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The mobile library service is in danger of being shut down. Say no!

posted 19 Jan 2012, 12:45 by Freshford Village Webmaster   [ updated 19 Jan 2012, 13:03 by Parish Council Communications ]

B&NES Council is contemplating discontinuing its mobile library service as a simple means of achieving its savings target. The rationale can be seen here, where there is an invitation for all users to have their say. The closing date is 10th February 2012.

The Parish Council will be responding vigorously, setting out the reasons why the service is important to the parish and should continue. This will be posted on this website shortly.

In essence, savings of £159,000 per annum are being sought which, conveniently, is almost £10,000 less than the sum spent on running the mobile library service. It seems to the PC that this sum could be saved by making a closer examination of all the activities of the library service, not just the mobile service, where proportionate savings could be made – all totalling the target sum.

If you or any member of your family use the service and value it let B&NES know before 10th February and please send copies of your response to your District Councillor Neil Butters (CllrNeilButters@aol.com) and to Councillor David Dixon who has lead cabinet responsibility (David_Dixon@bathnes.gov.uk). If you have ever thought of using the service but have yet to do so, sign up now (to complete the questionnaire they require your library ID number) and let B&NES know how you feel. But do it now.