Sunday, 11 December 2016


I'd like to thank Miles Parkinson who has worked tirelessly for many months to save these libraries. I'd also like to thank all the community activists who have come forward for without their help these facilities would have been lost.

For both of us this has been a huge issue that has consumed an awful lot of time and resource. I have had countless discussions with County Hall, raised petitions in Parliament, spoken in Parliament, spoken with ministers and made the case personally to the Prime Minister. 

Hyndburn Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, today welcomed news that Lancashire County Council have agreed to explore proposals by community groups and other organisations to take on responsibility for running libraries in Oswaldtwistle and Clayton-le-Moors.

Cllr Parkinson said; “It’s absolutely wonderful news that Oswaldtwistle and Clayton–le- Moors look set to have their own independent community libraries soon, housed in two much loved iconic buildings, providing a fabulous resource for local people.”

Cllr Parkinson added; “Hyndburn Council has fully supported the bids in the run up to the County Council’s decision, which is has meant a lot of hard work and dedication by so many community volunteers, who always give their time, energy and expertise so freely. A huge thank you should go to them.”

Under Lancashire County Council’s proposals:

Oswaldtwistle Library will be transferred to the Oswaldtwistle Lamp group to provide an independent community library. Lamp is also proposing to strengthen trade and encourage new business by offering space to entrepreneurs, as well as offering volunteering opportunities to increase people's employability and reduce social isolation.

It has also been agreed that an independent community library can be established by Mercer 1842 at the Arthur Wilson Centre, Hyndburn, using the book stock and resources from the former Clayton-le-Moors library. The Arthur Wilson Centre is not a county council building.

All of the proposals are subject to further discussion and final agreement on the terms of the transfer.

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