Lis­ten to pub­lic on mo­bile is­land li­brary ser­vice, says coun­cil­lor

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Lis­ten­ing to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and keep­ing the mo­bile li­brary ser­vice on the road is the aim of one Western Isles coun­cil­lor.

Har­ris and South Lochs coun­cil­lor John Mitchell says his per­cep­tion from re­cent com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions – or­gan­ised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to de­ter­mine fu­ture ser­vice choices – was that peo­ple strongly sup­port the pro­cure­ment of two new mo­bile li­brary vans.

Cer­tain groups within the comhairle have sug­gested the life­line mo­bile li­brary ser­vice could be re­placed by com­mu­nity hubs of­fer­ing li­brary ser­vices.

In Oc­to­ber, coun­cil­lor Mitchell at­tempted to se­cure the fu­ture of the mo­bile ser­vice through an amend­ment, how­ever this was de­feated 12 votes to 18. Plan­ning a last ditch at­tempt to se­cure the mo­bile li­brary ser­vice, he con­firmed he would be tabling the same amend­ment again at the De­cem­ber comhairle meet­ings.

He said: ‘My per­cep­tion is the com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions have un­equiv­o­cally sup­ported the idea of the pro­cure­ment of two mo­bile li­brary vans as I sug­gested and I can­not see there is any sub­stan­tive ev­i­dence what­so­ever on cost­ing or lo­gis­tics to sup­port the idea that com­mu­nity hubs can de­liver this life­line ser­vice.’

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