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Penketh Library reopens following £120,000 boost

Penketh Library Reopens

LiveWire’s Penketh Library reopened on Monday 7th November following a £120,000 refurbishment with thanks to Warrington Borough Council’s library modernisation scheme.

Councillor Tony Higgins, Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for leisure and community, carried out the formal reopening of the library building at on Monday 7th November. The renovation to the library, on Honiton Way, includes the redevelopment of the frontage, repairs to the external woodwork, and improvements to the internal decoration and shelving of the library.

The revamp provides more flexibility of space for library and community activities, including the new Jane Forshaw Community Room – named after a local library supporter and activist who was instrumental in forming and leading the Friends of Penketh Library before her passing in 2019.

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The plans have been developed by Warrington Borough Council and LiveWire, which manages the library, together with Friends of Penketh library. The financial contribution made by Friends of Penketh Library has enabled us to refresh the children’s library as part of works at the site.

Rachel Ralston, Strategic Library Manager at LiveWire, said: “We’re so pleased with the refresh, which has led to more flexibility and space. We’re looking forward to welcoming users back to the library and thanks everyone for their patience and support during the temporary closure while the works took place.”

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “I’m delighted that Penketh Library has reopened after significant refurbishment and renovation over the past 10 weeks. Libraries are key community spaces and these works have meant that our residents will be able to use and enjoy the building for many years to come.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the library, and in particular, seeing the new Jane Forshaw Community Room being put to good use.”

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