East Lancashire libraries set for £1m new chapter
NEW homes need to be found for two libraries in Burnley and Pendle, according to service bosses.
Around £1million has been earmarked for library regeneration for 2012-13 – with an additional £250,000 left over from last year’s budget.
Poor conditions at Earby, say officials, including a lack of community space, meeting rooms and public toilets, signal the need for a replacement for the venue at Coronation Hall, Cemetery Road.
Rosegrove presents a similar story, with a lack of disabled access one of the key reasons behind the hunt for alternative premises.
Richard Jones, executive director of adult and community services, said of the library: “Rosegrove has no access for users with a disability and no way to create such access because of the site and location, inside the library has more steps which cannot be accessed by disabled customers.”
The home of Bacup Library, in St James Street, is said to be in a reasonable location but also suffers from not enough meeting rooms or toilets.
Another top priority for refurbishment would be Accrington, if a suitable funding partner can be found.
Last year the building in St James Street was treated for dry rot, mainly affecting the community studies department there.
Another 36 libraries have been placed on a reserve list for minor works, with priority being given to the likes of Great Harwood, Read, Rawtenstall and Barnoldswick.
The likes of Barrowford, Burnley, Chatburn, Clayton-le-Moors, Clitheroe, Burnley’s Coal Clough, Mellor, Nelson, Padiham, Rishton, Whalley, Wheatley Lane and Whitworth, will get upgrades if funding allows.
Major overhauls have taken place at Colne, Haslingden and Brierfield libraries over the past few years.