Six former library buildings up for sale in Lancashire

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 | COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Six former library buildings in Lancashire have been put up for sale as part of the county council's plans to save £146 million following government budget cuts.

Former libraries in Barrowford, Bolton-le-Sands, Earby, Freckleton, Fulwood and Whalley will be put on the market as Lancashire County Council looks to make “massive savings” while still providing residents with “access to good services”.

The buildings were initially offered to other public sector organisations to see if they could use the buildings for their own services.

The council’s strategy is to reduce the number of buildings it owns and rents, with existing services provided at buildings known as “neighbourhood centres”.

County Councillor David Borrow, deputy leader of the county council, said: "These buildings are the first to go on sale following the county council's decision to change how we deliver our services, and develop new neighbourhood centres with services designed for local needs.

"We’re faced with a very difficult budget position. In 2020/21 we will have a funding gap of £146 million as a result of ongoing government cuts to our budget and rising demand for services.

"We looked into options for community groups to take on responsibility for these buildings, but unfortunately no viable plans came forward, so we're looking to sell these buildings and bring in additional revenue.”

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