Proposals for community libraries and centres agreed in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council has agreed to transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, which will see two independent community-run libraries established.

Having agreed plans for the phased reopening of 11 libraries to be run by the council over the summer, of which four have already reopened, a further five will now be reopened as independent community libraries, with ownership of the buildings to be transferred to local groups.

The new proposals relate to Upholland Library, Crawshawbooth Library and Community Centre, Whitewell Bottom Community Centre, Brunshaw Young People's Centre, and Heysham Community Swimming Pool.

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 have committed to reopening libraries where they've been closed, whether they're run by the county council or independently by community organisations, and we are grateful to all the voluntary and community groups who have shown such commitment to the library service and its future development."

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