Have your say on changes to library hours

Councillor Gillian Campbell

Councillor Gillian Campbell

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Have your say

Residents are being urged to take part in a consultation about potential changes to library opening hours in Blackpool.

It is hoped to tailor the hours more closely to the times people use the facilities – although it will result in a net reduction in opening hours.

It could see Boundary, Mereside and Revoe libraries open on more days during the middle of the week.

At the same time, opening hours at all of the libraries could be changed in order to work “more effectively”.

The libraries would continue to open for special occasions, as well as being available to hire for community events, outside of the normal working hours.

The proposals are part of a consultation throughout this month, which will run until Monday November 30.

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Keeping libraries open has become harder every single year as the Government’s cuts get deeper and deeper.

“Our solution to those cuts is to take a very close look at who is using the libraries and when.

“After all, if people are not using it at a certain time then we can’t justify using our limited resources to keep it open and staffed then.

“In order to make an informed decision, we are keen to hear from all library users about how they use the library and when.”

People can see the proposed changes to the opening times and take part in the consultation by logging onto www.blackpool.gov.uk/consultation before the closing date of November 30.

Consultation forms are also available to complete by going into any of the town’s libraries.