Councillors hope to save Briton Ferry Library from closure
BRITON Ferry councillors are calling for their iconic library to be kept open — as it is feared another facility could be lost from the town.
The listed building is one of nine libraries that is threatened with closure by Neath Port Talbot Council, who have undertaken a review of the whole service.
Town councillors in Briton Ferry said they don't want to see something else taken away from the town. Over the years the town has lost its police station, education hub Community House, hospital and the council is proposing to close Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School.
Councillor Moyra Davies said she was disgusted.
"How much more are they going to take from Briton Ferry?" she said.
"We don't have any banks or shops any more. They want to take our school from us.
"Now they want to take our library away from us."
Councillor Sandra Davies said: "They seem to be spending money everywhere, but never here. We have got to stand up now. There is nothing else in the ferry."
Councillor Sylvia John said sometimes it is as if Briton Ferry "did not exist". She said: "It is like we are in the wilderness and we are forgotten about."
Councillor Hugh James, said he hopes the building will remain open.
"It is the oldest library in Neath Port Talbot and one of the oldest in the Wales," he said. "This library is unique. It is an icon of the town.
"I believe we can keep this library. Maybe there could be a trust formed in Briton Ferry. The message should go out that all is not lost. I don't think it should be all doom and gloom. I really believe if we put a business plan together they will listen.
"We have got to be pro-active and get together. If we put our minds to it we can get grants for it and make it into an even better building."
Community groups and organisations, councillors and interested parties will be able to share their views about the changes to the library service during a consultation exercise.