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Conwy Council Please Do Not Close Or Move Colwyn Bay Library

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Conwy Council has launched a consultation to turn libraries into community hubs sadly their plans for the much-loved building in Colwyn Bay include closure and moving a small part of the existing Library into the ground floor of the Coed Pella Offices.

The proposals, contained in the Conwy county council’s draft library strategy for the next five years, were discussed at the economy and place scrutiny meeting.

It advises turning the authority’s libraries into “community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities”.but not the much loved Colwyn Bay Library

Colwyn Bay’s century-old library building was built with money raised through public subscription, and the council claims it needs £175,000 of “essential maintenance” spending which the council claims the cannot afford, and this is why it has been earmarked for closure, however, the council has just paid £682,000 to fix a leaky roof on a new build at Porth Eirias! So they have the money when they need it!

It has also been stated while the plan is for the Library to move to Coed Pella, the current library will be used for another council service, so won't they have to do repairs then and won't it cost £175,000 ?

The community is outraged and wants the library to stay where it is and become a hub with a Cafe.

The library is a warm, friendly well-run, and much-loved service, to move it to Coed Pella would destroy everything that is wonderful about the library.

Also, parking is a major problem at Coed Pella and existing staff have already been told to park on residential streets due to lack of parking, so adding more services to it is madness.

Save our library, we pay for it, and we want it left where it is, Thank You.

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