A SALTNEY community has expressed anger after a mobile library service was reduced.

The mobile service used to visit two stops in Saltney Ferry for about 20-30 minutes once a fortnight – one in Mainwaring Drive, the other in Ewart Street.

But as part of Flintshire County Council cutbacks, the Mainwaring Drive stop has been axed.

Saltney councillor Veronica Gay said: “None of us has had been properly informed about this and I am not sure if the county council has carried out an impact assessment form.

“It definitely makes an impact on some – some residents will find it very difficult to get over the bridge, and there is no bus service.”

Flintshire County Council said it had informed the town authority of the changes via a letter to Saltney town clerk Alan Thorniley.

But Mr Thorniley said: “The letter that was sent only informs me of upcoming mobile library visits from the remaining service, and did not say this was a change to before.”

A council spokesman said: “Flintshire County Council’s mobile library service was reviewed during 2009-10 as a result of various factors, including the fact the numbers of items loaned from the mobile libraries had dropped by over 50% over the last 10 years.

“It was agreed in March the county would be served by one mobile library (instead of two).”

He added that communities are now served by one stop, which includes Saltney.