CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after the announcement that Adlington Library and Children’s Centre has been saved.

The news follows an agreement between Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council.

The library and children’s centre were due to be closed as part of Lancashire County Council’s drive to tackle a funding gap of £150million.

The Friends of Adlington Library have been spearheading the campaign to keep the library and children’s centre open and are now celebrating after Chorley Council struck a deal with the county council, which will give time for the local community to take over running the service.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “Adlington was the one library in the Chorley borough to be earmarked for a full closure so we thought it was right that we did all we could to keep it open.”

The deal means that Chorley Council will provide £85,000 worth of funding to allow the county council to provide the existing level of service up until March 2018 giving time for a fully developed community based service to be developed.

Caroline Hesketh, from Friends of Adlington Library, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the library will be staying open and we’d like to thank Chorley Council for stepping in and saving the service.

“We’ve had people in tears over the potential closure of the library and children’s centre and this decision means that residents of Adlington, Rivington, Heath Charnock, Anderton, Limbrick and beyond will have this service for years to come.

“Our focus is now on working up a plan to make the library self-sustaining so we can make it a real success and something that the whole community utilises.”

The decision from the county council will see all the borough’s other libraries staying open, with Coppull and Eccleston currently being proposed to operate as ‘satellite’ libraries, something that Chorley Council is also currently providing funding for, in order to allow work with the county council to support residents groups to retain levels of service as close as possible to what they currently are.

David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Closing facilities is the last thing we want to do but the scale of the county council’s financial challenge means we have to take these difficult decisions in order to safeguard services for the most vulnerable people in our communities.”