Work on £1m day centre has begun

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 began yesterday on a £1m new day care centre at the site of the former Bispham Library.

An earth-breaking ceremony was be held to mark the start of the scheme on Bispham Road.

Blackpool Council is working with the town’s Primary Care Trust to develop a new hub for people with learning difficulties which is due to open in September.

Along with facilities at Whitegate Drive Independent Living Centre, the project will replace the Langdale Centre in Mereside.

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

Plans were approved last month 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.

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.

“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 transformation will include a special sensory pod, as well as a tranquil garden.