Darwen Library – Update

I attended a┬ápacked meeting at Darwen Library heard proposals to reduce opening hours as part of the Council’s cuts.

The proposal was for the following

Monday 10 -7

Tuesday 10 -1

Wednesday 10 – 5

Thursday 1 – 5

Friday 10 – 5

Saturday 10 – 4

The people at the meeting expressed strong support for the library and it was suggested that a Friends of Darwen Library be formed to help support the Library. Concerns were expressed on the drastic reduction in the book fund for buying new library books and people suggested encouraging people to donate books and make financial donations to buy new books.

Lib Dem put back on Council’s Executive Board

Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr David Foster was allowed back on Blackburn with Darwen’s Executive Board last night after being excluded for the past 4 months. In a question to the Labour Leader of the Council Cllr. Foster pointed out that they had been in breach of the constitution for the past 4 months by not allowing a member of the second opposition party onto the Board

Brown bin collection days to change in Blackburn & Darwen

Most of the approx 27 500 households on garden waste (brown bin) collection are due to change their collection day/dates, at the end of February (changeover date is 25 February).

All households changing their day will be noticed by letter, to be delivered between Sat 12 Feb and Sun 20 Feb.

There will be some households who will ‘miss’ a collection (because they move from an A week to a B week, for instance). However, garden waste tonnages are low at present of course because of the time of year, so the Council does not anticipate that this will cause a difficulty.