Time is running out in the fight to save our libraries.
Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) consultation on whether to axe up to half of Lancashire’s libraries is due to end on Sunday, January 31 - leaving just days to oppose the cuts.
Since starting our campaign against the closures in November, the Observer office has been flooded with responses from people, who, like us, believe that libraries play a vital role in our communities.
Now we have until the end of this week to boost the final total before we deliver our petition to the county council’s head office.
Carla Harwood, from Oswaldtwistle, signed our online petition.
She said: “Library-run programmes and services should not be taken away, especially when so many people in our community need them. Libraries have evolved to meet the needs of our times and those needs will not go away if libraries are cut.”
Five libraries in Hyndburn are at risk; Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors. LCC said they were forced to bring in a raft of measures to tackle a funding gap of £262m they need to save by 2020.
Lancashire County Council leader Coun Jennifer Mein said: “The decisions we have taken are heartbreaking but reflect the unprecedented financial situation we face.
“I didn’t come into politics to cut services, but years of relentless central government cuts combined with a rising demand for our services mean we have to find huge savings.”
While we understand that the county council is facing severe financial pressures, to strip our communities of these vital facilities is not the answer.
We urge you to join the fight and sign our petition before our valuable community resources are lost for ever.