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Registrars (EffR9)

Core Offer

Portfolio: Efficiency and Resources Portfolio

This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: EffR9 - Registrars

This proposal will be discussed at the Efficiency and Resources scrutiny committee [PDF document] on 18 March 2016.

Related FAQs

What are the estimated relocation and capital costs associated with moving the registrar from the Dolphin Centre to the Town Hall? How is it proposed this is funded? From receipts of the sale of Cockerton and/or Crown Street or general funds?

What are the estimated relocation and capital costs associated with moving the registrar from the Dolphin Centre to the Town Hall? How is it proposed this is funded? From receipts of the sale of Cockerton and/or Crown Street or general funds?

The estimated costs of relocating the Registrars is £140,000; this will be funded by prudential borrowing paid for from within existing budgets. 

Your Say

3 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Core EffR9 (Registrars)

Why doesn't the Registrar's office move to Head of Steam. This will provide free parking for office users as well as give the Head of Steam more profile. Also, a room could be decorated to use as a ceremony room. The Council Chamber is not very attractive.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR9 (Registrars)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

Statement
We need to retain the Crown Street library and Covered Market.
Sell assets Dolphin Centre and Civic Theatre.
With the best intentions council tax has been too low for a long time, hence the shortfall in government funding with comparable councils in the South.
Move the registrars to the Crown Street library. A much better facility for Births, Deaths and particularly Marriages.
Saving money on alterations to the Town Hall. (the Registrars make money for the council).
With immediate effect place Ada Burns on redundancy notice. We cannot afford such a highly paid individual in the present circumstances. We appear not to be getting value for money.

Question
To maintain the status quo, i.e. retain the Covered Market and Crown Street Library, how much would council tax have to be increased?

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core EffR9 (Registrars)
Cut W04 (Library - Local Studies)
Cut W05 (Cockerton Library)
Cut S14 (Strategic Grant Budget)

Darlington LG Branch of Unison would like to put forward some practical suggestions as to how to retain the Central Library at Crown Street. Some of the ideas could easily apply to Cockerton Library too. • The agency staff cost was around £3 million for 2015 (use of casual staff and overtime could offset some agency costs). Around 15% of savings on these costs would equate to the proposed savings for restructuring the library service. • Site an offshoot of the Dolphin Centre café within the library – Waterstones and other bookshops seem to make this model work for them. Not only will they pay for coffee but they will also be drawn to other services, local studies for example. There is a huge interest in local history, perhaps if more people were drawn to the library and shown how to access it then it could build footfall. • Site an offshoot of a community/voluntary service there – credit union, CAB, Age UK – at a charge • Offer pop up shop space or short term rental space for businesses such as Waterstones, Art Shop, Gallerina, House of Fraser, colleges, foot outlets, garden centre (Council grown flowers) etc. • Xentrall to expand their services and offer a chargeable IT support service to the public, possibly sited at Crown Street • If there is any space in the basement, they could rent out archive space to other authorities. • Co-locate Registrars in Crown Street along with the library. • Offer basement space to start-up businesses. • As has previously been suggested, offer the committee suite as accommodation to other public services. Income can be used to support the library. These are just a few of the suggestions that could help support the service, if there is a willingness to do so.