Press Release – The Betrayal of Gower

Swansea Council has reneged on former promises to maintain the only library left on Gower. It seems that the decision to close Pennard Library was made without proper consultation.

Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) was close to achieving the rebuild of Pennard Library, which was threatened with closure in November 2013. FoPL was working in partnership with the City and County of Swansea to create a community hub and generate an income from: a café; a large community exhibition space; and an IT area – which would have Continue reading

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Latest update ….. this is challenging, but we’re not giving up!

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FoPL met, earlier this evening (16th October, 14), with Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Councillor Mark Child and Local Authority officers regarding the new cabinet members’ decision to withdraw the library service from Pennard in April 2015. The CyMAL grant of £118k, which would have contributed to the rebuilding of the library, comes with the stipulation that the Local Authority must provide the current librarian service for five years. Despite knowing of this stipulation when the grant was applied for, the new cabinet – in the face of further cuts – does not feel able to support the service financially for a further five years.

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Swansea University’s Richard Burton Archive, Pennard and Pontardawe libraries benefit from share of £2.2m grant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Source: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Swansea-University-s-Richard-Burton-Archive/story-20932514-detail/story.html

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport (Photo = Copyright South Wales Evening Post)

John Griffiths-Minister for Culture and Sport (Photo = Copyright South Wales Evening Post)

AN under-threat library and the preservation of our steel industry history are set to receive a hefty cash boost.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.2 million in funding for libraries, museums and archives.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.2 million in funding for libraries, museums and archives.

As part of the pot Pennard Library, which was recently given a reprieve from closure, has been awarded a share of nearly £1 million, as has Pontardawe Library.

Pennard Library was listed for closure under Swansea Council’s 2014/15 budget. However, after a robust campaign, it was taken off the table at the last minute and the community was offered the opportunity to run it with Swansea Council.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

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PENNARD LIBRARY HAS BEEN AWARDED A MAJOR GRANT TO KEEP OPEN!

Wednesday 09 April 2014

£2.2million investment for Welsh libraries, archives and museums

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths has today announced the latest round of grant funding for Welsh libraries, archives and museums.

http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/cultureandsport/2014/140408-2-million-investment-for-welsh-libraries-archives-and-museums/?lang=en

Making the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University the Minister outlined how the £2.2m funding will be used to develop, promote access to and encourage use of the rich and diverse collections on offer at museums, archives and libraries across the country.

This new allocation for 2014-15 will be broken down by:

  • nearly £1m to modernise 9 libraries at Pontardawe, Llantwit Major, Ely, Grangetown, Pembroke Dock, Llandrindod Wells, Aberfan, Pennard (Yes really, Pennard Library!) and a mobile library in Ceredigion
  • £400,000 to ensure the continued success and popularity of Welsh museums including the development of joint marketing opportunities
  • £685,000 to develop library services such as improving digital inclusion and sharing resources
  • £140,000 for archives in order to widen access to archival resources.

The Minister made the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University, which is one of four archive services across Wales to benefit from grant funding to open up access to their collections relating to the steel industry as part of the ‘Wales Showing Our Metal‘ project.

A Welsh Government grant of £20,000 along with £56,000 from the from the National Cataloguing grant scheme will enable the Richard Burton Archives, Glamorgan Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Archives and Records Council Wales, Wrexham Archives and Local Studies to catalogue and make details available online of the archives of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, British Steel Collection and the Brymbo Steel works collection.

John Griffiths said:

“This welcome investment will enable local museums, archives and libraries to develop their services, improve facilities and encourage greater use by the public.

“It will help promote our rich culture and heritage and ensure that more people can access and enjoy our collections.
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