Lytham Library hope leads to new friends group

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A plea has been issued for members of a new group set up to protect a Fylde library that looks set to re-open.

A Lytham Library friends’ group has been formed amid anticipation of the building being reopened by the incoming Conservative regime at County Hall.

As the Tories took charge at County Hall at yesterday’s annual meeting, the group has already given strong indications it will reopen libraries closed by the previous ruling Labour group last autumn.

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That closure list included Lytham – and a group called Save Lytham Library has been campaigning since to restore services there, ideally with added community use and involvement.

Now, in anticipation of an expected reversal of the closure, the group has evolved into the Friends of Lytham Library and Institute.

Spokeswoman Christine Marshall, who chaired the Save Lytham Library group, said: “We are all very pleased at the prospect of the library re-opening but the indications are that this will take some time.”

She added the aim of the new group was ‘not just to protect the library but also the building for community use’.

“The intention is to try and get Lytham library going as a thriving community hub where lots of exciting activities can go on,” she said.

For more information, email chrismarshallupnorth@gmail.com

County Coun Driver has not commented on specific library re-openings but previously pledged to ‘sort out the libraries’.