Last weekly library van visit on 30th June.

Last weekly library van visit on 30th June.

Hollingbourne’s last weekly library van visit will be on Thursday 30th June. Kent County Council are reducing the library van service across the county and from 20th July Hollingbourne will only receive a fortnightly visit at midday instead of three weekly stops at the Village Hall, All Saints’ Church, and Troys Mead. KCC say the reduced service will save £150,000 a year and the reduction in service is being imposed despite strong objections from users.

Subject to the agreement of the licensee of the Windmill Public House who own the section of the Village Hall car park used by the present van, the library van will stop every other Wednesday between 11.55am and 12.25pm in the car park at a time when it can be busy with the Windmill’s lunchtime trade. The use of the alternative car park at the rear of the Village Hall is not thought to be viable because the entrance is too narrow for the library van. Up to now the 3.45pm to 4.15pm visits to the Village Hall have been done by permission of the licensee of the day and have not clashed with busy trading times.

The first visit is scheduled to be on 20th July which is followed by 3rd August, 17th August, 31st August,14th September, 28th September, 12th October, 26th October, 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December, and 21st December. At the time of writing the use of the Windmill car park is yet to be confirmed.

Pictured below is the present regular driver cum librarian outside of the Village Hall. Until relatively recently the van was staffed by a driver and a librarian.