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Consultation about future of Lostwithiel Library

Friday 10th April 2015


Cornwall Council have to save £1.8 million from the library and one stop shop service’s £4 million budget.  The council are holding a 10 week public consultation and engagement which began on 2 April and will end on 10 June 2015. 

The consultation puts forward two models for discussion and comment, although the final design could be one or more of the models or something else introduced through the consultation and engagement process.

Model A

Transfer or ‘devolve’ the operation of libraries to other interested parties e.g. to a Town/Parish Council or community organisation.

This model also include options for alternative service delivery including community owned or managed services, and the involvement of volunteers.

Candidates may include any or all of the following:

  • Community group(s)
  • Local town or parish council
  • Social enterprise
  • Other


Model B

Alternative whole service model e.g. transfer the operation of libraries to a trust, commercial organisation, or social enterprise.

This model will also include options for alternative service delivery including: a regional service e.g. other Local Authorities and also new technology such as self service products.

Candidates may include:

  • Commercial enterprise
  • Trust
  • Social enterprise
  • Staff mutual
  • Another library authority at a regional level or above
  • Other

Cornwall Council are running an online survey to gather views. 


There will be a “drop-in” session at Lostwithiel Library on Monday 11 May 10am - 12 noon  and  1pm – 4pm. Information about the current utilisation of Lostwithiel Library is available at

(Above information supplied by Lostwithiel Town Forum, based on an email received from Cornwall Council's Customers and Communities Service)