March 1, 2011
Residents near Burnham step up campaign to save mobile libraries
near Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a campaign to save
Somerset's mobile libraries, which are due to be cut from six
to just two vehicles as part of the County Council's £80million
Over 1,100 locations are visited by the council's mobile library
buses, including some of the smallest villages in Somerset, providing
books and story tapes to residents, some of whom are without transport
in isolated communities.
MP Tessa Munt, who is backing the campaign, said on Monday: "This
is a cut too far. Mobile libraries provide an indispensable service
to rural communities. Hundreds of Somerset people with limited
transport options rely on them - not only for a regular supply
of books, DVDs and music CDs, but also as a meeting place and
chance to chat with friends."
"Although the council made a partial u-turn on closing some
Somerset library buildings, its leader has ignored pleas to save
mobile libraries. Mobile libraries could offer a cultural lifeline
to the young and old."
This comes at the same time as news of a legal challenge launched
against Somerset County Council by Public Interest Lawyers (PIL)
to test the Councils statutory duty to 'maintain a comprehensive
and efficient library service'.
MP Tessa Munt is pictured with mobile library users in Wedmore