A public meeting is to be held following “anger and disbelief” at a “nonsensical” proposal to move Aberaeron’s library to county hall, Penmorfa.

Ceredigion County Council is currently consulting on the proposed move of the library from the centre of town, along with similar proposals in Lampeter.

The Aberaeron consultation, which runs up to 9 July, says: “Due to the rise in costs to occupy and maintain buildings, the council must consider more affordable ways to continue the delivery of these essential services. “The existing Aberaeron library is based in a section of an old and inefficient building. All other council services have been relocated to other buildings and the cost to run and maintain the building cannot be met by the library service alone.

“In addition, the council is facing significant budget challenges.

“The council is therefore considering whether to remain with the status quo, resulting in additional increasing running costs, or our favoured position which would be to re-locate the library and the face-to-face customer service provision to the ground floor of the council offices at Penmorfa.”

It says the proposal, if agreed, would offer an improved library and customer service along with access to the new Penmorfa Centre for Independent Living, and would also provide a larger space for a children’s book collection.

It also says the proposal “would modernise library provision with the inclusion of a Maker Space.”

However, local county councillor Cllr Elizabeth Evans has said there is “anger and disbelief” at the proposed move.

“The town’s residents and businesses, including those who live in the wider community, are wholeheartedly united in their opposition to this proposal. Residents are telling me that to move the library and council help desk from its town centre location up to Penmorfa is nonsensical.

“Businesses are telling me that footfall will dramatically fall. To that end, so many people have already filled in the consultation paper online and the hard copy is available at the town library. Yet I would urge residents to continue to do so. The anger and disbelief in the community cannot be underestimated.

“Cyngor Tref Aberaeron Town Council will be holding a public meeting at Neuadd Goffa Aberaeron Memorial Hall on Friday, 5 July at 7pm. This will give the town council the opportunity to listen to what residents have to say about the proposals, which will enable the council to formulate their own response to the consultation.”