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The future of the mobile library service in Lichfield and Burntwood will be up for discussion after a consultation programme was approved. The proposals would see the service axed for places currently served such as Hammerwich, Burntwood, Chasetown, Streethay, Curborough, Weeford, Chase Terrace, Fazeley and a number of other areas in Lichfield. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has now given the go-ahead for the consultation to go ahead next month. Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “The intention is that vehicles will still visit deprived areas and popular stops which are more than two miles from a library building, as well as providing for people who are housebound. “But when we are spending an extra £20million this year alone on care for the old, young and vulnerable we cannot sustain a service that costs £7 every time someone uses it. “These are proposals and if people think we have misunderstood the impact on their communities they must tell us, but we’re being honest about what we can afford and our intentions for the future.” The consultation is scheduled to begin in early July and will last nine weeks. People can find out more about the proposals online. Another review into opening hours at libraries, including Lichfield, will also be held over the same period.

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