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Riverside Library in Haverfordwest

Important chance for residents to have a say on the future of libraries in Pembrokeshire

Cyfle pwysig i drigolion gael dweud eu dweud ar ddyfodol llyfrgelloedd yn Sir Benfro

The Pembrokeshire Library Service is a well-used and much loved service, which is available to everyone. However, we need to make changes to this service to reduce its cost as part of wider measures to reduce costs across all of Pembrokeshire County Council’s services.

Public Library Services across the UK are having to make difficult budget decisions, and we are no exception.

New Council Leader Cllr Jon Harvey said: “Like every department in the Council, we have to reduce our costs. It is imperative that we do so with a full understanding of what people need from our Library Services so that we can focus the resources that we have on those in most need.

“As such, we are launching an extensive Library Needs Assessment exercise, which will include public meetings, focus groups, one-to-one discussions with key stakeholders and a survey. This is an opportunity for local people to help us to shape the future of libraries in the county.”

Cllr Harvey added: “Nine years ago, the Library Service faced similar budget challenges and undertook a similar Needs Assessment. That work led to the creation of a number of important partnerships with local communities and Town and Community Councils, which helped to protect libraries from closure.

“I am confident that by working together again, and getting an up-to-date understanding of people’s needs, we can find a way through this new challenge which will allow us to continue to provide services for all our population while in particular, protecting the most vulnerable.”

An extensive programme of engagement with residents, community groups and stakeholders will start from Wednesday, 15th May and will run through until 6th August.

This consists of:

  • A questionnaire survey available online and in paper copy (from libraries and other front facing PCC service points such as leisure centres and the archives)
  • Six public meetings across the county during June – dates and venues information is below
  • A range of focus groups and one to one conversations with key stakeholders

All feedback received will be properly considered, and the findings will be used to help us to develop options, which we will formally consult on later in the year.

Public meetings are planned for:

Monday 10th June, Fishguard Town Hall, 6.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 12th June, County Hall, Haverfordwest, 6.30-8.30pm

Monday 17th June, Pembroke Town Hall, Main Street, 6.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 19th June, Pater Hall, Pembroke Dock, 6.30-8.30pm

Tuesday 25th June, Greenhill Centre, Tenby, 6.30-8.30pm

Thursday 27th June, Milford Haven Library, Cedar Court, 6.30-8.30pm

These meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Booking is not essential, but it would help us greatly if we have a rough estimate of expected numbers, so if possible, please could you register your interest in advance online, anytime after 20th May. Thank you.