Windows 'falling to pieces' at historic Darwen Library
A DARWEN councillor has called on the borough council to replace windows at the town’s historic library.
Work to repair the dome at the library, as well as works to make it watertight, started in April.
The £30,000 project took more than two months to complete and saw the building closed on a couple of days.
But Whitehall councillor Karimeh Foster said not enough had been done to restore the ageing building. She said: “The windows need changing all the way through the building. They are all falling to pieces.
“This building is very important to the town and should be kept in much better condition.”
Coun Foster said that as the council was in the middle of £2million of work to give its Blackburn library a facelift, more should be spent at Darwen.
She said: “Yes they did some work earlier this year, but they didn’t spend nearly as much as they have in Blackburn. They only repaired the dome and did some flood-proofing. This is not enough. The council must do more to preserve Darwen library.”
Blackburn with Darwen executive member for leisure Damian Talbot said he would look into it.
He said: “There were works carried out at Darwen Library earlier this year because they were required. The response to the work that has been done has been positive. I think some of those windows in the library are probably 100 years old and we will repair them where it is essential.
“As I told Coun Foster when we spoke at the weekend, I will certainly look into it.
“But I cannot make any more of a commitment than that.”
Friends of Darwen Library chairman John East said: “We have been negotiating with the council and they need to set up a rolling programme of repair works at the library.
“It is the number one place in Darwen after the tower, and we really do have to look after it for future generations.”
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