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Fulwood Library campaigners say children’s centre decision ‘gives them hope’

Posted on - 4th September, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - College, Fulwood, News, Politics
Fulwood library, built in 1939, could soon be closed

Fulwood library, built in 1939, could soon be closed

Campaigners battling to stop a library in Preston closing say they have been given hope due to a decision about a nearby children’s centre.

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Fulwood library is earmarked for closure by Lancashire County Council as part of a swathe of cutbacks which sees libraries and community buildings shut across the county.

But last month the county council announced Preston East Children’s Centre would no longer close after the response from the community and figures about its usage.

Jane Porter, one of the team leading the campaign to save the library in Garstang Road, says they will not be giving up.

She said: “At first we were not optimistic but now that the Brookfield Preston Children’s Centre has been saved and we have the support and guidance of the councillors and Ben Wallace, MP, we will fight on.

“Until the council sell the building, to whoever they see fit, we can only hope that the 49,000 plus people who used the library last year will still have a place that has been used by generations since 1939 after the 30th September 2016 when the council mean to close it.”

Jane Porter outside the library with her petition

Jane Porter outside the library with her petition

Lancashire County Council’s executive scrutiny committee will discuss the closures report – totalling 1,468 pages – on Tuesday 6 September before it goes to the council’s cabinet meeting on Thursday 8 September.

Both meetings take place at 2pm in County Hall and are open in to the public.

Ms Porter said she had urged her local county councillors to ‘call-in’ the decision on Fulwood Library.

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