LANCASHIRE County Council will reopen Pike Hill in Burnley itself after a community group dropped out of plans to run it.

The Langwyth Road premises were to be taken over by the Veterans Association UK (VAUK) to use the building as its headquarters and run a library service three days a week.

Following its decision not to proceed, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet. on Thursday decided to reopen and run Pike Hill and the library in Cleveleys near Blackpool after a similar problem.

These two libraries closed in 2016 following a decision by the previous Labour administration.

Cllr Peter Buckley, county culture boss, said: “Officers will be sorting out the necessary work needed to reopen these libraries, which will take a little time, so that people can benefit from them once again.”