A PRIVATE and public sector 'partnership' could be set up to 'future-proof' community facilities through the delivery of a Penketh masterplan.

The mooted masterplan could see a significant cash injection to regenerate the area around Honiton Way, including the library, pool and community centre and Honiton Square.

Despite momentum appearing to have slowed down, the council confirmed the proposal has not been shelved – and reaffirmed that there is 'no intention' to close the library.

A spokeswoman said: "There is a draft masterplan which is two years old – the council is looking at setting up a private and public sector partnership going forward.

"The council is pleased that the Friends of Penketh Library group has created a hive of activity."

However, the authority admits no timescales or costs for the ambitious proposal have been established yet.

Cllr David Keane (LAB – Penketh and Cuerdley) said he is 'supportive of a masterplan being developed for consultation with residents'.

He added: "I'm very aware that many of our facilities – including the swimming pool and community centre, the youth club and local shopping precinct – are around 50 years old and need investment to see them through the next 50 years.

"It would make sense to future-proof community facilities in one place at an affordable cost.

"I'm keen that any plans will enjoy full community consultation in order that they meet the needs of our area going forward."