Petition to save library launched

Councillor Claire Hamilton, with a petition to save Leyland Library.
Councillor Claire Hamilton, with a petition to save Leyland Library.
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The campaign to save Leyland library has been stepped up.

She launched the petition, taking to the streets together with Lancashire County councillor Matthew Tomlinson.

Councillor Hamilton said; “Lancashire County Council has completed a consultation on the proposal to close forty libraries and Leyland library is at risk. The local authority faces the unenviable task of finalising a budget that will meet the statutory needs of residents in the current climate with significant government cuts.”

She added: “Leyland library is vulnerable, so the petition was launched to demonstrate the support for it to remain open.

“The campaign has received a fantastic response and people were shocked that it was under threat.

“This further highlighted how much was at stake. It is much more than people not being able to take home books but the library service has adapted admirably to meet the needs of our local community.

“It provides story clubs for children and hubs for older people, there are fifteen computers so that those with no access to the internet can use to find job vacancies. The library also offers a reading group and opportunities for residents to research family history.

“It would be a great loss if Leyland library was closed and I will continue to lobby the county council on behalf of residents.”