Mark Menzies welcomes reopening of St Annes Library

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the reopening of St Annes Library, following multi-million pound repair and refurbishment works.

The Library was forced to close in August 2017 after plaster fell from the ceiling of the Carnegie Library.

A survey of the building following the incident revealed a shocking lack of maintenance at the library under the previous Labour administration at Lancashire County Council, leading to a multi-million pound bill to get the library back up to scratch.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I'm absolutely delighted to see St Annes Library reopen its doors.

“This has been a multi-million pound spend to put right the dreadful lack of care and maintenance from the previous administration at the county council.

“The Conservative group has put that right and I am pleased St Annes residents can enjoy their newly-refurbished library and all of its services."

The Grade II-listed building needed extensive specialist repair work.

The windows, masonry, 1930s extension, cupola and roof all needed extensive work.

Mr Menzies has now called on Lancashire County Council to press ahead with the reopening of a library in Lytham.

He added: “I now look forward to hearing the county council's plans for the reopening of a library service in Lytham, and hope that swift action is being taken to get this facility reopened as promised.”

The former Labour administration at County Hall closed Lytham and Freckleton Libraries, and earmarked Ansdell for closure.

The new Conservative administration at the county council vowed to keep Ansdell open, re-opened Freckleton Library, and is in negotiations to install a library in the Assembly Rooms in Lytham.