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Cuts to Cornwall's library and one-stop shop service

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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Cuts to Cornwall's library and one-stop shop services

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People who use Cornwall’s libraries and one-stop shops face a major reduction in services as Cornwall Council looks to save around £1.3 million in the next financial year.

Library and one-stop shop opening hours are likely to be reduced by about a day a week across the county and the council will look at ways of amalgamating stand-alone one-stop shops and libraries.

In addition, it is proposed that all mobile library and mobile one-stop shop services are set to be removed altogether.

Cornwall Council say a range of community-based initiatives such as the home delivery service and community libraries which currently operate in Roche, St Dennis and Stithians will replace the mobile services.

And the Partnerships Portfolio Advisory Committee propose that around half the current mobile library and mobile one stop shop budget, around £150,000, is used to fund alternative ways of delivering services to those communities affected.

There will be a 12-week consultation with members, town and parish councils, partners and communities around this proposal.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships Adam Paynter said: “The Council is under severe pressure to deliver services within very tight budgets.

“We want to find ways to deliver services in a different way and will be looking at how we can use the resources available to deliver new ways of working. With partnership initiatives such as Pub is the Hub which has seen mini-libraries set up in pubs, and the successful home library service, we have seen how services can be made available to communities.”

Work is now in progress to identify the next steps regarding consultation on the proposal to cease mobile library and one stop shop services and the outcome of that consultation will be reported back to the Partnerships PAC before any final decision is taken by the Cabinet.

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  • WMNPard  |  February 01 2014, 8:09PM

    Cornwall Council has long abandoned its role as provider of a public library service worthy of the name. It has got rid of all its qualified librarians, its most experienced staff, numerous assistants to pay for the self-service book-issue kit, huge swathes of its stock to make way for One-Stop Shops, and indeed all attributes which might encourage anyone to think of its libraries as a resource where one might learn something. It is equated now with providing a mere alternative to charity shop leisure reading. Now we have the prospect of publicans running the service - exactly the same in fact to the books-in-boxes which used to be delivered to village shops in the 1930s - which is where our Council lives in regard to what it perceives as a library service. In parts of England impressive new libraries have opened in recent times, while here we don't trouble to whittle away our services, we savage them with abandon. Every thinking Cornish man and woman should be ashamed of the way our homeland is being represented by Cornwall Council as a world centre of philistinism in OUR name.

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  • b_mused  |  January 12 2014, 6:37PM

    Furthermore, why don't they increase their revenue by charging double council tax on second homes? Some of the money raised could be used to build council houses and provide homes for local people who have been priced out of the market by empty second homes. Oops, sorry - this can't happen because lots of MPs and their friends have second homes.

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  • b_mused  |  January 12 2014, 6:27PM

    If Cornwall Council got rid of just half of its 123 expense claiming councillors, it would save £1.5 million per year to help keep these and other services going.

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  • VictorHGiorda  |  January 12 2014, 5:26PM

    my co-worker's mom makes *79/hour on the internet. She has been fired for seven months but last month her check was *12854 just working on the internet for a few hours. see post for more work detail go to home tab...... ========= http://tinyurl.com/of8fces

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  • break  |  January 12 2014, 5:08PM

    Everyone here seems to agree that Cornwall Council is not doing enough to look after the needs of the Cornish people.We were told that this 'unitary authority' which was forced on us would cost us less to run than the system that it replaced while in truth,it seems to have made Cornwall a worse place to live.The only thing that creating a single authority seems to have made easier,is accepting bribes and backhanders from those set to gain money from CC's decisions (I'm only repeating the rumours).If CC doesn't change where its loyalties lie,then maybe someone(preferably a member of the public,and maybe even someone Cornish) should start doing an investigation into wether these rumours of corruption are true.Corruption is the only explanation to me as to why CC act the way do do in so many circumstances.

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  • Exeter Planning - Planning Law Consultancy  |  January 12 2014, 4:50PM

    Airport and Eden are commercial ventures and should not be receiving public money

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  • cornwall999  |  January 12 2014, 3:31PM

    We have far to many Councillors in Cornwall who do not give a damn about bad decisions and the affect this has on local community's . The council has made a great play about creating jobs in Cornwall which at present I see little evidence, yet we see time and again that cuts are being implemented which is causing human misery for the people of Cornwall. Lets hope the Councils New Chief Ex with an over inflated salary can have a common sense approach to running our public services and not wasting millions on new offices that are on the agenda to be built in Bodmin. I did go to a public council meeting last year which was held at Treviglas School Newquay and very few of the public attended, which suggest to me that the majority have lost all interest and trust. Shirley Sweeney. p s After 7 pm not one public toilet was open in Newquay which my friend and I experienced Thursday 9th Jan ( food for thought)

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  • Doitdreckley  |  January 12 2014, 2:20PM

    Big Her knows very well that it is not the Independents at Cornwall Council but the Liberal Democrat Conservative government Nationally who have imposed cuts without devolution meaning that the Council has no choice but to impose cuts. The airport provides vital line for business and Eden directly and indirectly supports the employment of thousands. Cornwall would be far worse off without them.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  January 12 2014, 1:16PM

    First people to suffer are always the poor, the old and the lonely. But at least we have someone looking after the police, keeping us all safe, and costing an absolute fortune. Toilets, libraries, buses, soon all we'll have left is our well-lit town halls and councilors on expenses. Sorry for the grammar, got a little angry, but I do have a vote.

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  • josdave  |  January 12 2014, 11:59AM

    nick has got it right the reason for the cuts is greed at the top and us at the bottom are being made to suffer but, even with the cuts, this council could manage if it cut out a lot of it's waste most of that at the top.

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