Li­brary hours cut?

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

THREE li­braries could be in line for shorter open­ing hours un­der new plans drawn up by county hall.

Great Har­wood, Rish­ton and Oswaldtwistle li­brary’s hours of op­er­a­tion are set to de­crease, un­der the plans by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, which is propos­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to seek peo­ple’s views.

Ac­cring­ton li­brary would see its hours re­main the same, at 50 hours a week. If ap­proved by cab­i­net at its meet­ing due to be held on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, an eight-week con­sul­ta­tion would be­gin on Oc­to­ber 2 and run un­til Novem­ber 26, be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion is taken in early 2018.

Great Har­wood li­brary’s hours would de­crease from 35.5 to 34, five days a week, Rish­ton li­brary would de­crease from 35 to 34 hours five days a week and Oswaldtwistle would also de­crease from 35.5 to 34 across five days.

County Coun Peter Buck­ley, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ser­vices, said the changes were part of mak­ing the ser­vice more ‘stream­lined’. He said: “We’re propos­ing changes to when li­braries will be open, and over­all this would mean them be­ing open for more hours in to­tal across the county.”

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