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Seeking a way forward for Rhiwbina library

Rhiwbina library is one of seven across Cardiff, which could have its funding cut, as the city council considers ways to save a further £37m next year.

As is well known, the UK government’s ‘austerity’ measures are forcing local authorities to make massive cuts over the coming years, meaning our public services in the future will be very different.

This WalesOnline article explains how seven libraries, including Rhiwbina, neighbouring Whitchurch, and historically-significant Cathays, are potentially under threat, as well as youth provision around the city.

It is hoped in some cases, volunteers or community organisations could take on the running of facilities, if public funding is withdrawn.

Cardiff Council is consulting on the budget proposals until January 12, and decisions will be made at the full council meeting on February 26.

If you’re interested in helping secure the future of Rhiwbina library, there’s plenty going on:

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan and Labour prospective Parliamentary candidate Mari Williams are holding a meeting at Canolfan Beulah on Friday November 28 at 4.45pm, entitled Finding a Way Forward for Rhiwbina Library.

Rhiwbina’s three independent councillors are holding a drop-in session at Rhiwbina Baptist Church on Tuesday November 25 between 6pm and 8pm, as well as a public meeting at All Saints Church in Heol y Felin, on December 16 at 7.30pm.

There is also an online petition, calling for funding to be maintained for Rhiwbina and Whitchurch libraries.

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