Staffordshire County Council pleased with response to mobile library service consultation

More than a thousand people have had their say on the future of the mobile library service.

A Staffordshire mobile library bus

A Staffordshire mobile library bus

Staffordshire County Council says that less than 1% of people now use the service, meaning each visit costs the authority £7.

New proposals would see reduced routes, meaning no stops for areas currently served such as Hammerwich, Burntwood, Chasetown, Streethay, Curborough, Weeford, Chase Terrace, Fazeley and a number of other areas in Lichfield.

A consultation has now finished, and Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills, said that 94% of those who responded were regular users of the mobile library service.

“I’m pleased so many people took the trouble to respond and that so many agree with our fundamental aim of providing a service for those who need it most,” he said.

“With so few people using mobile and travelling libraries, and with the cost of use almost £7 every time someone steps on one, we must consider how best to provide a service for those who need it most.”

Details of the consultation will be discussed by both the county council’s Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee and Cabinet later this month.

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