Our basic needs are being ignored

23 DEC 2013

Our basic needs are being ignored – by Jean Morris

From: South Wales Evening Post; Tuesday December 23, 2013

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Jean Morris wrote;-  “I AM appalled to hear plans to close down Pennard Library are in the pipeline.  On the most basic level of protest — it is right next door to the primary school.  But it is also a social centre and the beating cultural heart of Gower (the only public library in Gower).  Other libraries are too far, too inconvenient for the frail, the elderly, those with young children or those dependent on public transport.  Will Swansea Council be seen as the creator of rich, regenerative material assets such as our splendid new boulevard and SA1, yet also a body unwilling to move heaven and if need be to find the relatively modest amount of money needed to support the basic cultural needs of our rural areas?


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

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.