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Big changes coming to Lancashire

Lancashire County Council HQ 4

5:30am 7th September 2017
(Updated 6:48am 7th September 2017)

We've heard how Lancashire County Council need to make £45m in savings - now we're being told what they're spending to improve Lancashire.

Yesterday, news broke that the county has to make savings of £167m by 2021/22.

They said their financial position is currently "extremely challenging" - with rising pressures and demand.

But that doesn't mean we'll be seeing even more cuts to some of our most important services.

A meeting next week (Thursday 14th September) will see the council making decisions on where to spend money.

First - there could be £3m spent fixing residential roads across Lancashire.

Some of the worst in the county would be resurfaced to get rid of those pesky potholes.


If the increased investment is approved, work could get underway in weeks - which will be great news for residents.

44 of the roads up for resurfacing will be on the council's website on the 14th September.

Next - we're talking buses.

An extra £1m could be invested into the bus network in Lancashire.

It's also up for discussion at the cabinet meeting - with the budget increasing to £3m.

There'll be recommendations for more support for buses - with new routes planned and improvements to existing ones.

bus stop

That would restore lost links between communities and rural areas, as well as more frequent buses.

The council says that is vital to the area's economy so people can access work and education.

If these plans are agreed, timetables will be developed and the new routes could start as early at 10th December.

And finally - libraries are also seeing an investment.

Adlington Library could see their ownership transferred back to Lancashire County Council.

And Cleveleys Library and Children's Centre group want their library to be an independent community library.

The cabinet's being asked to approve the transfer, which would bring the number of independent community libraries in development to six.

whalley library update 1

The council's also asking for opnions on how long our libraries should be open.

This consultation could start in October and run for two months.

Each library would fit into a 'band' depending on local need, which shows how long it would be open and when.

The model being recommended is:

Band One - Open for 50 hours over six days every week
Band Two - Open for 42 hours over six days every week
Band Three - Open for 34 hours over five days every week
Band Four - Open for 18 hours over four days every week

That would see libraries open for longer than they are right now.

What are your thoughts on all these plans?

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