The future of Hayle Library and Information Service has been safeguarded for the community after a new agreement which will see it transferred to Hayle Town Council on 31 May.
The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.
Hayle 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 transfer will be marked with a celebratory event on 31 May at 3pm to which everyone is invited.
Mayor of Hayle Clive Polkinghorne said: “I am delighted that after three years of negotiation by a number of Town Councillors, Hayle Town Council staff, Cornwall Council staff, many consultants and various legal experts, we will see Hayle Library come under the ownership and control of Hayle Town Council.
“The Library is an important asset to the town, which we hope to enhance and continue to provide an excellent library service to the community.
“I wish to pay a special tribute to our excellent Hayle Town Council staff, namely Ellie, the Town Clerk, who oversaw this process and transfer, Karen who read and responded to the legal documents and Phil who has negotiated the building and land compliance. Hayle Town Council is delighted to add the Town Library to its Portfolio and preserve the vital service for Hayle.”
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 Hayle 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 Hayle Town Council to secure the future of the town’s library.”
Hayle Cornwall Councillor John Pollard said: “This is excellent news and will not only maintain the existing services but in the future could make our Library even more of a community hub.
“Congratulations to all involved but especially the small group of Town Councillors and the Town Clerk who managed to make our ambition a reality.”