Councillors hit back in fight to save Garstang Library

Garstang Library
Garstang Library

Three Garstang councillors have hit back after it was hinted they weren’t pulling their weight in the fight for the town’s library.

Councillors Lady Dulcie Atkins, Tom Balmain and Alice Collinson say they supported the ‘Save Our Library’ campaign “right from the beginning” after it was claimed they had not even contacted the library.

Just for the record and to rebute any suggestions to the contrary, Garstang’s conservative councillors have supported the ‘Save Our Library’ right from the beginning

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County councillor for Garstang Sandra Perkins said, in last week’s Courier: “Over the past few months there have been hundreds of letters, emails and signatures of support for keeping our library open for which I thank you all. I would point out the photo of Wyre councillors with their ‘Save our Libraries’ banner was just that - a photo. At no time during our campaign to save the library have they made any contact with me either personally or in writing with their support for our campaign. Neither did they have the courtesy to speak to anyone at Garstang Library.”

But the three Wyre conservative councillors for Garstang have refuted these claims in a letter to the paper, which reads: “Just for the record and to rebute any suggestions to the contrary, Garstang’s conservative councillors have supported the ‘Save Our Library’ right from the beginning. We wrote to the leader of Lancashire County Council on January 20, 2016 - to which, incidently, we never received a reply - expressing our dismay and criticism at the proposed closure of Garstang Library. We have also taken part in the online survey.

“Additionally we contacted Wyre MP Ben Wallace in conjunction with conservative county councillors Alf Clempson and Vivian Taylor. They all undertook to pursue the issue with LCC and did so.

“And Coun Shaun Turner and county councillor Vivian Taylor took the trouble to visit York’s Library Service to study how that city’s more efficient management had ensured the future of their libraries.”

It comes after Lancashire County Council’s cost-cutting proposals to shut 106 buildings, including the libraries and some children’s centres.

Members of the public now have 11 weeks to comment on the proposals which the county say will save £2m in running costs following government cuts.