Below is a message I’ve been asked to pass on to you:
“Proposed closure of Pennard Library and Mobile Library Services. There is a public meeting on Monday 13th January at 7pm in Pennard Golf Club. This is to be attended By Nick Bradley, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and senior council officers. This is the public’s opportunity to ask questions and make your views known to them.”
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 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.
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.