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Mobile library and toilets could close in Porthleven

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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CUTBACKS by Cornwall council will hit again in Porthleven, with the partial closure of a toilet block in the centre of town and the axing of the mobile library service.

The council has proposed that the Chute Lane toilets be closed in the winter.

The future of the mobile library service is also up for public consultation – but Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis said it was almost inevitable that the service would go.

He told town councillors on Thursday that Cornwall Council considered the Chute Lane loos as vital for tourism – but only in the summer months.

It was up to the town council to decide if it wanted to pay to keep them open from September to March.

He said: "We have the assurance it will be reopened, at least for this summer. We have to decide if we take it over off-season or we look at taking it over completely as an asset of the town council."

The town council has already taken over the harbour road toilets from Cornwall Council, which it intends to open in the summer.

The councillors agreed to look at how much it would cost before making a decision.

In respect of the mobile library service, Mr Wallis said: "We've been looking at the figures. It's not hundreds of people using it.

"If the library service goes, there is actually a better service in place.

"They are already delivering books to your home but not many people have taken it up before."

He said the council might consider leaving books at the town council office, pub or other public space.

A final decision on the future of the service will be taken by Cornwall Council later.

Mr Wallis added that details of the library delivery service were available on the council's website or from the mobile library.

He said Cornwall Council was again looking to make massive savings.

He added that council tax increases for local authorities in England were being capped by the Government at a 2 per cent rise, or they would have to hold a referendum.

This meant all non-statutory services were under threat.

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  • josdave  |  February 27 2014, 4:05PM

    Maybe if they didn't waste so much money on the airport and Eden together with proposing to waste £3million on promoting the Cornish language they could keep essential services open. This council is very wasteful and when economies have to be made who suffers? Not the councillors who do very nicely but those of us who pay their wages and have to make do with less services. At a time of austerity the first priority should be ALL of the essential services. Propping up private enterprises like Eden and the airport should not get a penny until all essential services are being properly run.

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