Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Lancashire County Council's flagship programme to reopen libraries which closed over a year ago marked another milestone today as Freckleton Library became the latest to reopen its doors.
The library on Preston Old Road was reopened this morning (Tuesday 9 January) by County Councillor Paul Rigby, who represents Fylde South.
Following the closure of 26 of the county's 73 libraries by Lancashire County Council towards the end of 2016, a new administration was elected in May 2017, and has decided to re-open as many libraries as possible.
Plans have been agreed for the phased reopening of libraries, and Freckleton is the
sixth to reopen following the reopening of Silverdale library, Parbold library, Burnley Campus Library, Bolton-le-Sands Library, and Fulwood Library in late 2017.
More are due to reopen over the coming months.
The reopening was attended by local schools as well as many members of the public, who received a short talk on the history of the library and education in the area from local historian Peter Shakeshaft, and everyone enjoyed a special celebration cake presented by the chairman of Freckleton Parish Council.
County Councillor Rigby said: "People in Freckleton have really missed their library and I couldn't be happier to be reopening it today.
"The library is much more than somewhere to borrow books, it provides an important social function in a small community like Freckleton, being a place where people of all ages can meet and interact, and find out about local events and activities."
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Local libraries are a vital service, providing free access to books, information, and the internet for leisure and learning.
"Libraries provide these important services on our doorstep, and it's clear to see from the many people who have come along today how much people in Freckleton value their library.
"We're committed to reopening libraries and this marks another important step in our programme of reopening libraries across Lancashire, and I look forward to reopening more over the coming months."
Lancashire County Council's cabinet has so far made decisions to reopen 13 libraries, and agreed to transfer the ownership of a further seven libraries to local organisations which will operate them as independent community-run libraries. The county council is continuing work towards reopening libraries in all of the areas where libraries were closed.
Opening times for Freckleton Library are:
Tuesday 9am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 1pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
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