Have your say on cash cuts that will affect services where you live

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Lancashire County Council is encouraging more residents in the Ribble Valley to have their say on its property review which will change how frontline services are delivered.

The consultation is seeking people’s views on plans, aimed at saving up to £200m by the year 2020, to form a network of multi-functional buildings known as Neighbourhood Centres, which would provide a base for a range of different services in one place.

Many buildings would no longer be used to deliver county council services and the number of places at which some services are available would reduce.

County Coun. David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Through the property strategy we aim to ensure that we have the right buildings to provide good access to good services, with a significantly reduced budget.

“We’ve looked at a wide range of factors to try and make sure services are in the right place. We understand the strong attachment people have to local services and buildings and I’d encourage as many people as possible to respond to this consultation.”

Responses can be made via the county council website www.lancashire.gov.uk, which also features an interactive map highlighting the proposed changes. Hard copies of the full consultation document, along with shorter versions which detail the proposed changes for each local district, are available to pick up in children’s centres and libraries. The deadline for views to made known is Sunday, August 14th.