MOBILE library routes around Bridgwater and surrounding villages are set to be cut to help Somerset County Council save £500,000.

Cutbacks are in line for various routes around Bridgwater and villages near Nether Stowey where there is a library building less than three miles away.

One of the stops set to go in the plans is Brook Cottage which is the only stop in the village of Fiddington.

One library user in the village, Hilary Burland, told the Mercury: “It is sad to see it go as it was the last remaining service in the village apart from bin collections.

“Even the bus doesn’t stop here any more.”

Information sessions will be held across the county giving people the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes and what they will mean for their local library.

Under the proposals some stops will be axed altogether from August 2015 and others merged.

Stops that could be scrapped include ‘The Bungalow’and ‘Church’ stops at Bawdrip as well as the Manor House Inn at Chedzoy and Willow Court at Bower Manor which are considered close enough to Bridgwater Library.

Other stops due to be dropped include Hill Top at Kilve, Twindell Lane, Victoria Way and The Gables at Spaxton, although a stop in the village will be retained, the Greyhound Inn at Stogursey, the Church and the Plough Inn at Holford and the Inn at Shurton.

The Stockmoor Village stop will also be axed as it’s considered too close to North Petherton library.

Cllr David Hall, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “I encourage everyone in Somerset to complete the questionnaire that will be available online or from your local library to make sure your voice is heard about the proposed changes to library services.

“These proposals would enable us to continue to provide a high quality library service, whilst potentially saving the council nearly £500,000.

“Library buildings will remain open for all to enjoy, but as can be seen, there are still tough decisions to make.

“We are keen to hear your views which will help shape our final way forward.”

The feedback from the consultation, open until January 11, 2015, will be used to create a final set of proposals to take to Somerset County Council’s Cabinet meeting in February 2015 where a final decision on the way forward is expected to be made.

To take part, the proposals and questionnaire can be accessed online at or at libraries and mobile libraries or by emailing libraryservicereview@som