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Council's secret plans to close Truro library on Saturday afternoon

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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Cornwall Council is proposing to close Truro Community Library on Saturday afternoon.

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Secret proposals by Cornwall Council to close the most-used library in the South West on its busiest day of the week have been branded as “daft”.

The council wants to close Truro Community Library from 1pm every Saturday.

The closure is one of a number of proposed cuts to services. The council refused to disclose where in the county it was proposing to reduce opening hours at libraries and one stop shops.

But the West Briton has seen a letter from a member of staff at Truro Community Library to Truro City Council asking for support in opposing a proposed closure every Saturday afternoon.

Crea Brooks, senior library and information assistant at the library, said in her letter: “Closing on a Saturday afternoon would greatly limit our ability to offer our services to those who work during the week and to the families who visit us, as well as impacting the income of the only library in Cornwall that actually generates any.”

The letter said the closure would have an effect not only on the library but also on other users of the building such as adult education, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Flying Aubergine Cafe.

Samir Mohamed, director of the Flying Aubergine, said the cut in hours could lead to the closure of the cafe.

He said: “It would have a serious impact on us and we are in communication with the council.”

The library in Truro was fully refurbished with the aid of a £1.4 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund four years ago and has two community rooms, a state-of-the-art digital editing suite and a junior library. The library is the most visited in the South West with almost 475,000 visitors in 2012-2013, according to figures issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The income generated by the rental of the meeting rooms on a Saturday afternoon funds an activity budget for other libraries in Cornwall and a summer reading challenge.

Fiona Ferguson, Cornwall Council member for Truro Trehaverne, said: “It would clearly be daft to close the library on a Saturday afternoon when it’s going to lose the council money so I think that will need to be reconsidered.”

Adam Paynter, the Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for libraries, refused to discuss the proposals with the West Briton. A council spokesman said the reductions in opening hours were proposed as a response to cuts in government funding.

The spokesman said: “All proposed opening hour changes are currently subject to consultations with staff and unions which mean that current proposals could be amended, it is therefore considered not appropriate to respond to the specific questions at this stage.

“Once any hours changes have been agreed, these will be publicised well in advance of implementation.”

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  • AnBalores  |  February 08 2014, 5:46PM

    I have encountered bigotry and racism towards the Cornish. I am a Civil Servant. Born in Cornwall as were my parents and there's. willythefish is a mild example of one. Meanwhile Radyo an Gernewegva https://audioboo.fm/boos/1906549-towlen-157 Doesn't sound much of a dead language to me. And as partner is also a Cornish taxpayer, she supports the language. As we say Kernow ov vy, nyns yw Sawsneck! Kernow bys vyken. Dwygenes! (red arrow away - I couldn't give a toss)

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  • willythefish  |  February 08 2014, 8:58AM

    @Jonny2010 "Having worked at Cornwall Council and experienced all the anti-Cornish prejudice and bigotry" I am Cornish born and bred. I have also worked for Cornwall Council and I have yet to experience "anti-Cornish prejudice and bigotry". Possibly this is because I'm not an aggressive bore who refers to Cornwall as 'Kernow' and expects tax payers' money for my hobbies. (I expect An Balores will back soon to shout 'bigot').

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  • Jonny2010  |  February 08 2014, 8:44AM

    The way that some people "go on" you would think that Cornish people don't pay any taxes, or any other culture or race for that matter. Some people just to face up to the fact that the little Empire is gone and it ain't coming back. The Cornish language on the other hand is coming home to roost :)

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  • Jonny2010  |  February 08 2014, 8:41AM

    Well, well, well. The same old story. Attack the Cornish language for "wasting money" because lets face it, there are no other areas for cut backs. Having worked at Cornwall Council and experienced all the anti-Cornish prejudice and bigotry, I am now of the mindset of telling the little bigots to kindly do one. :) It seems that most of them are running away from multi-cultural England by moving here. Cornish people forever.

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  • JellyPerson  |  February 08 2014, 7:20AM

    @AnBalores Calm down, dear. You've already shown yourself up as a fool by continually referring to people as 'bigots and racists' merely because most of them don't want to spend tax payers' money on subsidising your hobbies. Your continuing tirades make you look not just a fool, but an hysterical fool. Small wonder that so few people vote for Dick Cole and his Toytown Nationalists.

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  • IainS  |  February 07 2014, 9:31PM

    As an English migrant into Cornwall, I fully support the Cornish language. I also pay substantial taxes and am not dependent on the state for any income. Red arrows away. Like the poster below, I couldn't care less about your views.

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  • AnBalores  |  February 07 2014, 2:55PM

    I repeat for the bigots and racists: I pay my taxes in many ways. I am a tax payer. I pay tax to Westminster and to Cornwall Council. I think this is good news. I am aware of bigotry on this site. I don't give a tinker's cuss about the red arrows. A revenue generating ruse by a right wing newspaper. It must really upset Tory Party members and voters here that this is happening under a Tory Westminster Government. It is laughable.

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  • AnBalores  |  February 07 2014, 2:55PM

    Just love the red arrows. I could so easily adjust them, let's face it that is so easy, but I find that each one is the mark of a racist and a bigot.

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  • AnBalores  |  February 07 2014, 12:56PM

    I repeat for the bigots and racists: I pay my taxes in many ways. I am a tax payer. I pay tax to Westminster and to Cornwall Council. I think this is good news. I am aware of bigotry on this site. I don't give a tinker's cuss about the red arrows. A revenue generating ruse by a right wing newspaper. It must really upset Tory Party members and voters here that this is happening under a Tory Westminster Government. It is laughable.

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  • AnBalores  |  February 06 2014, 10:05PM

    I pay my taxes in many ways. I am a tax payer. I pay tax to Westminster and to Cornwall Council. I think this is good news. I am aware of bigotry on this site. I don't give a tinker's cuss about the red arrows. A revenue generating ruse by a right wing newspaper. It must really upset Tory Party members and voters here that this is happening under a Tory Westminster Government. It is laughable.

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