Steering group chair urges acceptance of community libraries plan

Gemma McDonald, Chair of the Community Libraries Steering Group, has written to all Darlington borough councillors, giving excellent reasons why the community plan for the future of libraries in the town should be accepted at full council on June 29. The full text is in the attachment here. Letter to councillors re library proposals

Disappointment at council Crown Street Library response

Darlington for Culture has reacted with disappointment to the publication today (Wed June 15) by Darlington Borough Council of its officers’ recommendations on the future of Darlington’s libraries. The report, which goes to Cabinet on June 22 and full council on June 29, rejected the community’s proposal for a joint partnership between the council and more »

Alternative plan for library service submitted

The community steering group supported by Darlington for Culture and established to devise a way to secure the future of Darlington’s library service without the need for major cutbacks submitted its plans to Darlington Borough Council towards the end of May. The DfC-backed proposal came after the team concluded that the best way forward is more »

Award for Darlington for Culture

Darlington for Culture won the Contribution to the Arts award, sponsored by Darlington Operatic Society, at the Best of Darlington awards held at Darlington College on May 6. The prize is testament to the thousands of hours of voluntary work done by our members and volunteers to support arts and culture in Darlington. Thank you more »

Membership scheme runs into second year

Local traders and cultural organisations have renewed their support for the arts in Darlington by backing a membership scheme. Supporters as varied as Head of Steam and Green Theatre are offering the members of Darlington for Culture (DfC) special benefits as part of a membership scheme which rewards people who support the work of the more »

A truly sad sight

All those people who fought so hard to save Darlington Arts Centre will, we are sure, be viewing the demolition work to turn it into flats with great sadness. Each brick represents a golden memory. And yet with a little council imagination it could have been so different…

A poet’s disgust

A few people have asked us post the words to the poem about the proposed library cutbacks, read out at the Another Way meeting on Thursday night so here goes.. The Disgust of an Author. By Helen Smith. Libraries are meant to inspire us to conjure up thoughts anew, They’ve got sod all conection to more »

Libraries campaign – keeping the pressure up

The community campaign to fight proposed cutbacks to Darlington’s libraries service is a two-fold strategy. One part is to continue protesting at the plans, which can be done in many ways, everything from lobbying your councillors to writing letters to the media and signing the Northern Echo coupon detailed below. Every act of protest has more »

Powerful backing for libraries campaign

The editorial in The Northern Echo on Monday (February 31) has backed the idea that Darlington Borough Council does not press ahead with scaling back the library service before considering all other options, something we have also been calling for. In addition a number of big name authors have backed the campaign, including best-selling crime more »

Council answers raise further concern about cuts

Darlington for Culture recently sent a series of questions to Darlington Borough Council in relation to the proposed cuts, as part of our campaign to see greater transparency in the process and to call for more time for Another Way to be considered. These are the questions: the answers are in the word file attached more »