It isn't over yet for Whalley library
7:00am 17th April 2017
An offer to carry on running Whalley library as a community hub could save the much loved building.
The Lancaster Foundation want to buy the building, and hand it over to the community.
That means they can carry on using it as they have been, and even more services could be added.
Ged Mirfin's from the Save Whalley Library group who's fought for months for the building.
He says it's brilliant news - and the town's getting involved;
"They've left it to the community to decide what it wants to do, which will run the library going forward.
"We will be responsible for generating the sustainable revenue stream that the library needs to function as a community asset on an ongoing basis".
And local resident Gillian Derbyshire adds it's just what Whalley needs;
"It's really important that we try and maintain the services for the community.
"There could be a new lease of life for the library and it could revatalise things.
"But we have limited services anyway in a rural area and we need to retain them as much as we can".
Chris Richardson of the Foundation said:
"The Lancaster family are very sympathetic to the Whalley residents following the library closure and see the potential of a thriving community hub being created to benefit many.
"Whalley is undergoing much growth and change and we see this potential community meeting space as a real benefit to the locals.
"We are already encouraged by the strength of public support."
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