A SPECIAL partnership has helped to secure the future of an Anglesey library.

The Rhosneigr library, located at the heart of the village, was designated as a Tier 3 building in the recent library service review by Anglesey Council.

This meant that without support from the community council or other party, the building would be forced to close.

Following the news, Rhosneigr Holiday Lettings decided to work alongside Llanfaelog Community Council to help keep the village library open for the foreseeable future.

Councillor Richard Dew praised the two party's for their commitment to the community.

“As both a local resident and a councillor it is great to see the public and private sector coming together in this innovative way," he said.

"They are making the best use of resources and maintaining such a valuable asset for the use and enjoyment of all members of our community."

The library is currently open four times a week and hosts a range of regular groups and activities, including film nights and IT lessons.

Following lengthy consideration, the community council agreed that it would be difficult to commit to the additional expenditure on an already stretched budget to sustain the current operation.

By ‘thinking outside the box’ the partnership was agreed with businessman James Miles, which has enabled the existing service to endure for the time being.

The agreed solution will see the existing space being used in a number of ways, maintaining the existing library provision with some business space reserved for Rhosneigr Holiday Lettings.

“I am delighted with the news that the community council’s proposal has been accepted and, through working as a partnership, we have arrived at a solution to retain our library." Mr Miles explained.

"Like many people, I find it frustrating and disheartening to hear of so many cuts being made, but as a businessman I understand that all these amenities cost money and need to be viable and sustainable.

"Whilst our business outwardly operates to support the tourism industry in the village, we are very much focused on the village and community itself and are proud to contribute to the local economy."

The changes, which will be in place as soon as possible, will retain the books and computer service to all, as well as the community meeting place for groups.

Further good news came recently for Rhosneigr as North Wales Tourism expressed an interest in developing a tourist information area in the village, in line with similar work being done in Gwynedd.

This would boost the village further as it would become the only Tourist Information Centre on Anglesey.