Libraries share in £3m booster

St Annes Library , Clifton Drive South St Annes
St Annes Library , Clifton Drive South St Annes
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LIBRARIES in Wyre and Fylde are to receive part of a £3.25m cash boost to improve facilities and services.

Lancashire County Council has decided four libraries in the area are in need of urgent renovation, as part of the Regenerate programme.

Freckleton and St Annes libraries are to be refurbished and Chatsworth Library in Fleetwood will be completely replaced, while work will continue to improve Lytham Library.

County Coun Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “Despite the fact we are having to face up to significant financial challenges, this investment illustrates our ongoing commitment to the county’s superb libraries.

“Many of these libraries already have thriving and popular community programmes. The Regenerate initiative will help to develop these links to the local community and encourage more activities.”

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Funding for each library has been confirmed and plans for redevelopment will begin immediately, with work expected to be complete by 2015.

Fylde councillor Susan Fazackerley, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “In recent years St Annes library in particular has taken on a new role, like a community centre. There’s always something going on. I hope the funding goes where the libraries think it is needed.”

Each library is to be regenerated according to its own needs, with some having new movable shelving fitted or toilet facilities added.

The county council has stressed planned and actual expenditure will be closely monitored by council officers alongside architects and partners to ensure value for money in light of financial pressures.

Some 23 libraries across Lancashire have already been regenerated to improve spaces and community provision or to add further facilities.

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