Libraries and children's centres to close

Seven Fylde coast libraries and 14 children's centres have been earmarked for closure as Lancashire County Council bids to save £200m by 2020.The bombshell recommendation were made in a 1,468-page document released by county officials at shortly before 8pm on the Friday before a Bank Holiday Weekend.The Fylde centres earmarked for being sold off are:Ansdell LibraryFreckleton LibraryKirkham LibraryKirkham Young People's CentreLower Lane Young People's CentreLytham Children's CentreLytham Library and Registration OfficeOrchard Children's Centre (Freckleton) (designated)Pear Tree Children's Centre (Kirkham) (designated)And the Wyre centres earmarked for disposal are:Cleveleys Library and Children's CentreFleetwood Children's Centre (designated)Garstang Young People's CentreNorthfleet LibraryOver Wyre Children's Centre (Hambleton satellite)Over Wyre Children's Centre (Preesall satellite)Poulton-le-Fylde Children's CentrePreesall Young People's CentreRural Wyre Children's Centre (Garstang) (designated)Thornton LibraryThornton Young People's CentreThornton Youth Offending Team (Marsh Mill)The county council's cabinet will be asked to agree revised plans to save millions of pounds, by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents, after seeking people's views during an extensive consultation. Feedback from 7,700 responses has been taken into account in forming the proposals 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. The plans, which form part of the council's property strategy, propose changes to where some services including libraries, children's services, children's centres, young people's centres, youth offending teams, older people's daytime support services, adult disability day services and registrars are delivered in the future. More than 100 buildings would no longer be used for county council services and the number of places at which some services

Friday, 26th August 2016, 10:14 pm
Updated Friday, 26th August 2016, 11:24 pm