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Barnsley Council's mobile library cuts consultation starts

A six-week public consultation over plans to scrap a mobile library service has begun.

Barnsley Council says cutting the facility will save £100,000.

The Labour-run authority needs to make £28m of savings by the end of 2017. Its current budget is £186.6m.

The council said the service had seen a 30.97% drop in visits in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13 and a 31.61% drop in issues and 7.8% drop in borrowers for the same period.

Cllr Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities, said: "We appreciate that the mobile library service is well liked by those who use it.

"However, we are faced with some very difficult choices as a council and we must try to maximise the benefit of all our library resources to the wider community.

"We would continue to help people who cannot get to a library by providing the home delivery library service."

Cllr Platts said a home delivery service would continue to run for elderly or disabled people unable to access a library building.

The mobile library serves a number of areas where residents are more than one mile away from a library building. It stops at locations for 20 minutes every three weeks.

It also visits 10 schools and eight nursery groups.

The consultation will run until December 12.

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