A NEW £1m hub for people with learning disabilities has been officially launched in Blackpool.
The New Langdale Centre has been built on the site of the former Bispham Library and boasts facilities including a sensory pod and a relaxation garden.
It has replaced the old Langdale Centre, Langdale Road, in Mereside, which closed last month.
A time capsule containing memorabilia from the old centre and items representing events from 2012 including the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, was buried to mark the launch.
Beverely Peake, 53, from South Shore, is one of the users who has helped shape the new facilities.
She said: “What we have got here is fantastic.
“We have a sensory studio which we can chill out and exercise in, and we are also developing a garden which everyone is looking forward to using next year.
“It will make a big difference to my life, and to many other people’s, because we can come here and meet up in nice surroundings.
“There will be groups for art, drama, baking and education.”
The new facility will join up with the Blackpool Centre for Independent Living on Whitegate Drive to provide north and south based services.
Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult services, said: “Inside the building, the facilities that are on offer are state of the art, giving the ultimate in sensory, relaxation and education, that will help people with learning disabilities to develop their inter-personal skills in a fantastic environment.”
The facilities have been funded jointly by the council and Blackpool Primary Care Trust. The former library has been replaced by the new Moor Park Library on Moor Park Avenue in Bispham.