New chapter at former library

Artists impression of proposed day care centre at the former Bispham Library.

Artists impression of proposed day care centre at the former Bispham Library.

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WORK is due to begin next month on a £1m project to transform a former Blackpool library into a day care centre.

The council is joining forces with health chiefs to create a new hub for people with learning difficulties at the former library on Bispham Road.

Bispham Library

Bispham Library

It is due to be completed by September and, along with facilities at Whitegate Drive Independent Living Centre, will replace the Langdale Centre in Mereside.

Coun Kath Rowson, cabinet member for adult social care on Blackpool Council, said: “The new building will be much more practical for many people who currently have to travel across Blackpool to use our disabled facilties.

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“The plans for the old Bispham Library site look very impressive and we have kept the front of the building unchanged, which was an important part of the design for us.

“We are also retaining the garden at the front of the library as this is a peaceful oasis that is appreciated by many local residents.”

The new facilities will continue to be called the Langdale Project and to be run by the Learning Disability Partnership.

Plans have been approved which will see the demolition of the existing health centre and dental clinic, and the construction of a single storey rear extension to the former library which was replaced by the new Moor Park Library last year.