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Theatre in Rhos 'could house axe-threatened library'

Published date: 09 December 2013 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A VILLAGE library could be saved by rehousing it in the nearby theatre, a councillor says.

Rhos Library is threatened with closure to help shave £92,000 off the council’s budget for 2014-15.

But now the Stiwt Theatre, also in the village, is ready to step in and save the library in a “worst case scenario”.

Ponciau councillor Paul Pemberton told Rhos Community Council he has agreed with board members of the Stiwt, in principal, to rehouse the library in the theatre should the local authority choose to shut down the current library building on Prince Road.

The news will be welcomed by Rhos residents, who gathered outside the Guildhall on November 13 to protest against the closures before they were debated at a meeting of the council’s scrutiny committee.

Cllr Pemberton said: “Obviously our main aim is to keep the library open and I would like to thank those members and the people of Rhos who came down to the Guildhall in November to make our feelings known.

“I’ve met with members of the Stiwt board and in a worst case scenario – and provided it is suitable with all parties – it is a viable option to move the library into the Stiwt.

“It is a last resort if it comes to the point where we can’t keep the present library open. It may or may not happen.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member for communities, partnerships and collaboration, has recommended the closure of Rhos, Brymbo and Gresford libraries, but at the November meeting, councillors voted overwhelmingly against the principle of closing libraries and instead asked the authority’s executive board to consider a 26 per cent cut in library hours across Wrexham  in order to achieve the saving.

The future of the libraries will be decided by the council’s executive board in January.

The deadline for responses for the cuts consultation period is December 11 and residents can give their views on the draft budget proposals by completing the online feedback form at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ReshapingServices.

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