Source: The West Briton
Angry locals have vented their fury over news that Camborne’s library service could be relocated and its treasured home sold off.
The building is one of 25 created and donated to Cornish communities by celebrated 19th-century philanthropist John Passmore Edwards.
Cornwall Council has confirmed it is looking at alternative solutions to save money on property costs but said no final decision has been made.
Chairman of the Trelawney Alliance campaign group, former Camborne mayor Jean Charman, believed selling the building would be another nail in the coffin for Cornish heritage.
She said: “I’m very concerned about this news as the library, old fire station and public room all form part of the town’s history.
“The building is rich in history and heritage and Cornwall Council seems to have little regard of public opinion to even consider selling it.
“If the ludicrous decision is made to sell the building then it’s hard to understand why council tax is going up, yet public services continue to be cut.”
A former library employee, who wished to remain unnamed, feared moving the service away from the town centre could rob elderly people of its use.
She said: “The library is in the middle of the town and easy for older people to get to.
“If it is moved then a lot of people will struggle to get there and there will be a lot less people visiting.”
She also complained about the poor state of the building, adding: “The current library isn’t in a great state and hasn’t been maintained properly in a long time. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of Cornwall Council not being able to afford to repair it or them making plans to move elsewhere so not wanting to waste money on a site that they won’t be using for much longer.
“My friend still works at the library and told me a lot of work is being carried out there – men measuring up and scaffolding being erected in the building.”
Cornwall Council’s head of shared services Mark Read admitted there could be change on the cards.
He said: “Work is continuing to look at the possibility of amalgamating standalone one stop shops and libraries to save on property costs while still retaining the services in the local area as has happened in Redruth, however, no decision has been made on how these services will be delivered in Camborne.”
The council would not rule out the possibility of building being sold.
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