“News : 2010 Press Releases : October 2010 :
New library earmarked for Gower community
A NEW library could be on the cards for the Gower community of Pennard (q.v. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=40500)
Swansea Council’s Cabinet is being asked to approve the submission of a planning application to demolish the current community library building and build a new facility that would include computer equipment and space for community-related library events.
The current library building is located in a cluster of buildings that also house Pennard Primary School, a privately-run nursery, a medical centre and a small leisure facility. The library building was originally put up in 1966 but is now deemed to be in a poor condition and no longer fit for purpose.
This is why Swansea Council is applying for European Rural Development Fund and Welsh Assembly Government grants to help cover the costs of demolishing the library and putting up a new building in its place.
It’s thought the project would cost about £375,000 and Swansea Council would also make a contribution.
The library in Pennard is one of Swansea’s most efficient in relation to its use and cost. The library attracts over 36,000 visits a year and issues over 37,000 items- that’s about 700 visits and issues a week.
Cllr Graham Thomas, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said: “Libraries are often the hub of their communities and the library in Pennard combines with other services in a cluster of buildings that are a focal point for local people.
“The figures show the service is very popular in the village but the building that currently accommodates the library is not up to scratch and needs to be demolished. This is why, subject to Cabinet’s approval, we’re looking to knock down the current building and replace it with a new structure that meets the needs of the community.
“We’re hopeful the grant applications we’ve made to largely cover the costs will be successful.” “