Brighton and Hove's mobile library to be scrapped

The mobile library service in Brighton and Hove is to be scrapped as the local authority seeks to balance the books.

City council leaders say it can no longer afford the service as it seeks to reduce spending by £35m in two years.

Under the proposals, Portslade and Hangleton libraries will see their opening hours reduced from five-and-a-half to four days a week.

However, the Green-run council said none of its 14 libraries would close.

'Important victory'

Geoffrey Bowden, the cabinet member for culture, said keeping the libraries open was an "important victory".

Mr Bowden said the mobile library was expensive to maintain and would cost more than £120,000 to replace.

A consultation on changes to the library service begins on Monday and lasts until 10 February.

Any changes would come into effect in April.

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