Tipton mobile library threatened by cost cutting move

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 October 2013

The 'underused' mobile library service at Tipton St John faces closure in the latest round of county council cuts

The 'underused' mobile library service at Tipton St John faces closure in the latest round of county council cuts

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TIPTON St John could lose its mobile library as county councillors consider axing the service in a bid to cut costs.

The cash-saving measures would see 69 ‘significantly underused’ stops being cut across the county, including the stop outside the village store in Tipton.

County councillor Roger Croad, cabinet member responsible for the service, said the cuts would save the council £200,000 a year.

He added: “The stop at Tipton St John is used by just three or fewer customers.

“The mobile library service costs nearly twice per customer compared to the average cost per customer compared to our static libraries.”

“And the money saved would contribute to the £110million cuts the council faces over the next four years because of Government cuts to its funding.”

A decision on which stops to cut will be made in December after a public consultation.


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