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Launceston to get new library as part of town centre ‘hub’ development

Launceston’s library will be relocated and renewed following the approval of plans for a town centre service hub. This was approved by todays’ Cornwall Council meeting as part of the capital programme.  

Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford says: “I am so pleased the Council has backed this new library for Launceston as part of an exciting town centre commercial development. This will see the existing time-worn library become much more accessible, and pivotal to a hub of new services in central Launceston. We can now work at pace towards revealing the new location once final negotiations are complete.”

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“The people of Launceston have put up with an inadequate library building for too long, and the Town Council who now manage it are keen to move to a longer-term devolved arrangement, that has already started well.”

This promises to be an important step for the town and for Cornwall’s library service, providing Launceston with modern and fit-for-purpose facilities in the vicinity of the high street. It will ensure that service levels can continue to improve following Cornwall Council’s devolved service agreement with Launceston Town Council in 2019.

Launceston Cornwall Councillor and Deputy Leader Adam Paynter says: “The aim of co-locating several public services behind ‘one front door’ will bring efficiency savings learnt from other schemes already working so well in other parts of Cornwall and beyond.” 

Portfolio holder for Customers, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, says: “These are several inter-related property transactions, but transformative for Launceston. If they all go as hoped the town will have a mix of new commercial spaces and new community spaces – a regeneration that will be unlocked by creating a brand new hub facility.”

The location of the new services hub is still commercially sensitive but will be revealed in due course.