Joy as library to re-open

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Thornton Library will re-open under Lancashire County Council control following a decision made by the authority’s cabinet.

The go-ahead was given to re-open the centre, at Four Lane Ends, during a meeting on Thursday.

No date has yet been set for the doors to re-open but it will be between November and April next year.

Coun Andrea Kay, who led the campaign to save the library said: “This is great news for the people of Thornton.

“It will obviously take some time because they will need to recruit staff and make sure everything is ready.

“Details of what days the library will be open will also have to be finalised.

“I will be working with local volunteer groups to work out how we can best make use of the library.”

Coun Emma Ellison, who prepared a bid by Thornton Gala Committee to run the library, said: “ I don’t think this would have happened without the community voice and the Gala committee championing the cause.”

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said:

"Libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, offering free access to books and information, as well as being a place where communities can get together.

"We are grateful to all the voluntary and community groups who have and continue to commit time and resources into the library service and its future development.

"We want to improve people's access to libraries as soon as we can, and I am pleased that we'll also be reopening Parbold and Thornton libraries in the coming months."