As residents are urged to have their say over threatened closures...

Young readers are backing the campaign to save Fylde libraries '“ as residents across the area are encouraged to make their voices heard during the consultation process over threatened closures.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 10:48 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:27 pm
From left, Annabelle Paman, 10, Leah Bainbridge, 13, Lucy Moores, four, Jocelyn Burr, seven, Holly Bond, eight, Amara Thorpe, nine

Under Lancashire County Council proposals, Fylde could lose four of its five libraries in their current form, with only St Annes set to continue as it is now, while Kirkham’s facilities would be accommodated in alternative premises nearby.

The County Council, looking to save £200m by 2020/21, stresses that no firm decisions have been made and a 12-week consultation is running until the second week of August.

Thousands of people across Fylde, including some 3,000 in Lytham, have already put their names to petitions calling for the local libraries to be preserved.

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Meanwhile, the Friends of Ansdell Library were delighted with the response to a competition held for local youngsters to design a poster on want from their library.

Suggested by 10-year-old Alice Burr, who attends Lytham Hall Park Primary School, it attracted around 100 entries, many of which are now on display in shops.

Winners in the age groups were Lucy Moores, aged four, Jocelyn Burr, seven, Holly Bond, eight, Amara Thorpe, nine, Annabelle Paman, 10, and Leah Bainbridge 13.

Friends chairman Louise McLaren said: “The pictures they created clearly demonstrated the passion that the children feel for their local library and we must do everything we can to retain them.

“We are actively encouraging people to complete the ‘Have Your Say’ survey on the LCC website so that the impact of closing so many libraries across the Fylde is clear.

“The ‘Have Your Say’ survey can be found on the LCC website and paper copies can also be submitted.”