We are still working to bring Lytham library to the Assembly Rooms and are ensuring that the necessary legal agreements are all in place. Work will then need to be carried out within the building.
We're currently looking to open the library there next year, and we'll let you know an opening date once this is clearer.
On 14 June, the Cabinet agreed plans to run Lytham library from the Assembly Rooms on Dicconson Terrace.
This decision took account of the installation cost, ongoing premises cost and liability, the needs of the community and the service requirements to run a sustainable and efficient library. We also liaised with Fylde Borough Council as owners of both the Assembly Rooms and Lytham Institute buildings.
The Assembly Rooms are owned by Fylde Borough Council and operated by Lytham Town Trust.
The three options that Cabinet considered were the future running of the library from the Assembly Rooms, the Lytham Institute or the Lancashire County Council offices on Hastings Place. The Friends of Lytham Library and Institute and the Lytham Town Trust both submitted business cases .These were considered as part of the work that was done by officers to assess the suitability of potential locations for a modern library service
The option to reopen the library at the Assembly Rooms costs less than half the amount to reopen at Lytham Institute.
For more information view the report to Cabinet 14 June 2018.