One of the mobile libraries

Residents have been reassured that plans for the future of mobile libraries have not been set in stone.

One of the mobile libraries

Staffordshire County Council will begin a consultation over the service on July 1.

The proposals would see stops in Hammerwich, Burntwood, Chasetown, Streethay, Curborough, Weeford, Chase Terrace, Fazeley and a number of other areas in Lichfield axed completely.

Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills, said the service needed to change but insisted no formal decisions have been made.

“We have an initial set of proposals, but we are willing to talk to different communities about how these changes would affect them and to listen to alternative ideas,” he said.

“But we must be clear, though, that demand for this part of the library service has fallen to the point where less than one per cent of the Staffordshire population uses it, at a cost of almost £7 every time someone steps on to a library vehicle.

“At a time when we are spending millions of pounds more on providing care for the old and vulnerable, we cannot justify the current cost.”

The consultation will close on September 2 with changes due to be implemented in April 2016.

People can have their say online.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.