Darlington traders have their say on possible car parking changes

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BUSINESS owners in Darlington have been sharing their views on parking as part of town centre regeneration plans.

Traders and residents in Skinnergate and Duke Street have been taking part in public consultation meetings along with representatives from Darlington Borough Council to discuss possible changes to parking in the streets.

As part of the meetings, the traders were asked to generate ideas on how to improve parking opportunities, which included possible disk zones, cheaper pay and display parking and more on-street parking.

These ideas will then be developed by the council and the chosen option will be reported to Cabinet in May.

It is hoped more attractive parking will attract more shoppers to the area and increase footfall in the shops. 

A council spokeswoman said: "We were very pleased with both the turnout and the variety of views expressed at the event. The debate was lively and we are looking at all the ideas that were expressed.

"A number of views were expressed primarily around the quality of the public space, the need for more and consistent footfall in the area and an emerging sense of a distinctive quarter within the town with an emphasis on independent retail and leisure.

"The debate raised a number of issues around parking and once we have considered all the options we will be discussing possible ways forward with traders in the area."

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6:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13

doddy2010 says...

Are these councillors for real!

These are the same people I imagine who made Darlington town centre into a virtual ghost town by their short sighted money grabbing.

The removed almost all of the free 2 hour parking spots in roads like Gladstone street years ago, ignoring local protests from shop owners and shoppers alike.

They then bring in £1 charges for Sunday shopping and we are supposed to be thankful that they are considering changing them back for the good of the town centre economy - DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH!

Too little - too late. Bloody money grabbing, short sighted, self centred councillors.

You've ruined a 1000 years of market town history - HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME!
Are these councillors for real! These are the same people I imagine who made Darlington town centre into a virtual ghost town by their short sighted money grabbing. The removed almost all of the free 2 hour parking spots in roads like Gladstone street years ago, ignoring local protests from shop owners and shoppers alike. They then bring in £1 charges for Sunday shopping and we are supposed to be thankful that they are considering changing them back for the good of the town centre economy - DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH! Too little - too late. Bloody money grabbing, short sighted, self centred councillors. You've ruined a 1000 years of market town history - HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME! doddy2010
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12:52pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Spy Boy says...

They really don't care. They still get paid enormous amounts for sitting in their ivory tower and getting it wrong. They probably have a great laugh about how they're screwing us. Time for a change.
They really don't care. They still get paid enormous amounts for sitting in their ivory tower and getting it wrong. They probably have a great laugh about how they're screwing us. Time for a change. Spy Boy
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4:35pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

Well I have a business in Skinnergate and this is the first I've heard of it.

So much for consultation

This council is a joke
Well I have a business in Skinnergate and this is the first I've heard of it. So much for consultation This council is a joke Homshaw1
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