Lancaster and Morecambe children’s centres, libraries & day care centres hit list

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  • Eight community centres across the district will close under proposals
  • Children’s Centres, libraries, older people and disability services face the axe

Children’s centres, libraries and older people’s day centres in the Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth areas all face the axe under further cuts to county council services.

As part of proposals to go before cabinet members on Thursday, November 26, 14 centres would remain out of a current 22 across the district, meaning eight community services will close.

One of these from each “area” would become a neighbourhood centre.

Lancashire County Council is planning to create one neighbourhood centre in each of four areas in the district - Lancaster Central, Morecambe and Heysham, Lancaster Coast and Lancaster Rural.

In Morecambe and Heysham, the proposal is to close two of 10 existing centres. These are: Poulton Children’s Centre, Morecambe Library, Westgate Children’s Centre, Balmoral Children’s Centre, Lancaster CAPSS (Sefton Drive), Heysham Children’s Centre and YPC, Heysham Library, Lancaster and Morecambe Disability Day Services (Thorpe Avenue), Ryelands Young People’s Centre and Morecambe Registrars.

In Lancaster Central, two services will close out of six.

These are Firbank Children’s Centre (next to Ridge Primary School), Lune Park Children’s Centre, Vale View Day Centre for older people, Lancaster Central Library, Barton Road Young People’s Centre and Lancaster Registrars.

Lancaster Coast will lose all but one of its four centres. These are The Carnforth Hub Children’s Centre and YPC, Bolton-Le-Sands Library, Carnforth Library and Silverdale Library.

In Lancaster rural, either Halton library or Galgate Children’s Centre will close.

The county council plans to save £65m over the next two years, which would result in the loss of the equivalent of an estimated 367 full-time jobs.