“Do we need to look at our priorities?
Proposals to end Cornwall's mobile library service would cut off a "lifeline" for people in rural areas, an independent councillor has claimed. The council said it needed to save £1.3m from the area of its budget that includes libraries.Independent Cornwall councillor Mark Kaczmarek argued it was the wrong service to target. Six mobile services cover most of Cornwall, costing more than £300,000 a year in staffing and transport costs.
More than £1 million has been spent since 2006 on promoting and developing the language that had almost disappeared. Cornwall Council is currently putting together a bid for another £400,000 a year from central government for the next three years, with the council adding £100,000 a year. For some, it is a small price to pay for the resurrection of a language that is at the heart of Cornish cultural identity. For others, it is a waste of public money at a time when toilets and libraries are being closed due to lack of funds.
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