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Civic Theatre (LLE4)

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Your Say

6 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)

Shut it down it is only a drain of money,paid out of housing tax ,that would recover a small fortune

Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)

In the past there were offers from theatre companies to take over The Civic and those offers were rejected. Would that not be a good option now? Doing that could save the indoor market and its valued traders. We could have the best of both worlds. Surely that makes sense.

Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)
FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)

I do not agree with the closure of Crown Street Library. The consultation has been pitifully inadequate bearing in mind we have known for over five years that we needed to save more money. It is only in the last few weeks, days even that it has become public that the proceeds from the Library are needed to support the Civic - where is the consultation on this? And that it is the Library or the Dolphin Centre - there has been no agreement on this by the town. It is unacceptable to bulldoze through such a significant and final proposal which will change the town forever. You must pause, give more time for consultation and other solutions and become more transparent in your dealings.

Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)

The Director of Fundraising has been in post for over a year now. Please could you tell me how much has been pledged so far towards the £1.8m.

Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)
FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)

We have been through this before with the Arts Centre. How much was the building sold for? What is the money being used for? Why not some for Crown Street Library?
How much did it cost whilst it was not being used as an Arts Centre?
Why are we paying so much for theatre Hullaballo when it is not specifically for Darlington children?
If the Civic Theatre refurbishment does not go ahead will that mean the will be more money available for libraries?
Apart from ambiance the library has good natural light which is good for reading.

Core LLE4 (Civic Theatre)
Core LLE2 (Libraries Service)

I am strongly against the closure of Crown Street library.

The library building is an icon for the town. To see it boarded up or sold off to become a cheap clothes shop or a bar is a horrific proposition. This would be bad enough it the sale of the site would generate enough money to provide a significant benefit to the town, but at best it will provide only a small proportion of the funding needed for the Civic Theatre redevelopment. The town needs Crown Street library far more than additional facilities at the theatre and the use of money intended by the Pease family for education to be used to support a leisure facility which they fought long and hard against would be a disgrace. While their views of the immorality of theatre shows and alcohol may be outdated, the principle of them should be respected.

Crown Street library belongs to the people of Darlington and it is clear from recent discussions around the budget proposals that the people of the town want to retain it at all costs. If the closure ultimately leads to the demolition of the building, which seems the most likely outcome, it would be an act of cultural vandalism on the part of the council.

A way has to be found to maintain the library service in Crown Street. I and many others would be willing to pay an additional amount to maintain it, perhaps as a subscription to a non-statutory part of the service such as the Local Studies Centre. The council must seek to work with Darlington for Culture to operate Crown Street library at a reduced cost and not simply dismiss their suggestions as it did with the running of the Arts Centre or the town will ultimately lose everything which gives it its character.