Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A library service is set to be restored in St Annes with plans underway to establish a temporary facility while repairs are ongoing to the main library building.
Lancashire County Council is in discussion with Fylde Borough Council about proposals to put a mobile library on land near the Public Offices to ensure people have access to library services.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We're currently exploring the practicalities of siting one of our mobile library units in St Annes while the main building is being renovated.
"A mobile library vehicle will be made available and we're looking at parking it near the Public Offices on Clifton Drive to fill the current gap in provision.
"The plan is to transfer 3,000 books from the main building to the mobile library."
Lancashire County Council is currently considering the results of specialist heritage conservation surveys which have been carried out to inform repairs needed to the grade 2 listed St Annes Library.
Areas under consideration for repair include the masonry windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola.
County Councillor Buckley added: "St Annes Library is over 110 years old and grade 2 listed, which means it has taken considerable time to commission and carry out specialist surveys to identify the scope of all the repairs that are needed.
"There is a significant amount of work to be done and it is clear that it will be some time before the library will reopen but I am committed to seeing this through. In the meantime, it is important to me to fill the gap in provision in St Annes and I'm grateful to Fylde Borough Council for working closely with us to find a suitable location for the mobile library.
"There are some practicalities still to sort out – for example, ensuring power to the mobile library – but we're working to confirm a suitable site and get it set up as soon as possible."
Councillor Susan Fazackerley, leader of Fylde Council, said: "Fylde Council is very pleased to be able to assist Lancashire County Council with temporary library provision for St Annes residents.
"This is a good example of partnership working between the two authorities and should prove a convenient, town centre location whilst our beautiful Carnegie Library is undergoing vital structural repair work."
Find out more about Lancashire Libraries, including opening times at Ansdell and Kirkham.
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