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Whalley library is put up for sale again

Whalley Library meeting

5:50am 28th February 2017

Whalley library is back on the market - after Councillors said they couldn't find anybody to run it.

They had been looking for a community group to take on responsibility for the building.

2BR revealed back in December that the library would be sold off, along with those in Barrowford, Bolton-le-Sands, Earby, Freckleton and Fulwood.

The libraries were put up for sale on New Year's Eve.

But the building in Whalley was taken off the market after the Save Whalley Library campaign got Government Minister Rob Wilson to listen to their case.

He visited the site in January and said he would be writing to Lancashire County Council Leader Jennifer Mein.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone said:

"When the libraries minister came to County Hall, we agreed to delay putting Whalley library on the market in the hope that a community group would express an interest in taking it over.

"In other parts of Lancashire, community groups are being assisted to take over the running of libraries and a number have already been transferred from the County Council to the community.

"Unfortunately we have had no expression of interest from the community in Whalley, despite extending our deadline following the minister's visit.

"In the circumstances, we have no alternative other than to put the building back on the market. It is simply not possible to sit back and do nothing.

"I have no desire to close any libraries but the simple brutal truth is that the County Council's budget crisis is so severe that we have no other options left open to us.

"The Tory government has cut Lancashire County Council's budget by a staggering 62% in just six years. That's a reduction of £685 million.

"Closed libraries are what unprecedented cuts in public spending looks like and it breaks my heart that we are being forced to do things like this.

"The offer of a transfer to the community remains open."

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