Wheatley Lane Library to close

Monday, March 7, 2016

Wheatley Lane Library will close to the public at the end of the month.

The library, on Wheatley Lane in Fence, has been run by Lancashire County Council with financial support from Pendle Borough Council since 2006. Without this provision, the library would have closed at this time, as part of plans to close seven other libraries.

Under these current shared arrangements with the county council to keep the library open, Pendle Borough Council has covered the salary of the member of staff who works there and the running costs of the building.

Lancashire County Council has met other costs during this time to keep the library running, including buying books and making the peoples' network computer available.

Pendle Borough Council's latest budget included the proposal to withdraw funding from Wheatley Lane Library from 1 April, meaning that the library will have to close on Thursday 31 March.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: "Lancashire County Council, like many other authorities, faces an unprecedented financial challenge as a result of relentless cuts in central government funding combined with a rising demand for our services.

"This unfortunately means that we are having to take a number of extremely difficult decisions, including not being able to step in to help Pendle Borough Council to continue to resource the running of Wheatley Lane Library."

Discussions are currently ongoing between Lancashire County Council, Pendle Borough Council and the Village Hall Management Committee regarding the future management and use of the building.

The closure of Wheatley Lane Library is separate from Lancashire County Council's decision to close 40 libraries as part of its own budget process.


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