Former library in Burnley to be sold off

A former library in Burnley is to be sold off after Lancashire County Council declared that the building is no longer fit for purpose.

Sunday, 8th September 2019, 8:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th September 2019, 9:33 pm
Access to the building could not be adapted to comply with disability discrimination legislation (image: Google Streetview)

The Rosegrove Library on Lowerhouse Lane in the town was one of several dozen closed by a previous administration three years ago.

But it has remained mothballed ever since, in spite of a policy by the current administration at County Hall to reopen those libraries which had been shut.

A report presented to cabinet members revealed that the building, which was previously a chapel, lacked disabled access and facilities – and that there was no prospect of creating them.

“The main entrance to the building is significantly higher than street level, negating the possibility of installing a Disability Discrimination Act-compliant ramp,” the report noted.

“Internally, the building is also on different levels, making it extremely difficult to provide level access from the side or rear without the installation of a number of platform lifts,” it added.

Peter Buckley, cabinet member for cultural services, said that the county council had tried to find alternative premises for a library nearby, but none were suitable.

The area is currently being served by the county’s mobile library service and there four other libraries within a two-mile radius.

Cabinet members declared the Rosegrove building surplus to requirements.