Massive culture cuts at Lancashire

Arts, museums and libraries face the axe.

Five museums and dozens of libraries face in the axe in a cost cutting plan at Lancashire County Council.

The five museums marked for closure are at Queen Street Mill, Helmshore, Museum of Lancashire, Judges’ Lodgings and Fleetwood Museum, while the county council’s library network will be cut from from 74 libraries to 34. The council’s Heritage and Arts Service wil;l also be closed from April 2016.

The moves are part of budget proposals aimed at saving £65m over the next two years.

Lancashire leader Cllr Jennifer Mein said, “The scale of the challenge means that we will have to make ever more difficult decisions. We will do all that we can, and are targeting our resources towards those with the greatest need, but we will have to reduce or stop services and people will notice the difference.”

The proposals will be considered by the council’s cabinet on Thursday November 26.

 

Deputy leader David Borrow, cabinet member with responsibility for finance, said: “It is impossible to overstate the seriousness of our financial situation.”    

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