Mereside and Boundary libraries saved for 12 months

Two Blackpool libraries which had been due to close have been given a 12-month reprieve by the new Labour council.

Mereside and Boundary libraries had been earmarked for closure by the Tory-led authority, as part of cost-savings, before the May local elections.

But councillors voted to reverse the decision, which led to Mereside being reopened and Boundary staying open.

The council said it found the necessary funding by cutting senior management posts and using ward budgets.

'Vital link'

Councillor Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture said: "We have been engaging with the residents and listening to what they want from the council.

"Libraries are a vital link with the community. We have got some people that rely on them.

"Some people are using these facilities to look for jobs on the internet."

Paul Marland, principal libraries manager, added: "It is fundamental that we have facilities like this in local communities because research has shown time and again, especially for children and young people, access to reading and literature is fundamental to success in later life."

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