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02 February 2017

New direction for Cockermouth library following Cabinet decision

A bright future for Cockermouth Library was guaranteed today when the council’s Cabinet agreed to a Community Asset Transfer of the building to Cockermouth Town Council.

The transfer follows an initial proposal from the Town Council which was subsequently supported by local county councillors on Allerdale Local Committee.

The transfer will see library services continue to be delivered from the building, with self-service machines and support from county council libraries staff, but with the addition of tourist information and other Town and Borough Council services including enquiries and advice for those using technology to access benefits and jobs. Importantly there will be no loss of book stock, with the same wide range continuing to be available.

Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services and Public Health, said:

“This is an innovative approach to providing services and a great example of joined up working from all three layers of local government. Bringing services together in one town centre location will improve the access for the public. Most importantly it will remain an excellent local library with a wide range of books and other materials for the benefit of local people.”

Councillor Konrad Hansen, Allerdale Council Executive Member with responsibility for Regulatory Services which includes Customer Services, said:

"Now that the transfer of the building to the town council has been approved by Cumbria County Council, we're really keen to work with them both and look to move our services to the library building. We're committed to continuing to provide excellent face-to-face services to our customers in Cockermouth, and see many benefits of moving from our current base in Fairfield car park to the new community hub in Main Street."

Sheila Brown, the Town Clerk of Cockermouth Town Council, said:

“Cockermouth Town Council are delighted that the community asset transfer of the building has been agreed and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Cumbria County Council. The transfer will ensure the long term provision of a library service in Cockermouth whilst consolidating public services into one building.”

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A bright future for Cockermouth Library was guaranteed today when the council�s Cabinet agreed to a Community Asset Transfer of the building to Cockermouth Town Council.