Goods shed repair funds approved

The Northern Echo: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

COUNCILLORS have approved spending £150,000 on repair and refurbishment works on one of the oldest railway buildings in the world.

The grade II-listed former goods shed, part of the Head of Steam museum, in Darlington, is occupied by Darlington Railway Preservation Society (DRPS).

Darlington Borough Council has warned that budgetary pressures mean it will no longer in a position to fund the museum after 2016.

Efforts to secure its future under a community-led management structure are ongoing.

The council’s cabinet agreed the release of the funds for the work, which will ensure the goods shed meets legal requirements as well as providing a workshop for DRPS, which has welcomed the investment.

DRPS chairman Barrie Lamb said he hoped the refurbishments would enable the society to attract younger members.

Councillor Anne-Marie welcomed the decision. She said: “Having been in the goods shed and seen the need for some upgrading, this will be a well-received improvement.”

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8:14pm Tue 29 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

How can money be found for this when the Council is supposed to be skint?
How can money be found for this when the Council is supposed to be skint? thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 7

9:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Reality bites says...

£150,000 is a lot to give to a lost cause when street scene workers are loosing between £1000 to £3500 a year ! it can't pay for its self because not enough people are interested in it
£150,000 is a lot to give to a lost cause when street scene workers are loosing between £1000 to £3500 a year ! it can't pay for its self because not enough people are interested in it Reality bites
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Council employee1 says...

Reality bites is correct i am one of those workers losing money we had a meeting with councillor harker and mrs burns just before this meeting and we told them we were not happy with these pay cuts and they say they need to save millions then an hour later at the cabinet meeting they agree to spending £150,000 on somewhere nobody visits what needs to happen is at the next cabinet meeting all the residents of darlington who are fed up of dbc wasting money go and stand outside the town hall and express your opinion
Reality bites is correct i am one of those workers losing money we had a meeting with councillor harker and mrs burns just before this meeting and we told them we were not happy with these pay cuts and they say they need to save millions then an hour later at the cabinet meeting they agree to spending £150,000 on somewhere nobody visits what needs to happen is at the next cabinet meeting all the residents of darlington who are fed up of dbc wasting money go and stand outside the town hall and express your opinion Council employee1
  • Score: 7

8:54am Wed 30 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

Why was it allowed to get into such a mess?

Most of the restoration work on the rail museum was done by a group lead by George Beckwith and NACRO on a very tight budget. While improvements have been made by the council they are nothing like what you would expect for the money spent.

The trouble with the council's approach to Darlington's rail heritage is that it is half hearted, the job is not done properly and there is no payback by way of visitor numbers
Why was it allowed to get into such a mess? Most of the restoration work on the rail museum was done by a group lead by George Beckwith and NACRO on a very tight budget. While improvements have been made by the council they are nothing like what you would expect for the money spent. The trouble with the council's approach to Darlington's rail heritage is that it is half hearted, the job is not done properly and there is no payback by way of visitor numbers Homshaw1
  • Score: 5

9:19am Wed 30 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

Excellent comments Homshaw. And to all you Darlo people - guess who you will vote back in next time round? LABOUR. Stop whingeing and accept your fate.
Excellent comments Homshaw. And to all you Darlo people - guess who you will vote back in next time round? LABOUR. Stop whingeing and accept your fate. David Lacey
  • Score: 1

11:31am Wed 30 Apr 14

harry2 says...

Charity funding should be sought for the repairs
Charity funding should be sought for the repairs harry2
  • Score: 2

6:21pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

Our heritage is not cheap to maintain, but there is no law about the council trying to make a profit out of it. If the station was in the so called 'Home Counties' then it would have had millions thrown at it and made more millions in return.

On the other hand, weren't the council selling these buildings to a brewery? Maybe they are just getting the building in better condition to hand over? We'll never know until it's too late.

A better way of finding money for the wages of our council workers, is to lose a few of the unelected council big wigs, like Burns. She is costing us around £200,000 per year. That would allow at least 55 workers to maintain their much lower wage. Was this not discussed at the meeting?
Our heritage is not cheap to maintain, but there is no law about the council trying to make a profit out of it. If the station was in the so called 'Home Counties' then it would have had millions thrown at it and made more millions in return. On the other hand, weren't the council selling these buildings to a brewery? Maybe they are just getting the building in better condition to hand over? We'll never know until it's too late. A better way of finding money for the wages of our council workers, is to lose a few of the unelected council big wigs, like Burns. She is costing us around £200,000 per year. That would allow at least 55 workers to maintain their much lower wage. Was this not discussed at the meeting? Spy Boy
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

Our heritage is not cheap to maintain, but there is no law about the council trying to make a profit out of it. If the station was in the so called 'Home Counties' then it would have had millions thrown at it and made more millions in return.

On the other hand, weren't the council selling these buildings to a brewery? Maybe they are just getting the building in better condition to hand over? We'll never know until it's too late.

A better way of finding money for the wages of our council workers, is to lose a few of the unelected council big wigs, like Burns. She is costing us around £200,000 per year. That would allow at least 55 workers to maintain their much lower wage. Was this not discussed at the meeting?
Our heritage is not cheap to maintain, but there is no law about the council trying to make a profit out of it. If the station was in the so called 'Home Counties' then it would have had millions thrown at it and made more millions in return. On the other hand, weren't the council selling these buildings to a brewery? Maybe they are just getting the building in better condition to hand over? We'll never know until it's too late. A better way of finding money for the wages of our council workers, is to lose a few of the unelected council big wigs, like Burns. She is costing us around £200,000 per year. That would allow at least 55 workers to maintain their much lower wage. Was this not discussed at the meeting? Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

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