Changes to library and OSS opening hours
I have said this many times before, but I will repeated it just to make sure people start to understand the position Cornwall Council finds itself in with the budget reductions. The Council has to find £196m in savings in the next four years. This is on top of the £170m previously found. The previous amount was found – just, but this time it will be a lot more difficult and will mean services provision will change, or in some cases stop completely.
I know the service area I cover in my portfolio has seen reductions and stopping of services. It is not nice, and if things funding wise were different, I would not be having to make those difficult choices. But we do, as the £196m is a real game changer, and we cannot do it by a few tweaks here and there.
The Children’s Portfolio is not the only area to feel the pressure, as other portfolios will see changes.
One of the changes to another service is to library and one stop shop (OSS) opening hours. This is being done to make the savings required, but more importantly, stops the Council from actually closing down any of the facilities. You many not like it, but you will like it less if the provision was closed down, and the building sold off. These changes will come into effect on the 1st June 2014
For the Helston area, the library will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday from 1st June. The remaining days the facility will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am till 5pm; and on Saturday 10am till 1pm. This is a reduction of 25.5 hours per week.
The Helston OSS will also see changes to the opening times. As from the 1st June the OSS will be closed on Wednesday. On the other days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the OOS will be open 9am till 5pm. A reduction of 25.5 hours per week. The OSS is not open Saturday or Sunday.
Other areas which have libraries and OOS will also see a reduction, and these are: