Mobile library cuts approved by cabinet

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CABINET members approved a cut in the council’s mobile library service on Monday (April 7).

Pembrokeshire County Council currently operates three mobile library vehicles across the county.

This will be replaced by one vehicle visiting fewer stops in communities “some distance” from libraries. The service will also change from being every three weeks to every four weeks

But the new service will provide home deliveries to “the most vulnerable”.

Last December, cabinet approved a review into the service which cost £101,000 to run in 2013/14. It is estimated that the changes will result in savings of about two thirds.

Nearly half (47%) of the 663 consultation respondents said they “strongly disagreed” with the proposed changes. A further 18% “disagreed”, while seven per cent “strongly agreed” and a further 14% “agreed”.

Cabinet member for culture Councillor Elwyn Morse said: “The current mobile fleet stops at 181 locations throughout the county and in some cases serves just one user.

“Our original proposal was to replace our three mobile vehicles with a criteria-led library service, however nearly half of the respondents strongly disagreed with this.

“As a result, we have decided to retain a more focused mobile library service to attend to around 50 stops, as well as introduce an important bespoke service for some of our most vulnerable and housebound customers.

“We are glad to have received the views of so many library users, and we hope the new proposals will meet their needs as well as create a more efficient service.”

In December members were told the service faced a number of issues, including an old fleet of vehicles prone to regular breakdowns, and a narrow service without any ICT or wider information, used by a small number of people – about 1% of the Pembrokeshire population.

Council leader Cllr Jamie Adams called the move “a service change opportunity”.

“I think it’s to the credit of the service that we are still able to ensure that those who have genuine difficulty in accessing our services are provided for,” he added.

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10:56am Sat 12 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

a service change opportunity”. a spade is a spade by any other name...why is it these days we cant say what we mean or state the fact. PCC have decided to Axe the service. Its all this political correctness. Recently I heard of someone refer to an "involuntary dismount"..ie he was thrown from his horse...why not say..I fell off or it threw me...all this gobbledy gook ( sorry if I cant spell that..haha ) but the whole of PCC is a Service Change Opportunity, just a shame they couldnt apply that to getting rid of Jamie Adams and the BPJ...now theres a SERVICE CHANGE OPPORTUNITY...IF EVER THERE WAS ONE...LOL
a service change opportunity”. a spade is a spade by any other name...why is it these days we cant say what we mean or state the fact. PCC have decided to Axe the service. Its all this political correctness. Recently I heard of someone refer to an "involuntary dismount"..ie he was thrown from his horse...why not say..I fell off or it threw me...all this gobbledy gook ( sorry if I cant spell that..haha ) but the whole of PCC is a Service Change Opportunity, just a shame they couldnt apply that to getting rid of Jamie Adams and the BPJ...now theres a SERVICE CHANGE OPPORTUNITY...IF EVER THERE WAS ONE...LOL Gogledd
  • Score: 10

11:53am Sat 12 Apr 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

And there is not a thing we can do about it.
And there is not a thing we can do about it. PembrokeshireMan
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

Cllr Adams talking rubbish again “a service change opportunity”, whatever he pays his script writers, it is far too much! Further more "...we are still able to ensure that those who have genuine difficulty in accessing our services are provided for" is another load of tosh. It is amazing how "Jamie and his magic torch Adams" always tries to dress up a negative as a positive. Jamie your living in Cuckoo Land and you should stick to being Bryn's tea boy and leave the PR stuff to the grown ups.
Cllr Adams talking rubbish again “a service change opportunity”, whatever he pays his script writers, it is far too much! Further more "...we are still able to ensure that those who have genuine difficulty in accessing our services are provided for" is another load of tosh. It is amazing how "Jamie and his magic torch Adams" always tries to dress up a negative as a positive. Jamie your living in Cuckoo Land and you should stick to being Bryn's tea boy and leave the PR stuff to the grown ups. Bilbo101
  • Score: 8

2:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

What amazes me is that they conducted a "consultation" and 65% of people disagreed with the proposals and only 21% agreed and they went ahead and made the changes anyway. I don't see the point in conducting a consultation if the council are going to disregard the views of the people anyway.

