The latest revelation from the Cornwall Council budget papers is that the Conservatives are planning to cut staff from the Records Office and the Cornish Studies library in Redruth.
The specialist library is an incredibly valuable resource and an expert source of information for anyone interested in the history and culture of Cornwall.
Not surprisingly, with old papers and manuscripts, non-expert users of the library tend to need the help of the staff there to find what they want and, in my experience, the staff are fantastically knowledgeable and always keen to help. So cutting back on staff will mean the library itself will become less and less of a resource.
Cornwall's unique heritage and culture should be protected and I believe that cutting back on the records office and Cornish Studies library is a cut to our heritage. It is also exactly the wrong thing to be doing when we are planning on spending many hundreds of thousands of pounds - perhaps even millions - seeking to host the Manifesta Cultural Event and to become European and UK capitals of culture.
At Monday's meeting of the Communities Scrutiny Committee, Cabinet Member Neil Burden said that he would do what he could to reverse this planned cut. I very much hope that he is successful in battling with his Conservative counterparts.