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Undecided politician canvases voters

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

Views sought - Pat Rogerson wants to hear what residents think of part-privatisation.

Views sought - Pat Rogerson wants to hear what residents think of part-privatisation.

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A CORNWALL councillor is seeking the views of Bodmin residents to help her decide which way to vote when the council discusses the part-privatisation of local authority services.

Bodmin Central member Pat Rogerson said she is not in favour of allowing services like libraries to be overseen by telecom giant BT, but at the same time is mindful that a yes vote could see 300 new jobs created in the town if BT sets up its national telehealth service at the Beacon Technology Park.

The Lib-Dem councillor said: "I've had real reservations about the deal, and that's why I voted to ask the chief executive's department to explore all possible options.

"At the full council on Tuesday, the members will be making a decision on how to proceed and it is likely that the deal could take a different shape from the one initially described.

"I am not happy with libraries and one stop shops being included but welcome the possibility of new jobs for Cornwall. Some of those jobs, possibly as many as 300, have been promised for the Bodmin area and obviously that would be a significant improvement to employment prospects here.

"If libraries are guaranteed to remain within Cornwall Council, then I am minded to vote in favour but I should be grateful to hear the views of my residents," said Mrs Rogerson.

People can contact Mrs Rogerson via e-mail – progerson@cornwall.co.uk or by phoning 01208 76315.

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  • H_Trevorrow  |  December 09 2012, 12:16PM

    Libraries must be protected ...under council control they are not protected by statute and may well be subject to the large cuts......would it not be better to write thier secure funding into any joint venture ...ie make the benefits of any success roll back to the community??

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