Fears Poole council will axe valuable mobile library service used by vulnerable residents

VITAL: Poole's mobile library

VITAL: Poole's mobile library

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“UPROAR” among Poole mobile library users has been predicted if Borough of Poole axes the valuable service.

The council is to consult on withdrawing the book van, which visits elderly people in sheltered housing as well as residents in outlying parts of the borough.

“The mobile library is sacrosanct,” said Dennis Blackler, chairman of Age Concern Poole.

“This is deprivation for the elderly and the people who can’t get out. There will be uproar.”

Currently 161 readers who are unable to visit a library borrow books from the van at sheltered housing and residential homes and 136 residents who live far from a library.

Borough of Poole’s communities overview and scrutiny committee has agreed to consult residents on replacement services, which would be run by volunteers and supported by the library service.

These could include pop-up libraries in community buildings, pubs, or churches run by volunteers in areas such as Talbot Heath, Wallisdown, Bearwood and Merley, which the mobile van visits now.

An alternative service for 34 residential homes and day centres could mean visits from Royal Voluntary Service people asking residents what they would like to read and delivering books – instead of them being able to browse the shelves themselves.

Maidment Court in Parkstone Road is visited monthly by the mobile library service and is very popular among its 45 residents.

“Our residents really use it,” said manager Karen Stephens.

“They would be lost without it. A lot of our residents can’t get out.”

Cllr Jane Pratt, chairman of the communities overview and scrutiny committee said: “We believe the alternative services we plan to offer will improve the service reach of public libraries to local communities in Poole.

“Particular care will be taken to ensure that the consultation thoroughly considers our more vulnerable customers and those living in sheltered housing schemes and residential homes.”

Book van in numbers

THE mobile library has an annual budget of £45,274 however its vehicle is due for replacement shortly at a cost of £100,000. The service employs 4.4 professional staff and 41.4 full time equivalent staff and if changes go through there could be one job at risk.

The Home Library Service run by Poole Libraries in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service delivers to an additional 21 residential homes and sheltered housing. In 2013/14 issues through the mobile service totalled 12,878.

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7:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

The alternative sounds a much better plan,at least it get the users out into the community which is not a bad thing
The alternative sounds a much better plan,at least it get the users out into the community which is not a bad thing kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

8:19am Thu 17 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
The alternative sounds a much better plan,at least it get the users out into the community which is not a bad thing
IF they are able to get out into the community.

As the article says, many can't. But, hey, who cares about them - they're old.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: The alternative sounds a much better plan,at least it get the users out into the community which is not a bad thing[/p][/quote]IF they are able to get out into the community. As the article says, many can't. But, hey, who cares about them - they're old. Carolyn43
  • Score: -1

9:24am Thu 17 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike.
They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

10:06am Thu 17 Jul 14

justsayithowitis says...

I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more
I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more justsayithowitis
  • Score: 7

10:10am Thu 17 Jul 14

Molecatcher says...

The council would of course much rather pander to the likes of the travellers that are currently not travelling anywhere, by providing skips and toilets for them. Poole Council: Shame on you all.

"Cllr Jane Pratt, chairman of the communities overview and scrutiny committee said: “We believe the alternative services we plan to offer will improve the service reach of public libraries to local communities in Poole."

What she should have said was "The service will provide less and less for fewer people until it is finally axed completely. That would have been at least an honest statement.
The council would of course much rather pander to the likes of the travellers that are currently not travelling anywhere, by providing skips and toilets for them. Poole Council: Shame on you all. "Cllr Jane Pratt, chairman of the communities overview and scrutiny committee said: “We believe the alternative services we plan to offer will improve the service reach of public libraries to local communities in Poole." What she should have said was "The service will provide less and less for fewer people until it is finally axed completely. That would have been at least an honest statement. Molecatcher
  • Score: 0

10:39am Thu 17 Jul 14

rozmister says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more
I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life!
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more[/p][/quote]I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life! rozmister
  • Score: -2

11:08am Thu 17 Jul 14

Tony Trent says...

