Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

News : February 2014 :

Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

(q.v. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=57563)

………”The report to Cabinet states that next year the Council needs to make savings of around £26m because of a reduction of £12m in Welsh Government funding and more than £14m of extra spending pressures.

The savings programme includes tightly-controlling spending, continuing to drive down management and business costs, increasing income, doing things differently, working with others, providing more services online and encouraging people to help themselves.

The key elements of the report to Cabinet next week include:

• A new £300,000 Community Transformation Fund to provide business planning support to groups who want to set up their own community services.

The proposed closure of Pennard Library to be put on hold to allow for further discussions and a review of library services.”

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Council and community could come together to save Pennard library

08 FEB 2014

Council and community could come together to save Pennard library

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

From: South Wales Evening Post; Saturday February 08, 2014
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Hopes-saving-library/story-20587807-detail/story.html

LIBRARY campaigners in Pennard are being told if next week’s council budget is approved by cabinet, they will have to work with Swansea Council to keep it going.  It had been earmarked for closure but cabinet next week will be asked to look at the way in which the community can help run it.  Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “There were strong views expressed by residents and during the budget consultation process we listened very carefully to what they had to say. That’s why we want to look at what can be achieved through the council and the community working together to ensure the library has a sustainable long-term future. ”We’re proposing the council continues to operate Pennard Library for now while we work with the community.”

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.

The Save Pennard Library campaign takes to Facebook

09 DEC 2013
The “Save Pennard Library” campaign takes to Facebook

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

First created on 9 December 2013 (just after hearing the devastating news that the City & County of Swansea (our Local Authority) was proposing to close Pennard Library at the end of the financial year 2013/2014 (unless the Community came forward with a proposal for running the service themselves), the “Save Pennard Library” campaign started on Facebook was “For everyone who wants to save Pennard Library from closure as it stands now! We will NOT accept a downgrade to our current service.

Still going strong at https://www.facebook.com/savepennardlibrary the page currently has had (as at April 2014) some 653 ‘Likes’, and so the site, those who have posted messages, and everyone who has clicked the ‘Like’ button, are to be congratulated and thanked for getting (and keeping) the Pennard Library situation firmly in place.