North East Wales

Petition launched to save Halkyn Library from closure

A campaign has been launched to try to save a library in a Flintshire village from closure.

Halkyn Community Council says its library is one of five identified by Flintshire County Council for possible closure in order to save money.

It has urged the local authority to work with it towards an alternative to closure, and has collected more than 150 signatures.

Flintshire council said budget proposals would be decided in March.

At a meeting on Monday, Halkyn Community Council said many local people would be unable to travel to town libraries, and the library's closure would be "yet another nail in the coffin of the literacy of the next generation".

It said usage of the library was proportionally high compared to other libraries, adding that its rural catchment area offered few of the services "taken for granted in more populated areas".

Phillip Parry, council clerk, said: "We have to be practical, but as we watch our scant facilities being taken away one by one, the cost of our unavoidable use of private vehicles is rising hand over fist.

"It must be time to make a stand for rural dwellers."

A Flintshire council spokesman said budget proposals had been discussed in December 2010, and final recommendations would be submitted before being discussed in March.

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