Saltash library open day

Residents in Saltash are invited to celebrate the official launch of their library after being transferred to Saltash Town Council recently as part of an agreement with Cornwall Council.

The launch day is taking place this Saturday April 13 from 11:30am - 1pm and everyone is welcome.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 11:45am with the Mayor Cllr John Brady, Deputy Mayor Cllr Gloria Challen of Saltash Town Council, Chairman of the Town Council Library Sub Committee Cllr Jean Dent, and Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods. There will also be children’s activities and refreshments.

Saltash Library and Information Service was transferred to Saltash Town Council on March 1 as part of Cornwall Council’s Library Transformation Programme.

The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the building on Callington Road is continuing to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Saltash Library is remaining part of the countywide service meaning customers can keep their existing library cards and still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Cllr Dent said: “We are confident that the future of Saltash Library is in safe hands with Saltash Town Council and Cornwall Council working together. Please come and help us celebrate this very positive move forward for our town.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m looking forward to celebrating the official launch of Saltash Library under the management of the Town Council and I’m delighted that it has been secured for the community and many more generations of library users.

“Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have been working closely with Saltash Town Council to secure the future of the town’s library.

“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.”

Story posted 11 April 2019