Reduced Mobile Library – ‘better than no service at all’

Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced a reduced timetable for its mobile library service which will come into force from 29 July 2013.

The reduced timetable is as a result of the Council taking one its two mobile library vehicles off the road.

The new timetable will mean that the mobile library will have fewer stops and visit communities less frequently than at present as the Council slashes its Libraries budget by half a million pounds over the next two years.

The publication of the revised timetable comes following a campaign by Conservative councillors to save the mobile library from being axed entirely by the Liberal Democrat-run authority.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Tim Warren, said:

“A reduced mobile library is at least better than no mobile library at all, which is what B&NES had originally been planning. It was only as a result of huge public pressure that the Lib Dems backed down and agreed to keep one of the Council’s two mobile libraries on the road.

“The mobile library is a really valued service, which is well used by residents throughout the area, particularly older people and young children. To axe it entirely would have been complete folly.

“We would urge users of the mobile library to give their feedback to the Council on the reduced service once actually implemented, so that alterations can be made to the timetable as necessary. The Community Library programme is a good one. But it’s yet to be seen whether it can provide a full alternative to the mobile library, so we will continue to press B&NES on the need for this service and warn against any plans to cut it further.”