Expression of Interest submitted – to try to save Thornton Library
We are delighted to report that Thornton Cleveleys Gala Committee have submitted an Expression of Interest in Thornton Library.
As Chair of the Gala Committee, Emma Ellison said “We are very excited, but there is still a long way to go to securing the building. We plan to keep the library services and the groups that currently use the building and to make the Library a community hub for a whole host of other activities and of course Gala events and activities.
“We have all been sadden by the closure of the Library and feel we could make this a real community venture that will benefit everyone and help keep the wonderful community spirit which we have here in Thornton Cleveleys alive.
“We have support from local Councillors and Cllr Andrea Kay has been very supportive in helping me to submit the bid. This is just the start and we will be pleased to hear from anybody who would like to get involved.”
Visit Cleveleys has already been in touch with Emma to pledge our support and we wish the them the very best of luck.
Fingers crossed a rescue bid will be made for Cleveleys library too.
Following the spending review of autumn 2016, as of 30 September 2016 Lancashire County Council is no longer delivering a service from Thornton Library and it is now closed.
Any outstanding books and resources on loan can be returned to any other county council library.
The Friends of Thornton & Cleveleys libraries have been campaigning to keep the library open and have expressed an interest in taking over going forwards – whether they will be successful time will tell.
If you would like to keep up to speed with the campaign to keep Thornton Library open, or pledge your support, join the Friends of Thornton and Cleveleys Libraries on Facebook.
Thornton library was opened in 1938 by Sir Percy Meadon, Director of Education for Lancashire. It replaced a library in premises on Fleetwood Road North, which are now used by the social services.
We called in to Thornton Library the week before it closed, to say thank you and good luck to the staff and to take some photos.
Welcoming staff at Thornton Library
Victoria Road East