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Library funding success

Published: 11/04/2016

Flintshire Library Service is set to benefit from Welsh Government funding to help develop and enhance services. Holywell Library has been awarded £120,000 which will mean the Council’s plans to move the library into the Leisure Centre to create a central hub offering a range of services can now go ahead. Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, Councillor Kevin Jones, said: “This is really welcome news and means we can now move ahead to re-locate Holywell Library into the Leisure Centre. This will make such a difference by creating a modern hub in Holywell similar to the one we recently opened at Deeside Leisure Centre. Co-location means that the centre will have longer opening hours and customers can access a wider range of services in one convenient place. This move will significantly strengthen the Council’s long term ambitions with regard to leisure services and it also supports the Council’s Community Asset Transfer programme.” Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Chris Bithell, added: “I’m delighted that we have secured this funding. The new state-of-the-art hub will be welcoming and we hope to encourage and attract new users, especially young children with activity spaces, free Wi-Fi and learning spaces. People will be able to sit and read or access the computers while waiting for family members who are using other facilities at the centre.” The work is due to start later this year with a planned opening date currently of January 2017.