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Time is running out for people to have their say on the future of the mobile library service in Lichfield and Burntwood
A Staffordshire mobile library bus
Staffordshire County Council has published its initial proposals after revealing that usage of the service had dramatically declined. A consultation over the ideas – which include 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 – closes on Wednesday (September 2). The council says less than 1% of people now use the mobile service – meaning each person visiting a library bus costs £7. Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “We aim to continue to provide a good mobile library service but one that is more focused on areas of need and takes into account the changing use of libraries and new technology such as e-books. “We want to hear from different communities about how these proposals will affect them and how they think things can be done differently.” Final proposals will be considered by cabinet and any changes will be implemented in April 2016.

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