Consultation on library closures across the Fylde coast launched today

Lancashire County Hall
Lancashire County Hall

The 12-week consultation into the proposed closure of libraries and children’s centres across the Fylde coast has started.

Lancashire County Council is asking people for their views on plans to change the way its services are delivered and save millions of pounds by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents.

The severity of the county council’s financial position cannot be overstated

The authority plans to bring services together to form a network of multi-functional buildings known as ‘Neighbourhood Centres’, which would provide a base for a range of different services in one place.

Meanwhile many buildings would no longer be used and the number of places at which some services are available would reduce.

Lancashire County Council needs to save £200m by 2020/21 as a result of ongoing government cuts to its budget and rising demand for services.

County Coun Jenny Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “The aim of the property strategy is to ensure we have the buildings we need to provide good access to good services, but within a much reduced budget.

“The severity of the county council’s financial position cannot be overstated.

“While people can have a strong connection to individual buildings, our focus has to be on how we deliver our services effectively.

“These proposals mean some services will have to be further away than they are now, but people will still have good access to them.”

The consultation at www.lancashire.gov.uk is open now – it features an interactive map to make it easy to see the changes being proposed where you live.