South East Wales

Seven Cardiff libraries under threat in council cuts

Whitchurch Library in Cardiff Image copyright Steve Chapple/Geograph
Image caption Whitchurch Library will need to find alternative funding if the cuts are agreed next month

The future of seven Cardiff libraries is uncertain after a proposal to stop them losing their council funding was rejected.

Cathays, Roath, Rhydypennau, Rumney, Radyr, Rhiwbina and Whitchurch are all under threat.

Councillors rejected a motion which called for savings of £283,000 to be found elsewhere in the authority's budget.

A meeting on Thursday heard "huge numbers" were against the cuts.

Conservative councillor Craig Williams said residents had signed petitions showing support for saving the libraries' funding and around 40 people protested outside City Hall before the meeting.

Graham Hinchey, cabinet member for corporate services and performance, said like all local authorities, Cardiff was facing unprecedented financial pressures.

The authority needs to save £48.3m in 2015/16. The final decision on the proposed cuts will be made on 26 February.

Image copyright Bill Boaden/Geograph
Image caption Rhiwbina Library is also under threat

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