Cornwall's 29 libraries are not safe beyond the coming financial year. This was the statement made by Council Cabinet Member Joan Symons at today's full council meeting and confirms what Liberal Democrats have been warning for some time - that branches may have to close in order to meet Tory budget needs.
As I have blogged previously, the Council wants to make two sets of savings from the libraries and one stop shops budget. For the coming financial year, the plans are to make savings by moving one stop shops into library buildings and by buying books in a different way.
But there is no idea about how to make the much larger savings in the following year. Today Cllr Symons was asked whether a plan had been formulated since her shoulder shrugging performance when questioned on her budget last month. Her response - to state categorically that she could not guarantee the future of any library branch beyond March 2012.
Cornwall's Liberal Democrats have consistently warned about the threat posed by the Tory budget to the library service and have made it clear that we would not close branches or cut mobile services.