PEMBROKE Town Council is harnessing people power in a bid to save the town’s closure-threatened library.

Unless an alternative funding source can be found, proposals to be discussed at the county council's Cabinet meeting in June are expected to recommend the closure of the town's library and Tourist Information Centre, to be replaced with a mobile library service.

A well-attended public meeting was held at Pembroke Town Hall last Wednesday evening, March 21, and a petition against the closure has already gained over 500 signatures and a dedicated Save Our Services Facebook page attracted more than 300 members within 24 hours of its launch.

Jon Harvey a Pembroke town councillor and campaigner against the proposal started: "Pembroke Town Council is united in its opposition to this proposal and the county council should not underestimate the strength of feeling amongst residents against this short sighted proposal.

“Both the library and TIC are an essential service for the town providing services for all sectors of the community and visitors alike. It's all very well saying it will remain open if the town council fund it but this will require an increase in the town council's precept when residents are already facing a 12.5 per cent increase in their council tax.

“I would urge all those who care about the safeguarding of essential services in our town to make your views known to cabinet members and your local county councillor in the hope that common sense will prevail."