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Cuts to mobile libraries

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People are being asked for their views on the future of Derbyshire County Council (DCC)’s mobile library service.

The council has to cut £157 million over the next five years and is looking at making changes to services across the council.

Its mobile fleet currently consists of two large maximum capacity vehicles (MCVs) and eight smaller mobile libraries. It costs the authority £720,000 a year to run the service which currently employs 26 people – equivalent to 18 full time staff. Derbyshire county councillor Dave Allen said: “The option to keep two vehicles received the greatest support and many respondents said they’d rather see the frequency of the service reduced than not have one at all. All options remain open and we’re keen to hear a full range of responses. Out of 383 communities currently visited, the proposal developed from the initial public feedback would allow at least 140 (37 per cent) of them to continue receiving the service with one stop per community.”

Eligible residents would be offered the home service if their existing mobile service was no longer available. More than 6,200 residents took part in the first stage of the consultation; stage two runs until Saturday August 9. Pick up a questionnaire libraries, GP surgeries, at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/mobilelibraries or by calling 01629 533365.

 

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