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Council boss responds to Port Talbot girl's plea to save Taibach Library

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Neath Port Talbot Courier

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Eryn James-Craig penned a letter to head of partnership and community development, Russell Ward, asking the council to keep Taibach Library open.

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A COUNCIL boss has responded to a Port Talbot schoolgirl’s plea to save her beloved library from closure.

Nine-year-old Eryn James-Craig penned a letter to head of partnership and community development, Russell Ward, asking the council to keep Taibach Library open.

The library — which is part of the Richard Burton Trail — is one of nine that Neath Port Talbot Council is proposing to close in a bid to save more than £238,000.

Eryn, who attends St Theresa’s Primary School, said: "You should not close Taibach Library because both children and adults like to visit the library, to not only choose from a large selection of books but to also use other facilities such as the computers."

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In Mr Ward’s response he thanked Eryn her for her letter.

"I fully appreciate that libraries offer a wide variety of services and we are very proud of the service we offer," he said.

"Regrettably, however, the council is faced with significant budget pressures which mean that economies are required and the current review process is driven by the need for the council to save money.

"We are currently trying to work with the community to see if there are alternative ways of delivering a service locally."

Eryn’s uncle, Jonathan James, said residents are continuing to meet to see if they can keep the library open.

"We have had another meeting, with a number of new faces, all who are ready to get involved which is great news," he said.

"We discussed the fact that a large number of issues are still unresolved."

A report was discussed at Cabinet yesterday looking into the library service review following a consultation.

As part of the report it noted that a Friends of Taibach Library group has been set up to explore the options the library service to remain in the area.

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