Conwy gives library consultation the go-ahead - potentially closing one popular service

  Posted: 23.02.21 at 17:12 by The Editor

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Conwy’s cabinet has approved a consultation for its libraries.

The council says the draft strategy sets out what needs to be done over the next five years to ensure Conwy’s library and information service offers a good quality service.

The plan proposes to further develop Conwy Culture Centre but also to close Colwyn Bay Library and move it to the Coed Pella building.

A Conwy County Council spokeswoman commented: “Over recent years, it’s been a council priority to develop libraries into community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities.

“The council’s previous strategy resulted in more varied library opening hours; mobile library routes in the areas most remote from library buildings and the establishment of five community libraries.

“The draft library and Information Strategy 2021-26 includes a list of actions to be carried out over the next five years.”

The draft proposes:

• To take part in the feasibility study for a community hub in Abergele

• Assess the potential of bringing customer-facing services in Colwyn Bay together by relocating the library to Coed Pella.

• Continue the development of Conwy Culture Centre.

• Evaluate the community library arrangement after five years of operation and agree a sustainable model for the next five years in partnership with town and community councils.

• Continue to work with health and social care to explore the opportunities to support mental health and wellbeing.

• Increase the use of technology to improve people’s access to information and services.

• Develop services for those communities that are remote, using the mobile and home library.

Cabinet members agreed library users, partner organisations and interested parties should be asked for their views on the draft strategy.

The consultation on the draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 will start at the end of May 2021.

The committee report is available to view at here

The draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 is available to view here

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