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
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.

Community spirits get raised by cash boosts

Community spirits get raised by cash boosts
By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 22, 2011

EIGHT communities are to receive a total of £4.7 million as part of Swansea Council’s rural development plan.

Projects in Bishopston, Pennard, Gower, Fairwood, Llangyfelach, Pontarddulais, Mawr and Penclawdd will each get the cash over the next two years. [N.B.  Pennard didn’t get any cash, not even a penny, from the £4.7 million and certainly nothing towards it Library!]

The schemes include promoting walking and cycling, developing youth services, and improving local bus services and sports facilities.

Other plans include promoting local food, and an a new information technology centre.

Many of the schemes in line for the money were nominated by local people in the communities involved. Continue reading