Bathavon councillor's call for details of mobile library cuts
Pressure is being put on council chiefs to publish the timetable for a reduced mobile library service.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is considering reducing its mobile library service as part of cost cutting measures.
The council plans to save £500,000 over the next two years by not replacing one of its mobile library buses, having fewer stops on the remaining service, and restructuring.
The changes to the mobile library service will be offset by the council's new Community Library Programme, which will provide services in communities currently without a library branch.
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However, Conservative spokesman for tourism, leisure and culture, Councillor Martin Veal (Bathavon North), who campaigned last year to save the service, said the public and other councillors needed more information.
He said: "We're talking here about an outreach service which is well used and valued by many local people, especially schoolchildren and elderly residents. They should come clean and publish the reduced timetable immediately and consult with residents over the changes."
A council spokesman said all eight of its fixed libraries would remain open, with its new programme encouraging local people to play a part in running their local one: "This programme will also develop a series of pilots to test opportunities to provide small, community-based services where libraries are not currently available, like villages. To enable us to provide the library service that local people tell us they want, we propose adjusting the frequency and length of stopovers of the mobile library service in the communities that it currently serves."
B&NES said if the proposal was approved at a budget meeting next Tuesday a revised timetable would be published in the early autumn.