East Sussex considers mobile library cost-cutting plans

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Image caption Mobile library services could change from fortnightly to every three weeks

A revamp of mobile library services in East Sussex has been put forward by the council as part of cost-cutting plans.

Under the changes, some mobile library stops would be combined and the fortnightly schedule would be replaced with a three-week rota.

The service currently costs £259,000 a year and the changes would save £131,600.

East Sussex County Council's cabinet has been recommended to approve that consultation is held on the changes.

A report said residents would be consulted on combining stops in communities where the mobile library visits more than one site, and where the stops are a mile or less apart.

Twenty-two visits to sheltered housing units and care settings would be replaced by the home care service and home library service if the plans went ahead.

The council said 46% of the 1,700 people who used the mobile library also visited library buildings.

Councillors will consider the plans at a cabinet meeting on 22 April.

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