A STATEMENT issued by the council says they are 'working hard to find appropriate solutions' for the future of two closed libraries. 

Westmorland and Furness Council released a statement on Roose and Ulverston libraries as they 'recognise the importance' of the library services and 'appreciate the level of interest' in the future of these services.

The council says they are hopeful that they will soon be able to confirm a 'temporary alternative provision' for Roose Library while the current building is out of action following the extensive fire in May this year.

A spokesperson for the council said: "We are in discussion with a third party about using space in their premises and are currently assessing the necessary health and safety and IT requirements, and hope to be in a position to say more about this in the near future."

In regards to Ulverston Library, the investigations have confirmed that the issues with the electrics at the library building are 'extensive.'

A spokesperson continued: "Detailed repair cost estimates are still being established, but would likely require a full re-wire and subsequent refurbishment of the whole building, to include updating the heating systems and interior changes. The cost of this level of work is likely to be significant.

The council says they are 'exploring all options' to achieve the 'best and most cost-effective long-term solution for the local community.'

It said: "Options that will be looked at will include the full repair and refurbishment of the existing library building on King’s Road, as well as options to re-locate to alternative premises or any opportunities to co-locate within other facilities in town.

"The council is keen to stress that it is committed to delivering a library service befitting a town of Ulverston’s importance and as part of the options work we will also be looking at any opportunities to enhance and expand Ulverston’s library offer."

"As libraries are a statutory function, we’re required to consult on any changes, including any permanent relocation of a library, so the local community would have the opportunity to comment on any proposals and public views would be taken into account as part of any process.

"We fully understand any frustrations at the loss of these services at this time, but hope people appreciate the council is working hard to find appropriate solutions to what are often complex and involved issues and is fully exploring long-term options for the future that can deliver the best outcomes for our communities."