Cabinet votes to cut mobile library services drastically
The overall budget for libraries has been cut signficantly this year and it was expected that the mobile library service would cease all together. It was anticipated that some of the money saved from ceaseing the mobile service could be put into community libraries. After weeks of consultation and looking at various options, on 30 July, the Cabinet voted to cease the operation of 3 out of the 4 mobile library vans from the end of this financial year together with the Clay Country library and One Stop van. This will leave just one mobile library van to cover the whole of Cornwall on a monthly cycle.
This is probably the most unsatisfactory of all the options. The number of stops will reduce from 665 serviced fortnightly to 172 stops services monthly. Some funds will still be available to help with the setting up of community library facilities in those locations that would prefer to have such a service rather than the mobile van.
I will be discussing the options with interested parties in Probus, Tregony and Grampound to see whether users would prefer to keep the monthly mobile service or to have a more frequently available community faciliity; also I will be talking to those people who may be willing to run the community facilities on a voluntary basis.