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Comments re proposed Library cuts

November 22, 2013 12:03 AM

Libraries provide important educational opportunities for children and adults within communities across RCT. In an area of high deprivation where not every household has a computer or internet access then our libraries provide important centres where residents can access these facilities.

However, given the usage figures in many of the libraries across RCT then we reluctantly have to agree that it is not financially viable to keep them all open.

It is important that other options are looked at fully, such as more use of the mobile libraries, joint use of other community buildings to house library collections and offer internet access for residents. Innovative approaches to providing services that mean we are looking at savings rather than cuts.

It is important that those libraries that are left are easily accessible by residents - for instance there have been complaints that the Llantrisant library, being located at the top of a hill, is not accessible by those who currently use Pontyclun. Very careful consideration needs to be given to which centres are kept open.

It also seems arbitrary to work on the basis of keeping four open in each area. We are a unitary authority and should not be looking at this in terms of three different areas. Services should be demand led. The user numbers given do not in any way match up with the closures suggested. Why are Tylorstown and Ferndale being kept and Ynyshir closed? This needs to be looked at more closely.