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Disappointment for St Just campaigners as library cuts are confirmed

By CMChloe  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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Disappointment for St Just campaigners as library cuts are confirmed.

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Cuts to the opening hours of St Just library have been confirmed despite a strong campaign against the plans from the local community.

It was announced by Cornwall Council yesterday that reforms to library opening hours across the county would go ahead, helping to reduce the cost of the service by £400,000.

A campaign led by Friends of St Just Library saw the town come out in force to try and safeguard the service.

Last week a petition was presented to the council with 1,660 signatures.

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Cornwall councillor for St Just, Sue James, backed the campaign to stop the service from being reduced.

She said: “I was very disappointed that this cut in hours is going ahead before my proposals to generate income and save money can be properly explored. It is of real concern that the change starts on June 1 when the Tourist Information, also run from the library, is most needed.”

Mrs James said she has been promised support to work with the community in order to explore alternative ways for the library service to ensure it can be safeguarded in the future.

Both the primary school and secondary school in St Just have been very active in the campaign to oppose the further reduction of hours, with pupils from both schools taking part in the mass book withdrawal at the end of February.

Last week the students of Cape Cornwall organised a book reading outside the Co-op in St Just and spoke to members of the public about how important the library is to them.

The cuts, which start from June 1, will see the library reduced to just one full day a week and two half days.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for shared services, Adam Paynter, said: “We have listened to their comments and amended the plans where possible to minimise the disruption to the local community whilst still making the savings.

“Of course it is not ideal that the council has had to cut opening hours at libraries and one stop shops but it has been necessary to meet our reducing budgets whilst allowing us to keep all sites open rather than closing some of them.”

A public meeting has been arranged by Mrs James to discuss with residents the reduction in opening hours and future possibilities for the library.

It will be held on Monday March 31 at 6.30pm at the Methodist Chapel Hall St Just.

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  • Gwiwer57  |  March 20 2014, 1:45AM

    If Cornwall Council paid their fat cat officers a little less for doing noting more than cutting essential services then perhaps those services would not be cut. Would never have happened under Penwith control.

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  • youngcornwall  |  March 19 2014, 9:50AM

    This is not good, especially for children and the elderly, a step in the wrong direction so it seems.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 18 2014, 8:38PM

    Just another attempt by the English Imperial State to suppress Kernow.

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