Positive discussions in Fowey about future for town's library service

Positive discussions are ongoing in Fowey about the future plans for the town's library service as Cornwall Council continues to work with local organisations.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, the Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government. Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

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The Mayor of Fowey, Ruth Finlay, said: "Since discussions started in 2016 there have been a few local groups who have wanted to take on the running of the Library in the current building but have not been able to do so for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, Cornwall Council Library Services are currently working with a local stakeholder to provide the town with a static library solution. 

"Once initial proposals are agreed a drop in session for residents to come and talk to Cornwall Council Officers about the solution and express their views will be arranged. Fowey Town Council support a local solution for the future of Library Services within Fowey and are also keen to retain the Local History Archive and the Quiller Couch Collection which were dedicated to the Town.”

Councillor Andy Virr, Cornwall Council for Fowey and Tywardreath, said: "I fully support the efforts to secure ongoing library services in Fowey. I will work with Fowey Town Council and Cornwall Council to ensure that a long term location can be found to better enable access to books for the whole town.”

Cornwall Council appreciates the importance of libraries and is continuing to discuss options for a library service in Fowey, explained Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods.

"We are currently exploring options with key stakeholders to develop a proposal for library provision in Fowey which meets the needs of the local community," she said. "Once we have reached an agreement, we will of course share details with the local community. Should the proposals mean that the library moves to another location then we will work with Fowey Town Council to find a suitable community use for the building that the town can be proud of. We would like to thank Fowey Town Council for their ongoing support on this."