Dismay at decision to close Crown Street Library

Darlington for Culture has reacted with dismay to the decision tonight (Wednesday June 29) by Darlington Council to close Crown Street Library despite the submission by DfC on behalf of the community of a plan that proposed a different way forward. Despite hundreds of people protesting outside the Town Hall, Full Council rejected the community’s more »

Steering Group chair calls for delayed libraries decision

Councillor Nick Wallis’s assertion at Cabinet last week that members of the public are mostly concerned about the Crown Street building, and not the library, appears completely at odds with the true feelings of those objecting to the library proposal. There appears to be an attempt to dismiss the voices of more than 6,000 people more »

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 »