Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Cornwall Tories - not exactly up to speed

Cornwall's two top councillors combined today to prove they are, between them, under-briefed and losing their memory.

First up was council Leader Alec Robertson who, opening the debate on the budget, referred to a decision made by the courts to allow two other south west councils to close libraries.

Whoops!

Today the High Court gave a judgement which prevents Somerset and Gloucestershire councils closing branches because the two Tory run authorities have failed to properly consider the impact on vulnerable people.

Next up was Deputy Leader Jim Currie who claimed that he didn't know where Lib Dems got the idea that Cornwall was considering closing libraries.

Whoops!

Obviously Jim's memory isn't what it used to be. Just last year, he and his fellow cabinet members met in secret to consider a range of possible cuts. One of the options in the resulting budget document headed 'Cabinet recommendations on potential service cuts' (see pic left) was:

"Combine the OSS (One Stop Shops) and Libraries and reduce the service to nine key locations for OSS/Libraries across Cornwall"

Of course, this cut didn't happen. The cuts list was leaked to the BBC and huge local campaigns were started which seem to have made the Tories change their mind. But it doesn't detract from the fact that they were happy to close all but nine branches in principle.

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