THE future of Kington Library will be discussed at a public meeting next month.

Due to library funding and services being cut across the county, a public meeting has been called on May 10 and will be held from 7pm at The Old Police Station.

Kington Town Council is involved in developing a strategy for the library’s future and would like to see what ideas members of the local community have, as well as bringing people up to date with their current work.

Book lending and customer services will still be provided by Herefordshire Council staff, and the town council is due to discuss ideas about trying to increase the services and activities the library can provide.

Town Councillor Bob Widdowson said Kington library is at the heart of the community.

“It offers much more than books and has recently been expanding its role to become a meeting place for everything and everyone," he said.

"Kington would be poorer without it. Herefordshire Council has secured the library for the immediate future and there will be no further cuts for three years, but now it is up to the community to secure its future as a place of learning, information, creativity and ideas.

Discussions on the night will include identifying any other library supporters to join the existing group, what activities might be suitable to hold in the library and the development of a Community Interest Company to develop the provision of further activities and services.