Clwyd West MS Darren Millar is encouraging residents living in Conwy county to give their views and ideas on plans for the future of library services.
Having successfully delivered the final phase of their Modernising Libraries Strategy, with the opening of the new area library for Conwy, Deganwy and Llandudno Junction at Conwy Culture Centre in December 2019, Conwy County Borough Council are now consulting on a new strategy. This will inform the Library and Information Section’s programme of work over the next 5 years and provides actions to deliver on the Council’s Corporate Plan priority, "We will develop our libraries into community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities" (Conwy County Borough Council Corporate Plan 2017-22).
The Council state that “It will take an innovative approach to broadening the role of libraries whilst ensuring the Council make the most efficient use of the limited resources available.”
Darren is encouraging people to respond to the consultation, particularly given the local objections to proposals to relocate Colwyn Bay library.
“Libraries are community facilities and it is therefore only right that the public are consulted over these plans for the future of library services in Conwy.
“Since the proposals to relocate Colwyn Bay library were announced, I have received numerous emails from constituents who are not happy about the plans and I therefore urge these residents, and others who want their views known, to ensure they take part in the survey before the deadline in July.
“Colwyn Bay library is an important and well used asset in the town with parking immediately outside and good disabled access.
“There are also many groups that use the rooms available in the library for their activities, including the local college and community groups, and I myself hold regular surgeries for my constituents there. I, like others, therefore have reservations about it being relocated.”
Residents wishing to take part in the consultation to complete the questionnaire which is available at: conwy.gov.uk/librarystrategy Alternatively, people can contact their local library to arrange for a paper copy or phone 01492 576139. The deadline for feedback is 18 July 2021.