Saltash Library secured for the community under new partnership

The future of Saltash Library and Information Service has been safeguarded for the community after being transferred to Saltash Town Council on March 1 as part of a new agreement with Cornwall Council.

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

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

The Chairman of the Town Council Library Sub Committee, Cllr Jean Dent said: “Saltash Town Council is looking forward to working with the library staff to continue their great work for the people of Saltash. The building will have some work done on it and we intend to support all the current activities. As a Council we look forward to a bright and happy future for our library.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, explained that in these challenging financial times, Cornwall Council - like all local authorities throughout the UK - has had some tough decisions to make when faced with massive cuts in funding from central Government.

Cllr Hannaford said: “We are delighted that Saltash Library and Information Service has been secured for the community and many more generations of library users will be able to benefit from all it has to offer.

“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.”