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Harris library staff due to transfer to Preston City Council to help lottery bid

Posted on - 25th June, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The Harris overlooking the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris overlooking the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

A key change which could help unlock millions of pounds of funding for the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is due to be confirmed this week.

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Preston City Council will be asked to take on the running and staffing of the Harris Library on behalf of Lancashire County Council.

Located within the museum, the library takes up approximately 40 per cent of the building.

A major lottery bid is due to be tabled for transforming the Harris but initial bids suffered because the library team sits separately to the museum staff.

The city council would take responsibility to then create one Harris team.

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Funding from the county council for the city council to take on the library service would be £265,000 and another £335,000 towards building costs.

Staff transferred would be one library branch manager and 10.3 full-time equivalent library assistants.

Councillors are due to hear from cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly about the proposals during the full council meeting on Thursday 27 June.

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