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Bamber Bridge library to be taken on by Scout group

Posted on - 2nd May, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, News, Politics
Bamber Bridge library in Station Road is earmarked for closure Pic: Google
Bamber Bridge library in Station Road is earmarked for closure Pic: Google

A former library in Bamber Bridge is to become home one of the city’s Scout groups.

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Lancashire County Council is to transfer ownership of the building to become a scouting centre.

Firs Bamber Bridge Scouts Association will run scouts, cubs and beavers and may expand to deliver guides and brownies.

The building – which closed in late September –  is also due to be used by the wider community during the day with meetings and training.

Director of corporate commissioning Mike Kirby said: “The council agreed as part of its property strategy to reduce the number of buildings it owns to make savings while still providing good access to good services.

“As part of this process we are considering proposals from groups which may want to take on responsibility for buildings which the council no longer needs under the terms of our Community Asset Transfer policy.

“These further decisions taken by the deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, planning, and cultural services, to go ahead in principle with the transfer of these buildings, will give the groups concerned the commitment they need to take the next steps towards ensuring their organisations have the status and capacity to ensure their proposals are sustainable.

“Three of the proposals are to establish further independent community libraries, and make use of the county council’s package of support, to create libraries which will complement the comprehensive statutory service provided by the county council.”

Read more: Scouting in Preston has never been so popular

Bamber Bridge library is the latest of four to find new uses – as the county council faces being investigated by the government about the closures.

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