Mid Wales

New Quay library lack of Welsh speakers fears allayed

Fears that a plan to allow volunteers to run a town's library could be scuppered due to a lack of Welsh speakers have been allayed.

In March Ceredigion council's cabinet agreed to lease New Quay library to the seaside town's council for 10 months from 1 June.

A clause in the lease stated that volunteer staff had to have a basic understanding of Welsh.

But most of the library's 30 volunteers are not proficient enough in Welsh.

New Quay town councillor, Julian Evans said the county council had backed down from its stance after its officers met with town councillors.

"A lot of our volunteers have retired here from England so inserting a clause of basic use of Welsh would have resulted in many of them not being able to help," said Mr Evans.

"It would not have been possible to run the library with about 85% of our volunteers being English."

New Quay library was due to be replaced by a mobile library under Ceredigion council's drive to tackle a budget deficit of £20m over the next three years.

But a 600-signature petition opposing the library's closure resulted in 30 volunteers coming forward to help run the facility, which is open for 10 hours over four days of the week.

A Ceredigion council spokesman said: "The council has agreed to suggest to New Quay Town Council that every effort is made to use volunteers that have a basic level of Welsh if possible."

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites