Vow to fight on to save facilities

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Pendle councillors have vowed to keep fighting for facilities after Lancashire County Council revealed which properties in the borough it plans to close.

Libraries in Barrowford, Earby and Trawden are all on the list to close while Brierfield is to have some kind of service going forward.

Closing down the libraries in Trawden, Earby and Barrowford is not acceptable

West Craven’s County Coun. David Whipp

Barnoldswick Young People’s Centre, Brierfield Young People’s Centre, Colne Young People’s Centre, Pendleside Children’s Centre in Barrowford, the Riverside Children’s Centre in Trawden and Trawden Young People’s Centre are also on the list to be closed.

The proposals were due to be discussed at a Lancashire County Council Cabinet meeting yesterday, before the opening of a 12-week consultation period, with final decisions being made in September.

However, councillors have expressed relief that Earby’s New Road Community Centre and Barnoldswick’s Library and Children’s Centre are due to remain open following County Hall’s review of facilities.

West Craven’s County Coun. David Whipp, said the draft property strategy was essentially based on the proposals put to the county council by a working group convened by Pendle Council and made up of leading Pendle councillors from all three parties 
together with the six county councillors for Pendle.

Coun. Whipp said: “What the proposals do not do however is to include the suggestions we made for keeping a comprehensive library service.

“The proposal to keep open Barnoldswick, Colne and Nelson libraries is welcome, and some kind of service is proposed for Brierfield.

“But just closing down the libraries in Trawden, Earby and Barrowford is not acceptable. We put to the county ways of keeping a library in each of these three places including involving volunteers in different ways in each place.

“We will continue to press the Labour administration at County Hall in Preston to take these ideas seriously.”