Anglesey libraries spared

Reporter:

Tomos Hughes

THE future of libraries on Anglesey has been safeguarded amid slashing budget cuts by the council.

A meeting held last week by the authority’s scrutiny review panel to discuss the future of the island’s 10 libraries, amid culture cuts threatening to slash the authority’s service budget by more than 20%.

However, a recommendation made by the panel has decided to “maintain and support the library service in its current configuration”, and resolved to limit the libraries’ budget reduction to just 2%.

The report also recommends that the library should have more of a “community presence”, as well as expanding the role of libraries as a provider of “community based learning opportunities”.

Cllr Derlwyn Hughes, chairman of the scrutiny committee, said: “The service is a statuatory service and one that the council should be protecting.

“We know the value of of the service to communities, but we’re gald to be able to protect the libraries."

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