A TOTAL of six mobile library stops in Basingstoke and Deane could be axed due to a lack of interest.

Hampshire County Council is considering cutting stops, including Ashmansworth Village Hall and Little London, as they average less than two customers per visit. If agreed, the chances could come into force in October. Councillor Keith Chapman , the council’s executive member for culture and recreation, said: “The new mobile library service currently makes 363 stops around Hampshire, mainly on a monthly and weekly basis, but a number of these stops are so poorly used that this is not an efficient use of the vehicles.

“Nevertheless, as well as considering some of these under-used stops, we are also looking to increase the length of time vehicles are parked at some of the more popular stops.”

Residents are being asked for the views in a public consultation, which runs until August 2.

Cllr Chapman added: “At a time when we need to ensure the best value for money for Hampshire taxpayers amid ongoing financial challenges, we have to make sure the service operates in the most efficient and effective possible way.

“If people have ideas how we can encourage greater use of these stops, we want to hear about them so that we can put good suggestions into practice.”

The stops that could be axed are: l Ashmansworth Village Hall l Bances Court, Ball Hill l Hurdlers Arms, Binley l Durbridges, Headley l Little London l The Bridges, Mortimer West End For more information about the mobile library service visit hants. gov.uk/library.