Tonypandy Library is undergoing a major refurbishment after the Council secured significant external funding for the scheme – which will be delivered under a temporary closure of the building.
Earlier this year, the Council secured a £120,000 Transformation Capital Grant from the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries Division, in order to renovate the interior of Tonypandy Library in 2018/19. The Council is also contributing to the scheme through #RCTinvest, and follows a separate £65,000 investment to improve the Library’s exterior during 2017/18.
The improvement work at Tonypandy Library will take place from Monday, December 3, requiring a necessary closure of the building, for a minimum period of eight weeks.
A temporary mobile library service will be available each Friday from December 7 (9.30am to 3pm) for each week of the closure period – it will be located at De Winton Street Car Park. The next-nearest public library for residents is at Porth Plaza or Treorchy Library.
The work will deliver a complete renovation, to improve facilities and allow the delivery of more services by partner organisations. The scheme includes:
- Two new consultation rooms for confidential advice sessions.
- A new IT suite for Work Clubs, Digital Friday provision and adult education classes.
- A new community room.
- A new dedicated Makerspace area for people of all ages to create and collaborate on projects.
- An upgrade to the existing kitchen space.
- The creation of a disabled toilet, and improvements to the disabled access into the building by widening the pathway.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “I’m very pleased that the Council was able to secure £120,000 funding from the Welsh Government to further improve Tonypandy Library, following the project to improve the building exterior last year. It means more than £200,000 will have been invested over the two schemes, for the benefit of service users.
“The improvements will help Tonypandy Library fulfil the expectations of a modern library service, by providing a new IT suite and dedicated spaces for community groups and classes – which will also help the library further integrate with the delivery of services by partner organisations. Important upgrades to the disabled provision and the kitchen area will also be delivered.
“This is the latest good news for Tonypandy, following the recent completion of a major Highways project which delivered major improvements in the Town Centre ahead of schedule. Supported by traders, this ended the pedestrian-only arrangements at Dunraven Street to improve accessibility to local shops and services.
“The works at Tonypandy Library got underway on December 3, requiring a necessary closure of the building. I’d like to thank service users in advance for their cooperation during this short-term disruption. The Council’s mobile library service will be placed at De Winton Street Car Park each Friday during the closure period, enabling the service to continue in Tonypandy while the building is improved.
“The Council will work to complete this scheme as quickly as possible, and will communicate to residents when the library can reopen. The scheme will transform the offer at Tonypandy Library, which continues to play an important role within the local community.”
For more information on the work, or to renew your books, please contact Treorchy Library on 01443 773204 during the closure period.
Posted on Monday 3rd December 2018