High Peak mobile libraries could face the axe

NDET 2-12-13 RKH 13 Derbyshire county council Library Bus.

NDET 2-12-13 RKH 13 Derbyshire county council Library Bus.

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A High Peak author has hit out at proposed cuts to mobile libraries, describing them as an “intellectual life-line” for rural communities.

Berlie Doherty, of Edale, said she was “appalled” at the prospect of axing the service in light of Derbyshire County Council’s decision to launch a consultation into reducing the provision.

She said: “To remove the mobile library service is to cut off an intellectual life-line, particularly for disabled people and the elderly. It’s so difficult for people to get a to a library on public transport in rural areas. It’s appalling. My nearest library, Chapel-en-le-Frith, is more than seven miles away, but it’s a lot further away for others. Fortunately I drive, because the buses are hopeless.”

 

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