Darlington for Culture has reacted with dismay to the proposed cuts announced today by Darlington Borough Council (key points have this morning been reported by The Northern Echo), including the proposal to close both Crown Street and Cockerton Libraries with a new ‘library’ being created in the Dolphin Centre, and to withdraw the mobile library service. Our committee will meet on Friday night (Feb 5) and will issue a statement over the weekend.
You can see the full report on the cuts at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/
The Northern Echo has launched a petition to force a debate in Parliament on the crippling cuts that threaten the fabric of life in Darlington. These cuts affect not only the most vulnerable but will impact on every corner of the borough and every sector of society. Social services, health, street cleaning, children’s centres and even grass cutting are among the services to be hit hardest.
The Echo says: “Some of the town’s most iconic buildings, including Darlington’s Victorian covered market and Central Library, face closure unless a fairer deal can be reached. Darlington is one example of the disproportionate public sector cuts being forced on councils across the north. We think this is unfair and we ask the Government to look again at its plans. This petition hopes to prevent this from occurring and save our historic market town. “
At 10,000 signatures the Government has to respond to the petition. You can sign by going to http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/business/14255052.Sign_the_petition_to_save_Darlington_from_crippling_spending_cuts/