Saved library set to turn new page

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RESIDENTS today spoke of their joy after a popular library was saved.

Boundary Library, in Grange Park, was set to close as part of massive town hall cash cuts.

But the facility, based in the City Learning Centre on Bathurst Avenue, has been given a reprieve after cash was found to keep it open.

The much-needed funds came from cuts to senior management posts along with cash from ward budgets.

And the news has been welcomed by estate residents.

Dad Terry Philips, of Furness Avenue, told The Gazette: “It’s great news the library is staying open, I was very sad to hear it would close.

“I know not everybody on the estate uses it, but my family do and Jackie who works there is a very familiar face.

“I’m delighted she is keeping her job and the community is keeping this resource.”

Grange Park Post Office manager and former Blackpool councillor Peter Collins said the facility was very popular with certain residents.

He added: “I always said the library would remain open in some capacity.

“So I’m delighted with this news.

“There was a lot of community support to keep it open and lots of people are saying they are pleased we can keep it.

“Lots of young people on the estate like to borrow the books and use the cyber cafe, I’m glad we can maintain this ethos of learning.”

And Wayne Kelly, 25, from Normoss Avenue, added: “It is brilliant news we have been able to keep our library.

“It’s important for a community to have meeting places like this and it’s good children still have access to books and computers.”

The previous town hall administration had planned to close Boundary and Mereside libraries in order to save £94,000 as part of £27m cuts from the council budget.

It was announced on Tuesday £1.8m was being saved over four years by axing five top town hall jobs.

Boundary Library will be officially relaunched on Saturday July 2 from when it will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am until 5pm (closed for half an hour at lunch time from 12.30pm).

Mereside Library, put up for closure at the same time as Boundary, has now shut its doors.