As a result of the recent budget cuts, Darlington Borough Council is proposing to move a much reduced library service to the Dolphin Centre (and sell off its Grade II listed building) in efforts to save money.
We have until May 2016 to come up with some alternatives to this proposal.
The proposal is that the library will move into the building, currently occupied by the Register Office and that the Register Office will move into the town hall. The cost of the proposed move has been budgeted at £750,000. Surely that money can be put to better use and towards saving our library?
The Crown Street building is a significant part of Darlington's history. Edward Pease left £10,000 (probably £1 million pounds in today's money) to build a library for the town that everyone could enjoy. The building, the site and it's contents were all donated to the town to make this happen.
The aim of this petition is to persuade Darlington Borough Council that there has to be an alternative to losing this amazing building and all it contributes to our town. We can only do this if we have your support!
We have this amazing building but rather than expand its facilities and make full use of it, the council seek to close it to save money. Running costs could be reduced with shorter opening hours and revenue could be increased by imposing charges for some of their wonderful services they offer (to the exception of borrowing books) or by even expanding the facilities ( for example providing a coffee shop) to bring in extra money.
Please sign this petition and share it with your friends if you would like to see the library stay at Crown Street. We also have a Facebook page "Darlington Library- Keep it at Crown Street" for residents to add their ideas in the hope this can be achieved.
More importantly, this petition is not about blame. It's about moving forward and putting forward a solution to keeping the library in its rightful home.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.