Change to library services in Bridgend

- Local People

Liz Bradfield

by Liz Bradfield - GEM Local Democracy Reporter

The reference library in Bridgend is set to move to Maesteg to pave the way for further development on the Sunnyside site.

The service is currently in the Ty’r Ardd building at Sunnyside alongside the registrar’s office, which is relocating to the council’s civic offices. Housing association Linc Cymru is developing the old Sunnyside council offices and magistrates’ court in Bridgend and plans to add further housing on the Ty’r Ardd site. A former day centre, Ty’r Ardd was converted in 2011 to house the registrar’s office and the reference library.

Plans going before Bridgend County Borough Council’s cabinet on July 23 would see the local and family history service move to Y Llynfi Library at Maesteg Sports Centre on a temporary basis. It would then move to Maesteg Town Hall after its planned £6m redevelopment has taken place. Council officers said the library at Maesteg Sports Centre was the only suitable and cost-effective location for the service.

The reference library receives around 6,000 visits a year.

At Tuesday’s meeting, cabinet members will also be asked to approve plans for a review by the local authority and Awen Cultural Trust, which is likely to result in service cutbacks. BCBC transferred the operational management of a large range of cultural services, including the library service, to the AWC in 2015. The local authority said it needs to reduce the management fee payable to Awen by £150,000 between 2019 and 2021, based on reviewing the number of libraries and reductions in services or opening hours.

It said while some of the savings had been identified, there remained a shortfall of £70,000. Officers said any proposals arising from the review would be subject to a further report.

Liz Bradfield

Local democracy reporter

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