Pwllheli Councillor presents 7,000 Neuadd Dwyfor petition

17/02/2016

Plaid Cymru’s Pwllheli Councillor, Michael Sol Owen presentrf Gwynedd Council with a petition signed by nearly 7,000 people calling for Neuadd Dwyfor in the town to be saved from a list of financial cuts.

The Pwllheli hall home to cinema, theatre productions plus the town’s library and tourist information location has been included in a draft list of possible services that could be looked at as Gwynedd Council tackles a deficit of £5 million in the county over the next two years.

Pwllheli north Councillor, Michael Sol Owen said: “Since the threat of closing Neuadd Dwyfor was announced, the reaction of the public has been astounding. Nearly 7000 signatures have been received, over 5,200 locally in the town and over 1,400 on-line in less than two weeks.

“The support has come from all areas of Gwynedd plus further afield. With four services located under one roof, the theatre, cinema, library and a Tourist Information Bureau there’s a significant use of these services by the Gwynedd ratepayers and visitors alike. There’s a clear message here to keep Neuadd Dwyfor open.

“My discussions with fellow Plaid Cymru Councillors and Gwynedd’s cabinet are looking positive, but locally, we would have a lot of work to do within the community to look for a long term solution to this financial challenge as these severe cuts by the Tory Government in Westminster continues,” Cllr Owen explains.

Neuadd Dwyfor offers a service to not only the town of Pwllheli, but also to a wider area. Once Gwynedd's Cabinet offers its proposals, the 75 Gwyendd Councillors will have the opportunity to consider in detail all the response received during the public consultation, Gwynedd Challenge, prior to the next full council meeting. A report on the financial strategy which will include a final list of service cuts proposed will go before the 75 Gwynedd Councillors to make a final decision on 3 of March.