Again this council is not operating democratically. We vote people in and then they do what they want rather than what the people want. Getting rid of these people, especially those who voted not to suspend Bryn would be the best service change opportunity that I can see.
What amazes me is that they conducted a "consultation" and 65% of people disagreed with the proposals and only 21% agreed and they went ahead and made the changes anyway. I don't see the point in conducting a consultation if the council are going to disregard the views of the people anyway. Again this council is not operating democratically. We vote people in and then they do what they want rather than what the people want. Getting rid of these people, especially those who voted not to suspend Bryn would be the best service change opportunity that I can see. Bilbo101
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Sat 12 Apr 14

heltom says...

No mention is made of those people who actually deliver the service, and have done so for a great number of years, who will now lose their jobs. By its very nature this is a personal service and one that goes into the heart of rural communities - in many ways it is an important social service. Draconian cuts will impact detrimentally on Pembrokeshire's more isolated residents, especially those who are elderly and alone;but also the loyal workers who have established a personal relationship with their customers and provided a marvellous service for many years face being cast aside; nah we don't need you any more guys ! Disgraceful.
No mention is made of those people who actually deliver the service, and have done so for a great number of years, who will now lose their jobs. By its very nature this is a personal service and one that goes into the heart of rural communities - in many ways it is an important social service. Draconian cuts will impact detrimentally on Pembrokeshire's more isolated residents, especially those who are elderly and alone;but also the loyal workers who have established a personal relationship with their customers and provided a marvellous service for many years face being cast aside; nah we don't need you any more guys ! Disgraceful. heltom
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

Quite right we havent mentioned the vital service it provides, esp to remote communities and for people who cannot get out and about. Old Grumpys latest blog talks about George Orwellian scenarios...too true....anyway isnt there some old joke somewhere about consultation processes where what it actually means is that you can put forward your views but we tell you what we are going to do....ie its a waste of time us putting forward our views they will do what they want in the end anyway regardless...thats democracy for you...
Quite right we havent mentioned the vital service it provides, esp to remote communities and for people who cannot get out and about. Old Grumpys latest blog talks about George Orwellian scenarios...too true....anyway isnt there some old joke somewhere about consultation processes where what it actually means is that you can put forward your views but we tell you what we are going to do....ie its a waste of time us putting forward our views they will do what they want in the end anyway regardless...thats democracy for you... Gogledd
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Health fighter says...

The County Council often trumpets the fact that our Council Tax is much lower than others in Wales, that is fact. We are, however, being conned yet again by Jamie, Bryn and crew who talk about ' Service Change Opportunity' when they really mean the closure of services. Council tax down, service provision down, toilets etc closed but Bryn's salary and Jamie's expenses not reduced by one penny. They are both laughing all the way to the bank at our expense but then they did carry out a consultation. Like the one carried out by the Health Board no doubt.
The County Council often trumpets the fact that our Council Tax is much lower than others in Wales, that is fact. We are, however, being conned yet again by Jamie, Bryn and crew who talk about ' Service Change Opportunity' when they really mean the closure of services. Council tax down, service provision down, toilets etc closed but Bryn's salary and Jamie's expenses not reduced by one penny. They are both laughing all the way to the bank at our expense but then they did carry out a consultation. Like the one carried out by the Health Board no doubt. Health fighter
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

Each and every commenter raises valid arguments.

Sadly, no words will ever change the minds of this lot.

Maybe the time for words is drawing to a close?

Nahh, we're "British", we'll accept their cuts like the decent people we are, keep the upper lip nice and stiff and our tongues firmly chomped on.

Is nobody else getting at least a bit angry that our services are being cut, bit by bit, little by little while the elected (or not) continue to very well for themselves, thank you?
Each and every commenter raises valid arguments. Sadly, no words will ever change the minds of this lot. Maybe the time for words is drawing to a close? Nahh, we're "British", we'll accept their cuts like the decent people we are, keep the upper lip nice and stiff and our tongues firmly chomped on. Is nobody else getting at least a bit angry that our services are being cut, bit by bit, little by little while the elected (or not) continue to very well for themselves, thank you? PembrokeshireMan
  • Score: 3

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