Hundreds of people attend Pennard Library closure plan meetings

19 DEC 2013

Hundreds of people attend Pennard Library closure plan meetings

From: South Wales Evening Post; Thursday December 19, 2013
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Hundreds-people-attend-Pennard-Library-closure/story-20343549-detail/story.html
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200 show library concern
From: South Wales Evening Post; Thursday December 19, 2013 (page 12)
Around 200 people have attended meetings about the proposed closure of Pennard Library, with several of them planning to quiz senior Swansea Council figures today.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Pennard community councillor Lynda James said the library was the hub of a close community and that its future had aroused strong feelings.  She said she was expecting a decent South Gower turnout at a budget consultation event at West Cross Community Centre at 5pm this afternoon.

“The majority want to fight the closure” said Mrs James,

Closing the library would save the authority £36,4000 [sic: £36,400]  –  part of a series of proposals to save the authority £25million next financial year.

“People do appreciate the difficult times we live in,” said Mrs James.  “The people of Pennard are intelligent and well-educated, but they think that it (the proposed closure) is being pushed too quickly.”

She added that local people could be receptive to discussions about maintaining the library as community-run “in some format”.

Another meeting about the planned closure takes place at 7pm at Kittle’s Beaufort Inn.

The council said it looked forward to hearing the community’s views.

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200 show library concern

From: South Wales Evening Post; Thursday December 19, 2013 (page 12)

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Around 200 people have attended meetings about the proposed closure of Pennard Library, with several of them planning to quiz senior Swansea Council figures today.

Pennard community councillor Lynda James said the library was the hub of a close community and that its future had aroused strong feelings.  She said she was expecting a decent South Gower turnout at a budget consultation event at West Cross Community Centre at 5pm this afternoon.

“The majority want to fight the closure” said Mrs James,

Closing the library would save the authority £36,4000 [sic: £36,400]  —  part of a series of proposals to save the authority £25million next financial year.

“People do appreciate the difficult times we live in,” said Mrs James.  “The people of Pennard are intelligent and well-educated, but they think that it (the proposed closure) is being pushed too quickly.”

She added that local people could be receptive to discussions about maintaining the library as community-run “in some format”.

Another meeting about the planned closure takes place at 7pm at Kittle’s Beaufort Inn.

The council said it looked forward to hearing the community’s views.

AM Peter Black lends support to Pennard Library campaign

13 DEC 2013
AM Peter Black lends support to Pennard Library campaign, by Amy Downward

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

From: South Wales Evening Post; Friday December 13, 2013
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Peter-Black-lends-support-Pennard-Library/story-20319813-detail/story.html

ANOTHER AM has lent their support to the campaign to keep Pennard Library open.  The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has added his voice to those calling on Swansea Council to rethink their plans to close Pennard Library.  Mr. Black has written to the council asking them to explain the rationale behind setting out proposed changes to the library.  He said:  “The loss of a library is always to be regretted.  “But in this case that loss is made sharper by the fact that there is no alternative facility for many miles and no other library on the Gower peninsular.  “Nowadays libraries are about far more than books.   They also provide a range of other services including internet access for those who cannot afford it at home.  With so many services now only available on-line that will leave a big gap for the communities served by this library.  “I feel strongly that Swansea Council needs to think again and keep this library open.”  Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said on Thursday that no decisions have been made.  He said:   “People will have the chance to give views on all our savings proposals as part of a comprehensive consultation exercise that’s now started.  We will be publicising the library consultation events through library posters and our internet-based social media.”

Campaign launched to keep Pennard Library

12 DEC 2013
Campaign launched to keep Pennard Library  By Amy Downward

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

From: South Wales Evening Post; Thursday December 12, 2013
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Campaign-launched-Pennard-Library/story-20315747-detail/story.html

COMMUNITY figures are campaigning to keep a Gower library open which has been earmarked for change under Swansea Council’s budget proposals.  Pennard Community Council have set up a Facebook page, and public meetings have been organised to co-ordinate opposition.  Pennard Library hosts seven classes a week from the neighbouring primary school and has a programme that helps the unemployed back into work.   Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, who is supporting the campaign, said:   “This is a well-loved and well-used library.  It makes no sense for Swansea council to be targeting Pennard when there is nothing close by, and nothing else on the peninsula.”  Arthur Rogers, chairman of Pennard Community Council, said:   “We as a council are determined to stop the closure of this much valued facility.   Swansea council is promoting Swansea as UK city of learning.   So closing this library and effectively ending public access to this kind of facility really sits at odds with that.”  Pennard and Swansea councillor Lynda James said residents where very angry and the library had a high number of users.  Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said:   “We’re having to make savings of £45 million over three years but we’re doing all we can to protect the library service.  “No decisions have been made.   The proposal for Pennard Library is to transfer it to a community-led volunteer service which would mean the majority of library services currently offered there would continue to be available.”  Save Pennard Library meetings will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2:30pm, Pennard Community Hall, Tuesday, December 17, 7pm, Southgate County Club and Thursday, December 19, 7pm, Beaufort Arms, Kittle.