First step towards creation of community libraries a success
Published 21 May 2015
Community groups have submitted expressions of interest in running community libraries in the Vale of Glamorgan.
This significant step in the development of a new library service for the Vale comes after the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s library strategy, which set out a plan to safeguard the service for the future, was agreed earlier this year.
Cllr Stuart Egan, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “In April we asked those who felt they could take on the management of their local library to step forward. We have been delighted by the response. Everyone connected with this project wants to see library services maintained in all the communities where they currently operate. There is still a long way to go but this initial response is hugely encouraging.”
Following the deadline for submission on 18 May, at least one expression of interest has been received for each of the five libraries, Dinas Powys, Rhoose, Sully, St Athan and Wenvoe, earmarked for transfer to the community. The Vale of Glamorgan Council will now work with each community group to help them develop a detailed business case. This will be the basis on which the final decision on transferring each library will be taken.
The establishment of community libraries is one of a number of measures, including changes to opening hours, which are being implemented as part of the Council’s library strategy. The strategy aims to save the Council £578k over the next two years and so ensure the long-term sustainability of the service.