County cuts more mobile library stops

HCC is axing 98 library stops

HCC is axing 98 library stops

First published in News

Hampshire County Council has taken the axe to the mobile library service as part of £93m package of cuts passed by the Tory-led administration earlier this year.

Following a three-month consultation 98 stops will be ditched across Hampshire instead of 115 initially planned.

Those saved include Crampmoor Lane Crampmoor and Middle Wallop army camp.

However, the following stops have been scrapped: Bramble Hill Hotel and Brook Corner at Bramshaw, Copythorne Village Hall, James Farm at Winsor, Hatchers Farm at Carters Clay, Braishfield Village Hall, Mill Rise at Dunbridge, Manor Farm at East Tytherley, Houghton Village Hall, Leckford Shop and Post Office, and the Old Butchers Arms at Nether Wallop.

Peter Chegwyn, Liberal Democrat opposition spokesman for culture and communities, condemned the cuts: “I find this profoundly depressing. “It is an ongoing remorseless running down of library services.”

Since 2009 there has been nearly a 25 per cent cut in spending on the library service, according to an official report – which also reveals the number of library visits has dropped by 9.2 per cent during that period.

The cuts will be rubber stamped on September16.

Keith Chapman, executive member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “Where there are recommendations to reduce or change services, I will be carefully considering what appropriate, alternative provision is available nearby and that provision is protected for as many local people as possible.”

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