Shock as closure hit list is revealed

Campaigners are determined to keep fighting to save their libraries after County Hall bosses revealed which premises could close.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 11:01 am
Campaigners call for Adlington Library to be kept open

Cash-strapped Lancashire County Council has confirmed the 105 council premises it is proposing to shut.

Adlington Library could close, as the number of libraries in Lancashire is slashed from 73 to 44.

Stuart Clewlow, who has been campaigning to save Adlington Library, said: “Generally speaking, I am pleased for the borough that we are looking at the threat of closure to only one of our libraries.

“However, it is concerning that Adlington has been identified as surplus to requirement when it serves an ever growing population and continually evolves to meet the ever varying needs of the community.”

Coppull and Eccleston could become “satellite” libraries, meaning they would not be staffed but people could use self-service counters to collect reserved books and return books.

Caroline Parr, a campaigner for Eccleston Library, said she was concerned about the staff and the activities currently on offer.

She said: “If there are no library staff, who will deliver these groups?

“Whilst for people in Adlington, that’s horrendous, but I don’t think it’s a particularly positive message for Eccleston or Coppull or other libraries in the same predicament.”

Also listed for closure were: Astley and Buckshaw Children’s Centre, Blossomfields Children’s Centre in Eccleston, Chorley Adult Disability Day Service, Chorley Youth Offending Team,Clayton Brook Children’s Centre, Coppull Children’s Centre, Coppull Young People’s Centre, Eccleston Young People’s Centre, Highfield Children’s Centre, Millfield Children’s Centre in Brinscall, and The Zone.

County council needs to save £200m by 2020/21 due to cuts to its budget and rising demand for services.

Bosses are suggesting bringing services together to form “multi-functional buildings”, known as neighbourhood centres, which would provide services in one place.

Subject to cabinet approval, a 12-week consultation is due to begin on May 18.

County council leader Coun Jenny Mein said: “These proposals are very difficult ones for councillors to have to consider, but our aim is to come up with a solution that still gives everyone in Lancashire good access to good services, even though some will have to be further away than they are now.”