The future of Mobile Libraries secured

02 October 2018

The future of Norfolk’s mobile libraries could be secured, thanks to a new proposal by Norfolk County Council. Next week, councillors from Communities Committee will decide whether to adopt changes to the service to deliver £200,000 savings.

A review of the routes based on seven criteria, considered by members in July, identified that 725 stops would be removed if it was progressed. A new proposal has now been put forward instead, which involves visiting each stop every four weeks and removing just 92 stops which are unused. This will save £100,000 per year by reducing the fleet by two vehicles. A further £100,000 savings will be saved from back office efficiencies.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, explains: “We have significant savings to make but we need a solution that delivers minimum impact on the residents across Norfolk who rely on our mobile libraries. This feels like a good solution that will deliver savings yet secure the future of the service.”

The committee will also be discussing further proposals including:

  • Generating more even income through services such as Trading Standards
  • Changing the opening hours of the Norfolk Record office
  • Funding to arts grants, which are used to match fund smaller projects
  • Improving the efficiency of back office staff at Norfolk libraries (including Millennium Library) whilst ensuring there is no change to the number of libraries, opening hours or staff redundancies
  • Councillors will decide whether to go ahead with the new mobile library proposal and discuss future proposals at Communities Committee on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

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