Town Council to run St Austell library following agreement with Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council and St Austell Town Council have agreed that St Austell library will be transferred to the Town Council and run from its existing premises; helping to secure its future. This agreement is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme which is supporting parish and town councils and communities to take over local ownership, management and control of services.

By transferring many Library and Information Services (formerly called One Stop Shops) across Cornwall to local councils and communities Cornwall Council is finding a more sustainable solution to running services. The Information Service in St Austell however will continue to be run by Cornwall Council in Penwinnick Road.

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Customers at St Austell library will still be members of Cornwall Library Service and be able to borrow from the Cornwall-wide stock of books, CDs, and DVDs as well as having access to online newspapers, e-magazines, eBooks, and computers.  After the transfer, Cornwall Council will continue to support the Town Council to deliver the local service.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods at Cornwall Council said: “Our aim has been to work with partners and local communities to protect library services by delivering them in line with local need.  I’m delighted that an agreement has been reached with St Austell Town Council. This is a partnership which we will look to achieve in our other communities.” 

Councillor Graham Walker, Mayor of St Austell said: “The transfer of St Austell Library to the Town Council is another piece of the devolution jigsaw to bring the services in our town back under the control of local people. Town Councillors acknowledge the importance of the library to the town and over time hope to make funds available to improve the service further and make it even more accessible to its users.”

As part of Cornwall Council’s wider programme of devolution activities, St Austell Town Council has recently taken over the allotments, public conveniences, Priory Car Park, parks and open spaces, grass cutting and the Stable Block site on Penwinnick Road.

It is expected that the transfer of the library to St Austell Town Council will take place on the 18th September 2017.

Posted 14 July 2017