Mo­bile li­brary changes ap­proved

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

REDUCTIONS to the num­ber of stops made by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s mo­bile li­brary ser­vice will at­tract new cus­tomers and make it more sus­tain­able, coun­cil­lors have heard.

RCT’s cab­i­net has ap­proved the changes which will see the ser­vice stop just 48 times in­stead of 393.

But the stops it will make will be for longer pe­ri­ods of time, with the num­ber of ve­hi­cles re­duced from three to two new ones which will be fit­ted with WiFi.

The li­brary house­bound ser­vice will con­tinue but un­der the new name of @HomeLi­brarySer­vice.

Coun­cil­lor Rhys Lewis, cab­i­net mem­ber for stronger com­mu­ni­ties, well-be­ing and cul­tural ser­vices, said: “The ser­vice is a very pop­u­lar ser­vice and is well re­garded.

“But cir­cum­stances have forced us to re­view it. With low num­bers and in­creas­ing costs, it pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for us to see how we can make the ser­vice more vi­able and sus­tain­able. It is a ser­vice we want to see grow.”

Coun­cil leader An­drew Mor­gan said there are 13 coun­cil­run li­braries and they are in­volved with three com­mu­nity-run li­braries, and that the changes will mean there will be “more mean­ing­ful stops”.

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