Roads where library could be parked unveiled

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A CONSULTATION will soon be carried out on where temporary parking bays will be created for a new mobile library service.

As reported, Portsmouth City Council is to start running a £100,000 library bus that will have adult and children’s books on board.

Currently, there is a weekly service that visits various locations in the city but it only has reading material for adults.

The roads where the service could stop are on Drayton Lane, at the existing 20-metre parking bay north of the Havant Road junction, and on Mayfield Road, taking up 20 metres of the parking bay west of Copnor Road junction.

The service could also park on Ludlow Road, in a parking bay east of the Blakemere Crescent junction, on Fort Cumberland Road, within the 20-metre layby east of Henderson Road junction and on London Road, at a parking bay opposite the north side of the Amberley Road junction, outside Doyle Court.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, who represents Eastney and Craneswater ward, said: ‘I have spoken to a number of people about this in the vicinity of Fort Cumberland Road and I think it’s a welcome development.

‘There aren’t many public services in the eastern end of Eastney and there are other things that could be spun off of it, like a community reading club.’

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, in charge of traffic and transport, welcomed the introduction of the new service.