Listen to public on mobile island library service, says councillor
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.’