DARLINGTON residents can have their say on the future of Crown Street Library, as new refurbishment plans are being revealed.

Following a decision to reverse the closure of the historic library, proposals for the building will be discussed at a public information event at the library on Thursday, January 30.

From 10am to 6pm, residents will be able to view drawings which will give an idea of how the library could look once the work is finished.

There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions about the planned refurbishment.

Darlington Borough Council has said a respect for the heritage of the building, gifted by the Pease family, will be 'at the heart of the plans'.

The plans include improved accessibility, better toilet facilities and a strong activities and events programme.

There is also planned improvements to the Local Studies centre and ICT infrastructure.

It is hoped the refurbishment will lead to an increase in the number of people using the library.

Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “I am often asked what our plans are for the library, so I am looking forward to sharing details of the proposals.

“We will take on board all comments that come our way, both at the public information event and from other routes, and look again at the proposals, fine-tuning them where necessary before they are finalised.

“I was keen that anyone who is unable to attend the information event for any reason would not miss out on the chance to have their say or ask questions, so we have made an email address available for people to get in touch.”

Anyone who can’t attend the information event can email questions or comments on the plans to capital.projectsoffice@darlington.gov.uk