AFTER a long period of closure due to the refurbishment project at Neuadd Dwyfor, the exciting developments at the much-loved Pwllheli facility is nearing completion.

Many in the Llŷn area have missed the library and the theatre and cinema at Neuadd Dwyfor, and Gwynedd Council who own the building hope that after the long wait, residents will feel positive about the changes that have been made in the building.

Substantial capital investment by Gwynedd Council and additional grants from Welsh Government have enabled improvement works which include:

a complete redesign of the library space and installation of new shelving;

the creation of an accessible ground floor toilet;

upgrading of the seating in the balcony and auditorium;

creating a welcoming space with seating and a coffee bar in the foyer and

new meeting rooms and flexible space to enable people to work remotely from Neuadd Dwyfor rather than having to go to the office.

With work on the refurbishment now nearing completion, the aim is to re-open and welcome users back to the Library on Monday, 14 February 2022, with the Theatre and Cinema offering a programme of events in the following weeks. Work on improving the foyer is nearing completion with a new logo design for Neuadd Dwyfor by Penygroes-company Gringo, installed by Sarah Wray of Pwllheli, is now decorating the doors and wall.

Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Community, Councillor Gareth Thomas said:

“We know that people have waited patiently for the new-look Neuadd Dwyfor to open, and we are pleased that most of the work has now been completed.

“In the first instance, the improved library and foyer to Neuadd Dwyfor will open, with the finishing touches then made to the theatre and cinema.

“The new-look library will offer the same range of library services, including borrowing all kinds of books, using public computers and wi-fi, and we’ll also have a brand-new children’s section that will be ideal for story times and baby rhyme and song sessions. We’ll be sharing details about story times on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as how to book.

“A new Neuadd Dwyfor website will also be available soon with a varied and entertaining programme to welcome everyone back, with a chance for everyone to enjoy a drink before shows in our new lounges.”

Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Libraries Manager added:

“Our staff are very happy with the improvements that have taken place so far at Neuadd Dwyfor, and are delighted that this historic listed building has benefitted from an investment to improve the facilities.

“Whilst we look forward to the reopening of Neuadd Dwyfor, some other work will be ongoing in 2022 – which won’t impact on the public’s enjoyment of the facility.

“Replacement entrance doors will be installed and damp treatment completed to maintain the building for the future. Further restoration work will also be carried out to the external walls in order to make this beautiful red building in Pwllheli town centre stand and thrive for the next hundred years.”

By Gwynoro Jones

Former MP for Carmarthenshire, Gwynoro Jones joined the team covering politics in Wales. He has a wealth of experience in politics and has been a regular commentator on radio, TV and in newspapers in Wales. Email: gwynorojones@walesnewsonline.com

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