Two Preston libraries could see their opening hours changed.Advertisement
It follows a consultation from Lancashire County Council about introducing a tier banding of opening hours for its libraries.
Ingol library would see the day it is closed in the week move from a Tuesday to a Wednesday.
The county council says closing on a Tuesday would end the craft group activity which meets there.
For Ribbleton library it is the opposite, with a Wednesday closure threatening to end a toddler group which meets there. So it would close on a Tuesday.
The proposals are due to be debated by the county council’s cabinet on Thursday 8 March.
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Cabinet member for community and cultural services county councillor Peter Buckley said: “We ran a consultation on the opening hours following on from our decision in July to reopen libraries which had previously closed. “We received some very useful feedback during this consultation. We are very aware that people in local areas have detailed knowledge about what would work best for them, and we’ve responded to this as much as we possibly can.
“People have helpfully shared their views with us on their preferred days and times for their library to be open. We’ve amended a number of the proposals so that the hours that the libraries are open fit with when local library users want to be able to use them whenever possible.
“We are very keen to make sure that the service provided to our customers is as streamlined and efficient as possible. The overall proposal means that libraries will be open for more hours in total across the county at a reduced overall cost. We designed the model according to when we know they’re most used, in order to better meet the demand with the resources we have. There will be no difference in the quality of service between bands.
“I would like to thank everyone who completed the questionnaires and shared their views with us.”
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These are the proposed new opening hours for Ingol library
These are the proposed new opening hours for Ribbleton library