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Last push to save Fulwood Library

Posted on - 10th August, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Fulwood, News, Politics

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Two ongoing petitions have been created by regular library goers in a final campaign to prevent the closure of Fulwood Library.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has announced the possible closure of 40 libraries across Lancashire and Fulwood Library, in Garstang Road, is the only one to face shutting in Preston.

The campaign comes from a group of regular Fulwood Library goers who have devised an online and paper petition against the threat in attempt to gain as many signatures as possible.

The e-petition on the LCC website has 163 signatures and the paper petition has over 3500 signatures, which will be handed over on Wednesday 10 July at 4.30pm along with letters received.

Last year the library had a total of 47,980 visitors according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

Jane Porter, who set up the paper petition, spoke about the final attempt to save the library:

She said: “We are encouraging as many people as possible to borrow 20 books or DVD’s this week, as a sort of big book borrow, like Adlington Library did a few weeks ago.”

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Campaigner, Mary Duckett, spoke about the problems faced during the campaign, including difficulties with access.

She said: “We have had many problems to overcome with our fight so far including that the e-petition is difficult to access and the paper consultation was incomplete, and therefore the public were not able to give their views as clearly as they wanted.

“Library staff are not allowed to tell the public about the possible closure and so people are still joining.

“There is a scheme being run at the moment to encourage children to use their local libraries over the summer which is being sponsored by Lancashire County Council, the same body who wants to close Fulwood library.”

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The campaign group also has concerns about what will happen to the building that is located on a prime site.

The petition forms can be accessed at the following locations:

  • Broadway Pharmacy’s
  • St Clare’s Church foyer
  • Roots Hairdressers
  • Opticians near Booths
  • The Wheatsheaf at Woodplumpton
  • Boys Lane Barbers
  • Broadway Newsagents
  • Premier Shop at Parklands Drive
  • Gibsons Newsagents on Landsdown Hill
  • Post Offices at Brookside Road, Cottam and Broughton.

To sign the e-petition, visit the online Lancashire County Council page.

What do you think about the possible closure of Fulwood Library? Should the library stay open? Let us know in the comments below.

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