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Two more Lancashire libraries saved

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Published by at 2:59pm 11th November 2016 (Updated 9:40am 16th November 2016)

Incredible news as two more of Lancashire's libraries are saved.

Coppull and Eccleston were set to see their libraries close and become 'satellite libraries', but will continue running as normal until March 2018.

That's because they'll retain their current level of provision whilst the community can make plans to take over the libraries themselves.

Councillor Alan Whittaker, Lead Member for Rural Services at Chorley Council, said:

“It is often the rural areas that lose out when it comes to rationalising services so it’s really important as a borough council that we do what we can for residents and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to retain the current level of service in both Coppull and Eccleston.”

The news comes just weeks after Chorley Council stepped in to save Adlington Library from full closure, meaning there will be no reduction in library services across the whole borough of Chorley.

The deal means that Chorley Council will provide almost £100,000 worth of funding to allow the county council to provide the existing level of service up until March 2018, while other options are considered.

 

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said:

“We promised our residents that we would do all we can to mitigate the cuts in service by the county council and the money we are providing to fund library services and some of the bus routes is evidence of that.

“As we are doing in Adlington we will now be working with the communities in both Coppull and Eccleston to preserve the long term futures of the libraries.”

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If an agreement had not been reached both Eccleston and Coppull would have become ‘satellite’ libraries, which are unstaffed libraries sharing a space in a council building.

David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said:

“Reducing services is the last thing we want to do but the scale of the county council's financial challenge means we have to take these difficult decisions in order to safeguard services for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"This agreement shows the benefit of different organisations working together in the common interest.

"At a time when the county council simply does not have the necessary resources we are grateful that Chorley Council has been able to support these services in Eccleston and Coppull.”

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