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Monday, 12 May 2014 (3051877)
Lottery hope for doomed libraries
by Ollie Cowan

THERE may still be a glimmer of hope remaining for the doomed libraries around Southport.

Resort MP John Pugh has had what he describes as ‘encouraging top level talks' with the National Lottery about their survival.

Churchtown, Birkdale and Ainsdale Libraries were all closed down by Sefton Council as a last resort due to funding cuts and, despite vigorous campaigning by local councillors, all three remain shut - with Churchtown already earmarked for demolition.

However John Pugh told The Champion that he is hopeful of securing funding from the lottery giant.

He said: “The lottery is not our only potential source of funding but they are by far the biggest and have given positive grounds for hope.

”What they require from us is clear evidence of community need and support. We need to demonstrate a need not express a wish.

“Local people need to be surveyed.

”It is likely that to have a sustainable plan book lending will have to go alongside other activities.

“I personally favour a cafe option for mums,dads,toddler and the hundreds of grans involved with child minding.

That though is only one possibility; others will be considered.”

Any successful project will require the co-operation of Sefton Council who still own the buildings.


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