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Library service judicial review: judge rules in council's favour

Library service judicial review: judge rules in council's favour
16 July 2018

A judgement has been handed down following a judicial review of Darlington Borough Council’s decision to move the central library service from Crown Street to the Dolphin Centre.

The High Court Judge, Mrs Justice Philippa Whipple, has found in favour of the council and dismissed the judicial review claim.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and Local Environment, said: “The judgement reinforces our long-held view that the consultation process that underpinned the decision to relocate the library service was open, fair and transparent – and, above all, lawful. This judgement is a vindication of the very thorough and careful work that has been undertaken throughout the process.

“The Council has previously made a decision to relocate and we will consider our next steps in regard to the future of the library service in the coming weeks. There are no immediate actions planned, as we have been awaiting the outcome of the legal proceedings.

“We will now contact the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to relay the judge’s findings. We will also seek to understand how they wish to resolve the outstanding complaint to DCMS over the proposed changes to the library service.”

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