Cabinet to consider mobile library changes

A review into the future of Pembrokeshire’s mobile library has proposed stopping the service in its current form.

Consultation has taken place with users and stakeholders of the service, which has been described as a ‘lifeline with the outside world’ for the county’s vulnerable residents.

Concerns have previously been raised that changes to the service could have a huge impact on disabled or elderly people who live in isolated rural areas.

The consultation’s findings propose ‘to cease to deliver the service in the current way, via three large mobile vehicles’.

It also suggests providing a ‘criteria led library service’ for people who are unable to access a static library, which would involve one multifunctional vehicle providing a home delivery service to the most vulnerable people.

There would also be a mobile service visiting fewer stops less frequently, in areas deemed ‘some distance’ from static libraries.

A total of 663 responses were received during the review, 71% of which were ages 65 or over, and 65% disagreed with the proposal, saying they would have difficulty getting to static libraries.

The review’s findings were due to be considered by Cabinet members at Monday's meeting, as the Tivy-Side went to press.

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