STUFF Russley Village manager Tim Dearsley talks to Stuff about the impact losing Christchurch’s mobile library service will have on his retirement village. Anne Brown loves reading, but at 93 she relies on a mobile library bus to bring the books to her. The Russley Village resident is one of many users of the $91,000 per year service the Christchurch City Council is proposing to scrap as part of its next 10-year budget . With key services such as post shops and banks shutting down , pensioners like Brown are upset at the thought of losing the mobile library that keeps their brains "agile" while unable to drive about town. Her village is one of 19 locations the bus visits each week. READ MORE: Residents using too much water face charges in Christchurch’s new budget Parking charges in central Christchurch could skyrocket Plan to charge Christchurch residents for water labelled ‘absurd’ Her former Canterbury University academic husband Colin is in 24-hour care in the same village, so Brown chooses his books – usually about history and biographies – to take to him on a Monday afternoon. "The library is one of the really lovely things we just enjoy so much."… Read full this story
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