Vic­tory as li­brary is saved by com­mu­nity

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY MARI JONES [email protected]­i­tymir­ @week­lynews­mari

A COM­MU­NITY has bat­tled to save its li­brary from clo­sure, and now will run the ser­vice them­selves.

If the li­brary had closed in Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion, res­i­dents would have had to travel 15 miles to Llan­r­wst or Ruthin to get to the near­est li­brary.

Luck­ily a part­ner­ship has been formed be­tween Conwy County Coun­cil and Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion Com­mu­nity Li­brary Support Group, which will safe­guard li­brary ser­vices in the Uwchaled area.

The keys to the vil­lage’s li­brary build­ing have been pre­sented to the support group, of­fi­cially mark­ing the launch of only the sec­ond com­mu­nity li­brary of its kind in the county.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity will con­tinue to pro­vide core li­brary ser­vices, such as staff time, books and com­put­ers, but the premises will be man­aged by the support group (CCLSG).

Cllr Chris Hughes, Conwy’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “This ini­tia­tive is part of our project to mod­ernise li­braries across the county and pro­vide a sus­tain­able ser­vice for the fu­ture.

“We were suc­cess­ful in our ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant from Conwy Ru­ral Part­ner­ship’s Key Fund, which al­lowed us to ren­o­vate the build­ing.

“That work has been com­pleted and I’m de­lighted we’re hand­ing over the keys to CCLSG, and pleased to see the com­mu­nity li­brary model be­ing rolled-out.”

The li­brary build­ing will be of­fi­cially taken over by the group on a 25 year lease.

Ein­ion Ed­wards chair­man of the Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion Com­mu­nity Li­brary Support Group said: “I’m de­lighted that we’ve been able to save our li­brary, which is an es­sen­tial re­source in this ru­ral area.

“In ad­di­tion, we hope to host ses­sions from the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau, support Cartrefi Conwy’s lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and make the build­ing a fo­cal point for lo­cal support ser­vices.”

Cllr Peter Lewis MBE who is also a trustee of the support group said: “I’m a user of the li­brary my­self, and I’m happy to say it’s a well used fa­cil­ity.

“At present it will be open three af­ter­noons a week, but this could be ex­panded as we do also have plans about mak­ing it into a tourist in­for­ma­tion hub.

“A cou­ple of years ago there was an air of de­pres­sion in the vil­lage, the two pubs had closed and the lo­cal garage, but now the pubs have re­opened, the lo­cal snooker club has got a grant, and the li­brary has had a facelift, it’s all very pos­i­tive news.”

Val Wilkin­son and Peter Lewis at Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion Li­brary

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