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Created on 15/03/2020 @ 09:02
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The fight to save Welshpool’s purpose built library is over, with staff and customers now preparing for its new life sharing a building with Powysland Museum.

There was a sombre mood at the library yesterday, as customers popped in for one last time having seen their campaign to ‘Save the Library’ end in defeat.

Powys County Council initially said it was a cost-cutting exercise, but it later emerged that the regional authority wanted to move staff to the building from the ailing Neuadd Maldwyn which it has given away to a care provider.

The original story was broken by MyWelshpool after a whistleblower contacted us with the shocking revelation.

A petition gained 4,000 signatures and a protest march through the town attracted hundreds of people, but the council wasn’t listening so users are now waiting with bated breath to see if the council delivers on its promise to provide a similar facility and services in the newly named Y Lanfa/The Wharf, which opens on March 30.

Those that MyWelshpool spoke to at the library yesterday were still unhappy that the town was losing such a treasured facility, but many said they will reserve full judgement until March 30.

Powys, meanwhile, has tried to dig itself out of its PR hole by using the hashtags #exciting and #wecantwait when posting about the library move.

“The library will be re-opening in its new home on Monday, March 30, and the current library facilities will be maintained, including computer access, children's space and the usual council services,” they stated in the post.

“We’re looking forward to seeing all of our customers in our new home with the Powysland Museum.”

The knock-on effect of Neaudd Maldwyn closing also resulted in the council telling charities to move from their offices opposite the town hall so that some of their staff and services can move there too. One of those charities, Ponthafren, was then offered the Armoury as an alternative by the town council, leading to the gym business that was located there also being asked to leave.

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