local community group

Earlier this year, Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy pledged to support the local Crookes Tenants and Residents Association (TARA), after the current cohort of dedicated volunteers expressed worries they would struggle to keep things running alone. Following months of work by councillors, a new group of volunteers has come forward.

"TARAs play a really important part in community life. We are extremely pleased that we have managed to encourage enough new volunteers to continue the group," said Craig

Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy with Crookes TARA volunteers. Several volunteers are no longer able to continue, which left a question mark over the group's future until Craig and Anne stepped in.

"If the TARA had folded, tenants would have lost the popular day trips and events, and the voice the TARA provides," he continued.

"We didn't want this to happen, so we held several 'crisis' meetings, and went door to door, and we promised that as the local councillors we would be here to help anyone who came forward."

After a number of residents answered the call for help, a new committee will form, securing the long term future of the group.