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Date set for library re-opening

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5:20am 8th August 2017

Campaigners have revealed that Whalley Library will re-open again in mid-November.

They have provisional dates of either the 18th or 19th of that month.

It follows the County Council's decision to look again at the move to close a number of libraries.

The Conservatives, who gained control in May, then announced that nine of them would open again.

They are Barrowford, Bolton-le-Sands, Burnley Campus, Freckleton, Fulwood, Lostock Hall, Oswaldtwistle, Silverdale and Whalley.

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Progress is also being made to establish independently community-run libraries at Crawshawbooth, Penwortham (in the former young people's centre), Pike Hill and Trawden.

The Council approved an additional £1.654 million to the 2017/18 revenue budget in order to meet the running costs of re-opening closed libraries.

An additional £1.571 million was also agreed which will be needed for necessary building works and associated costs to enable the closed libraries to re-open.

Ged Mirfin fought to save the one in Whalley.

He told 2BR there are still a lot of things to sort out:

"We also need to hire the staff who are actually going to run the place and that process will take three to three and a half months.

"We need to kit the library out with furniture and shelving, and putting the computers back in

"I think if you talk to anybody in the village, they say 'just make sure this situation doesn't happen again.'

"We need someway of protecting this as a community asset, transferring it to the community so it's actually owned and run by, at least in part, the community."

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