Trawden Library set for new lease of life

Trawden Library.

Trawden Library.

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Trawden’s former library building is set to gain a new lease of life under the stewardship of the voluntary community centre group.

It is expected to become a co-operative shop, post office and community library today when a decision on transferring the building to Trawden’s community group is made by the deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, David Borrow.

The bid has been led by the trustees of the successful Trawden Community Centre who took control of that building a few years ago and have turned it into a busy, profitable venture.

In September, Trawden Library was one of three closed in Pendle as part of the county council’s property review as it seeks to save hundreds of millions of pounds due to government cuts.

County Coun. Paul White, who represents Trawden, spoke in favour of the bid at County Hall, met with County Coun. Borrow and organised 50 letters of support for it from residents in the village.

He said: “I’m delighted that this community led campaign has been successful and thank all of the volunteers who have put their time and effort into making sure this happens”.

“Trawden is without a shop and post office now and this will provide a great facility.

“I was never in any doubt that this would be the right use having seen the wonderful work going on a Trawden Forest Community Centre and the success there has been there. This will provide a much needed service in this rural village.

“The number of people who contacted me in support of this project was unprecedented and I’m glad those voices have been heard at County Hall. I’d like to thank those people who got in touch with me. This is a very positive development for the village of Trawden.”

County Coun. David Whipp, who has worked behind the scenes and raised the issue of getting a speedy transfer of the building to the community centre group, also expressed his delight.

He said: “I’m very pleased to report that Trawden’s building is amongst the first half dozen due for decisions on transfer and that, all being well, the decision will be taken tomorrow to go ahead with transfer to the community centre group.

“I’ve been talking to the deputy leader of Lancashire County Council about the community asset transfer of the former Trawden Library building. If all goes well with the plans for the building, it’s likely that the county council will also support setting up a community library for Trawden.

“This is very welcome news for Trawden and a good outcome given the impact of government cuts on the community.

“The voluntary group has done an excellent job in transforming the community centre since they took that building on from Pendle Council and there’s every indication that they’ll be equally successful with the old library building.”