Future of Wadebridge Library secured as town council formally takes on management of the service

The future of Wadebridge's much-loved library has been secured with Wadebridge Town Council officially taking over the service.

Following the transfer of Wadebridge Library and Information Service, town councillors have maintained their commitment to improving the service and increasing opening hours.

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Under the new arrangement the building on Southern Way will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Wadebridge Library will also remain part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Councillor Phil Mitchell from Wadebridge Town Council, said: “I would like to thank my fellow Councillors and the parishioners of Wadebridge for fully supporting the Town Council taking over the Wadebridge Library and Information Service.

“Wadebridge Town Council has ensured the continued provision of the library service for not only the residents of Wadebridge but for all those residents in surrounding parishes and across Cornwall who use this service.  We will work with Cornwall Council to develop the service supported by the residents of Wadebridge and continue to use this valuable resource for our community.”

The agreement is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which aims to give local communities more say on how local assets are used and managed, explained Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods.

“Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have been working closely with town and parish councils and community groups across Cornwall to find the best custodians,” she said.

“The town council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action, and I commend them for the excellent service they are providing to their community.”