Campaigners fighting to save library services

Dave Spikey with campaigners and authors at Coppull Library
Dave Spikey with campaigners and authors at Coppull Library

Campaigners are stepping up their fights to save libraries from closure.

County councillors voted to go ahead with plans to slash the number of libraries in Lancashire from 74 to 34 amid budget cuts.

And now events are being held at several libraries in a bid to keep their doors open.

A day of action is planned this Saturday to save Leyland Library from closure.

Coun Claire Hamilton and County Coun Matthew Tomlinson will be on Hough Lane in Leyland collecting signatures on a petition. They will also be at the library from 1pm to 3pm for people to sign the petition and talk about the cuts to services.

Campaigners will be at Clayton Green Library in Chorley from 10am on Saturday as they call to keep their library open.

Read-ins are being organised at Adlington Library on Saturday, February 27 and at Euxton Library on Saturday, March 5, both from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Organiser Stuart Clewlow said: “The read-ins will be a chance for people to show their support and demonstrate the value they place on having the library in the community.”

Campaigners fighting to save Coppull Library have already held one peaceful protest, which was attended by hundreds of people including comedian Dave Spikey.

And they are now working with members of Eccleston Library’s campaign to organise a second event on Saturday, March 12.

Plans are still being confirmed, but they hope to have more well-known faces involved and organise walks from library to library.

Organiser Joanne Bithell said: “We are showing that it’s not just about Coppull Library, it’s about all the libraries. We want to support all Lancashire libraries and by doing this next event to link us all together, we will work in unison rather than individually on our own campaigns.”