Darlington council approves £7m multi-storey car park plan

The Northern Echo: Council leader Bill Dixon said the facilities in the new car park would be better than the charity's current location. Council leader Bill Dixon said the facilities in the new car park would be better than the charity's current location.

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for a £7m multi-storey car park - including premises for a disability charity - in a North-East town.

The car park will be built on an existing open-air car park on the edge of Darlington town centre and provide parking for a multi-million pound leisure development planned for an adjacent site.

The 650-space car park will also include accommodation for Darlington Association on Disability (Dad), which currently has premises in the Market Square.

Council leader Bill Dixon said the facilities in the new car park would be better than the charity's current location.

Dad chairman Gordon Pybus said the proposed move into a new car park would enable the charity to continue its scooter hire service for disabled shoppers.

Dwindling grants in recent years have made the Market Square premises less affordable for the charity.

Mr Pybus said countless people rely on the shopmobility service for access to the town centre.

The leisure development, which includes a multi-screen cinema, bars and restaurants, coupled with the planned Department for Education office development, will result in the loss of 430 parking spaces.

Given the expected increase in demand generated by these two developments, the council identified an 'urgent need' for the planned multi-storey car park Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said the car park would be 'self-financing'.

He said: "This is a critical development for the future of the town centre.

"We have got a lot of development going on, which is good for the town and good for local people.

"There have been comments about us taking on further debt, but this car park will be self-financing and a critical part of our town centre."

Members agreed to release £7m for the building of the car park, with work expected to begin early next year.

Coun McEwan expanded on his 'self-financing' comment following the completion of the meeting.

He said: "We will be borrowing money [to pay for the car park], but we will be servicing that debt using the parking revenue that comes in.

"That will pay for it in part and we will have an asset that will keep on earning revenue."

He added that 'capital receipts' from the sale of council assets, such as the land the cinema development will be built on, will also go towards paying off the loan.

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1:29am Wed 4 Dec 13

SirLance says...

Methinks the lower floor of the car park will be 'reserved' for DBC privileged parking whence complete! watch this space!!!
Methinks the lower floor of the car park will be 'reserved' for DBC privileged parking whence complete! watch this space!!! SirLance

10:50am Wed 4 Dec 13

darloboss says...

SirLance wrote:
Methinks the lower floor of the car park will be 'reserved' for DBC privileged parking whence complete! watch this space!!!
unless they are installing a £100,0000 lift for privilleged use only can't expect dbc to use stairways
[quote][p][bold]SirLance[/bold] wrote: Methinks the lower floor of the car park will be 'reserved' for DBC privileged parking whence complete! watch this space!!![/p][/quote]unless they are installing a £100,0000 lift for privilleged use only can't expect dbc to use stairways darloboss

12:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

loan_star says...

Has the land for the proposed cinema development actually been sold yet or are we likely to end up with a car park and no leisure facilities that it was intended to service?
Has the land for the proposed cinema development actually been sold yet or are we likely to end up with a car park and no leisure facilities that it was intended to service? loan_star

2:50pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo says...

Very pleased to see a photo of Bill Dixon.
Now all I need is a dartboard!
Very pleased to see a photo of Bill Dixon. Now all I need is a dartboard! Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo

5:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Awake-in-Darlo says...

loan_star wrote:
Has the land for the proposed cinema development actually been sold yet or are we likely to end up with a car park and no leisure facilities that it was intended to service?
Note the word "proposal" .. also, "loss of 430 parking spaces" . They will be the ones created due to LOSS OF A BUS STATION. Question, are all our car parks full to capacity at all times ? And existing "leisure facilities" ?
We need a Bus Station with travel information, some seating and shelter from the weather. Encourage car owners to support our public transport services instead of clogging the roads (one person to a car so often) Seems
DBC are obsessed with parking and tinkering with traffic flow .Costly tweaking not improvements !
[quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Has the land for the proposed cinema development actually been sold yet or are we likely to end up with a car park and no leisure facilities that it was intended to service?[/p][/quote]Note the word "proposal" .. also, "loss of 430 parking spaces" . They will be the ones created due to LOSS OF A BUS STATION. Question, are all our car parks full to capacity at all times ? And existing "leisure facilities" ? We need a Bus Station with travel information, some seating and shelter from the weather. Encourage car owners to support our public transport services instead of clogging the roads (one person to a car so often) Seems DBC are obsessed with parking and tinkering with traffic flow .Costly tweaking not improvements ! Awake-in-Darlo

7:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

hogworth says...

To employed taxpayer etc, You don't need a dartboard, use the back of the toilet door.
To employed taxpayer etc, You don't need a dartboard, use the back of the toilet door. hogworth

10:18pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Railway worker says...

I think someone's getting a big chunk of that in there back pocket
I think someone's getting a big chunk of that in there back pocket Railway worker

7:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

doddy2010 says...

Just what the town needs - another giant, red brick monstrosity.
Car parks = cash registers for the council - that's why we have more car parks than shops.
Bus stations wouldn't provide the same amount of revenue, so we will never get one (again).
Just what the town needs - another giant, red brick monstrosity. Car parks = cash registers for the council - that's why we have more car parks than shops. Bus stations wouldn't provide the same amount of revenue, so we will never get one (again). doddy2010

2:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Luther95 says...

As I recall, the old bus station fell into disuse when the bus companies refused to use it for town services, preferring to use town centre on-street stops instead.

As Arriva have always made it clear they like the present arrangements, a new bus station would simply be a white elephant - a bus station with no buses!

With more people coming to town to work, and for the new cinema/restaurant/ho
tel complex, the town will certainly need more car parking spaces, however.
As I recall, the old bus station fell into disuse when the bus companies refused to use it for town services, preferring to use town centre on-street stops instead. As Arriva have always made it clear they like the present arrangements, a new bus station would simply be a white elephant - a bus station with no buses! With more people coming to town to work, and for the new cinema/restaurant/ho tel complex, the town will certainly need more car parking spaces, however. Luther95

4:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

Is it just me that wants to slap that ugly tosser Dixon everytime I see his mug shot.
Is it just me that wants to slap that ugly tosser Dixon everytime I see his mug shot. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

10:21am Mon 16 Dec 13

harry2 says...

thetruththewholetrut
handnothingbutthetru
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wrote:
Is it just me that wants to slap that ugly tosser Dixon everytime I see his mug shot.
No
[quote][p][bold]thetruththewholetrut handnothingbutthetru th[/bold] wrote: Is it just me that wants to slap that ugly tosser Dixon everytime I see his mug shot.[/p][/quote]No harry2

10:25am Mon 16 Dec 13

harry2 says...

The present car parks are never full why do we need another one, all I remember of the old. Us station was the buses used to go change drivers occasionally or if something was wrong.

They should just leave things as they are and not go loaning money ñ when they are cutting all services .
The present car parks are never full why do we need another one, all I remember of the old. Us station was the buses used to go change drivers occasionally or if something was wrong. They should just leave things as they are and not go loaning money ñ when they are cutting all services . harry2

5:39pm Mon 23 Dec 13

settheworldonfire says...

SAME OLD SAME OLD.....All councils are up s.h.i.t. creek without a paddle....They love wasting money on hair brained ideas....Plus the land has not been sold...
SAME OLD SAME OLD.....All councils are up s.h.i.t. creek without a paddle....They love wasting money on hair brained ideas....Plus the land has not been sold... settheworldonfire

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