BIGTONE wrote:
They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike.
What hike is this? I proposed successfully that they be frozen for the sixth consecutive year. It's a pity that the energies of these anonymous trolls are not put into fighting the endless cuts to local Council funding that are supported to various degrees by all parties Nationally which range from the same cuts but spread over another couple of years (Labour) to harder, faster cuts proposed by the Tory right and UKIP. That is the real issue that needs challenging - though we seem to get dragged in to endless diversions as recent changes to the Tory front line demonstrate (the shift to the right and more eurosceptics!). I wish people would "wake up and smell the coffee", and defend these important local services which are sufferring from 40% cuts ultimately - double the next highest level of cuts imposed by Govt. in any other area of spending. Mobile libraries are just the tip of the iceberg if the funding cuts aren't eased very soon.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike.[/p][/quote]What hike is this? I proposed successfully that they be frozen for the sixth consecutive year. It's a pity that the energies of these anonymous trolls are not put into fighting the endless cuts to local Council funding that are supported to various degrees by all parties Nationally which range from the same cuts but spread over another couple of years (Labour) to harder, faster cuts proposed by the Tory right and UKIP. That is the real issue that needs challenging - though we seem to get dragged in to endless diversions as recent changes to the Tory front line demonstrate (the shift to the right and more eurosceptics!). I wish people would "wake up and smell the coffee", and defend these important local services which are sufferring from 40% cuts ultimately - double the next highest level of cuts imposed by Govt. in any other area of spending. Mobile libraries are just the tip of the iceberg if the funding cuts aren't eased very soon. Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

11:46am Thu 17 Jul 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Tony Trent wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike.
What hike is this? I proposed successfully that they be frozen for the sixth consecutive year. It's a pity that the energies of these anonymous trolls are not put into fighting the endless cuts to local Council funding that are supported to various degrees by all parties Nationally which range from the same cuts but spread over another couple of years (Labour) to harder, faster cuts proposed by the Tory right and UKIP. That is the real issue that needs challenging - though we seem to get dragged in to endless diversions as recent changes to the Tory front line demonstrate (the shift to the right and more eurosceptics!). I wish people would "wake up and smell the coffee", and defend these important local services which are sufferring from 40% cuts ultimately - double the next highest level of cuts imposed by Govt. in any other area of spending. Mobile libraries are just the tip of the iceberg if the funding cuts aren't eased very soon.
Unfortunately the country was almost bankrupted by the previous government hence the state we are in.
Not everything can be ring-fenced and the money has to come from somewhere.
I would suggest that as a resident of Parkstone that the council has wasted a lot of money on the needless 20mph zones in the area. Political correctness gone mad.
[quote][p][bold]Tony Trent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: They have to chop it to help finance their expenses hike.[/p][/quote]What hike is this? I proposed successfully that they be frozen for the sixth consecutive year. It's a pity that the energies of these anonymous trolls are not put into fighting the endless cuts to local Council funding that are supported to various degrees by all parties Nationally which range from the same cuts but spread over another couple of years (Labour) to harder, faster cuts proposed by the Tory right and UKIP. That is the real issue that needs challenging - though we seem to get dragged in to endless diversions as recent changes to the Tory front line demonstrate (the shift to the right and more eurosceptics!). I wish people would "wake up and smell the coffee", and defend these important local services which are sufferring from 40% cuts ultimately - double the next highest level of cuts imposed by Govt. in any other area of spending. Mobile libraries are just the tip of the iceberg if the funding cuts aren't eased very soon.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the country was almost bankrupted by the previous government hence the state we are in. Not everything can be ring-fenced and the money has to come from somewhere. I would suggest that as a resident of Parkstone that the council has wasted a lot of money on the needless 20mph zones in the area. Political correctness gone mad. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: -2

12:39pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Tony Trent says...

