Plans published to reopen two further libraries

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Proposals to reopen a further two libraries at Parbold and Thornton are to be considered by Lancashire County Council's cabinet.

The cabinet agreed plans in early July for the phased reopening of 14 libraries, nine of which will be run by the county council and five as independent community libraries.

Parbold Library and Thornton Library were among 12 libraries about which decisions were deferred to allow time for further consideration.

A report to the cabinet meeting on Thursday 10 August outlines that the council had been considering proposals to transfer ownership of the two libraries to local groups under the provisions of the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy.

However, both groups have subsequently indicated that they would prefer the county council to operate a library service rather than continue with an asset transfer. It is now proposed to add Parbold Library and Thornton Library to those which will reopen between November 2017 and April 2018.

26 of the council's original 73 libraries were closed under the council's previous administration.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said:

"Libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, offering free access to books and information, as well as being a place where communities can get together.

"We are grateful to all the voluntary and community groups who have and continue to commit time and resources into the library service and its future development.

"We want to improve people's access to libraries as soon as we can, and I am pleased that cabinet will now consider adding Parbold and Thornton libraries to those we will reopen in the coming months."

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