Councillor demands improvements to Darwen Library
10:00pm Saturday 1st September 2012 in News
A DARWEN councillor has hit out at the council for not putting money into Darwen Library after spending £2million on Blackburn's.
Coun Karimeh Foster said a number of repairs needed to be made to the Knott Street building, mainly to the windows and to prevent it from leaking.
She said the money that needed to be spent was dwarfed by what the council had already invested in Blackburn.
But Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses said there was no money available and the £2million for Blackburn library was for essential repairs to the disintegrating facade.
Coun Foster said: “We need more done for Darwen Library. It is a major building and landmark in the town. We have a problem in the windows and with the effects of flooding in the building.
“The council has spent £2million on the facade of Blackburn Central Library. It is time some money was spent on Darwen Library.
“It is a major asset to the town and the people of Darwen. It needs to be looked after and improved.
“They don’t need to spend anywhere near the £2million spent in Blackburn. I am not asking for a lot.
“The Friends of Darwen Library work very hard on the building and the council should at least show some appreciation.
“It needs to be give and take.”
Damian Talbot, executive member for leisure and culture, said: “We accept Darwen Library is an important building. We have been dealing with the effects of flooding on the lower floors which have thankfully been limited.
“I don’t think we could afford to replace all the windows in Darwen Library, but we are committed to maintaining and improving it.
“The money spent on the facade of Blackburn Central Library was essential because the facade was effectively disintegrating.”