There you have another issue not fully appreciated, that is one off capital verses revenue spending. Libraries are vulnerable as they are regular revenue expenditure rather than one off capital spending. Though there is a limited pot, it often makes sense to spend a one off sum to save on ongoing costs in future years. There is a very topical example I will refrain from giving as it will only set off the trolls. We really do need to consider the bigger picture as I think many cuts being forced on local councils will have a high cost in the longer term. Some Councils cut youth services early on (fortunately not Poole), but I think that will have a higher cost to society in the longer term than the cuts saved.
There you have another issue not fully appreciated, that is one off capital verses revenue spending. Libraries are vulnerable as they are regular revenue expenditure rather than one off capital spending. Though there is a limited pot, it often makes sense to spend a one off sum to save on ongoing costs in future years. There is a very topical example I will refrain from giving as it will only set off the trolls. We really do need to consider the bigger picture as I think many cuts being forced on local councils will have a high cost in the longer term. Some Councils cut youth services early on (fortunately not Poole), but I think that will have a higher cost to society in the longer term than the cuts saved. Tony Trent
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

justsayithowitis says...

rozmister wrote:
justsayithowitis wrote:
I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more
I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life!
Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more[/p][/quote]I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life![/p][/quote]Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all. justsayithowitis
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

rozmister says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
rozmister wrote:
justsayithowitis wrote:
I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more
I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life!
Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all.
Ok well I also don't use schools, adult social care, childrens social care and whole host of other council services? If the few I do use are axed then why should I pay to prop up everyone else? I don't resent paying for services I will probably never have need for but I do resent the idea that one of the few services I do use would be axed and I would continue paying for all the services other people use. If we start charging people by services they use only I can expect a nice drop in my council tax!
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more[/p][/quote]I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life![/p][/quote]Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all.[/p][/quote]Ok well I also don't use schools, adult social care, childrens social care and whole host of other council services? If the few I do use are axed then why should I pay to prop up everyone else? I don't resent paying for services I will probably never have need for but I do resent the idea that one of the few services I do use would be axed and I would continue paying for all the services other people use. If we start charging people by services they use only I can expect a nice drop in my council tax! rozmister
  • Score: 2

10:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

TalkToTheTrees says...

rozmister wrote:
justsayithowitis wrote:
rozmister wrote:
justsayithowitis wrote:
I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more
I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life!
Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all.
Ok well I also don't use schools, adult social care, childrens social care and whole host of other council services? If the few I do use are axed then why should I pay to prop up everyone else? I don't resent paying for services I will probably never have need for but I do resent the idea that one of the few services I do use would be axed and I would continue paying for all the services other people use. If we start charging people by services they use only I can expect a nice drop in my council tax!
Exactly Rozmister. I've never had a fire so why should I continually have to prop up the fire service through my taxes.

To 'justsayithowitis': Apart from the fact that a free library means anybody, on any income can access a book and therefore learning, you will also find, should you chose to visit one, that libraries provide much more: community activities and events, access to the internet and information.

Like with all services funded through taxation, they are for the public good, with equitable access for all members of society.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why everyone who wants to use the library can't pay a small rental fee per book and make it self funding. There are many cuts being made and I personally think reading a book shouldn't be paid for by tax payers any more[/p][/quote]I already paid a small rental fee to use the library when I paid my taxes. I don't think green waste should be paid for by the council taxpayer - a garden is a luxury not an essential but that's life![/p][/quote]Green waste shouldn't be paid for from our council tax. I never said otherwise. What I should have spelt out was that the time might have come when many things like libraries and green waste should be paid for by those that use them not by all.[/p][/quote]Ok well I also don't use schools, adult social care, childrens social care and whole host of other council services? If the few I do use are axed then why should I pay to prop up everyone else? I don't resent paying for services I will probably never have need for but I do resent the idea that one of the few services I do use would be axed and I would continue paying for all the services other people use. If we start charging people by services they use only I can expect a nice drop in my council tax![/p][/quote]Exactly Rozmister. I've never had a fire so why should I continually have to prop up the fire service through my taxes. To 'justsayithowitis': Apart from the fact that a free library means anybody, on any income can access a book and therefore learning, you will also find, should you chose to visit one, that libraries provide much more: community activities and events, access to the internet and information. Like with all services funded through taxation, they are for the public good, with equitable access for all members of society. TalkToTheTrees
  • Score: -1

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