New road to be named after former Darlington council leader John Williams

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A ROAD in a multi-million pound development is to be named after a long-serving former council leader who died last year following a long battle with cancer.

John Williams Boulevard will be the main spine road in the Central Park development in Darlington.

Former Darlington Borough Council leader Mr Williams, who died last year, set the ball rolling on Central Park before his retirement from the council.

Councillor Bill Dixon, who replaced Mr Williams as leader, announced the tribute at a meeting of the full council on Thursday (March 20) evening.

He said: "When John died, we agreed that we would look for some kind of memorial.

"I am delighted that, with his family's agreement and to the glee of his grandchildren, it has been agreed that the main road in Central Park will be called John Williams Boulevard."

The road will include a plaque detailing Mr Williams' achievements and is expected to be unveiled next month.

Its announcement was welcomed by the opposing Conservative group leader, Councillor Heather Scott.

She said: "Whatever our political differences were, John Williams led this council for a long period of time.

"We have always tried to recognise those who give long service to the town, so I am sure we would support this."

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7:12am Fri 21 Mar 14

Darloresident says...

Judging his track record the best that our current council leader Bill Dixon can hope for is the rubbish recycling dump on Whessoe Road named after him..
Judging his track record the best that our current council leader Bill Dixon can hope for is the rubbish recycling dump on Whessoe Road named after him.. Darloresident
  • Score: 9

9:12am Fri 21 Mar 14

thehogman says...

Not sure I agree with naming any streets / roads after any council members, I an sure John made a great contribution to the town, however it was his job to do just that and he was no doubt paid well for it. Should decisions like this go to the townsfolk of the town; I am sure there are many favorable naming options on offer from members of the public
Not sure I agree with naming any streets / roads after any council members, I an sure John made a great contribution to the town, however it was his job to do just that and he was no doubt paid well for it. Should decisions like this go to the townsfolk of the town; I am sure there are many favorable naming options on offer from members of the public thehogman
  • Score: 7

10:01am Fri 21 Mar 14

Tim Mitchell says...

Maybe you should research what my uncle John did for Darlington before passing such comments.
Maybe you should research what my uncle John did for Darlington before passing such comments. Tim Mitchell
  • Score: -2

12:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

ianh says...

I met with Cllr Williams many times regarding a number of issues.
It is true to say that we disagreed on most of them!

However i never doubted his conviction in trying to make Darlington a better place in which to live and work.

I therefore applaud this decision to name a road after him and it was good to hear the tories supporting this decision.

When people do their best for their community they should be recognised, regardless of political motivation.
I met with Cllr Williams many times regarding a number of issues. It is true to say that we disagreed on most of them! However i never doubted his conviction in trying to make Darlington a better place in which to live and work. I therefore applaud this decision to name a road after him and it was good to hear the tories supporting this decision. When people do their best for their community they should be recognised, regardless of political motivation. ianh
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loan_star says...

Tim Mitchell wrote:
Maybe you should research what my uncle John did for Darlington before passing such comments.
I dont think anyone was actually criticising the work Williams put in for the town, both good or bad, after all not everyone gets everything right. The only one who seems to be getting criticised is the current numpty at the top Dixon. I have no problem with a road being named after him, a statue on the other hand (like Pease) would have been different!
[quote][p][bold]Tim Mitchell[/bold] wrote: Maybe you should research what my uncle John did for Darlington before passing such comments.[/p][/quote]I dont think anyone was actually criticising the work Williams put in for the town, both good or bad, after all not everyone gets everything right. The only one who seems to be getting criticised is the current numpty at the top Dixon. I have no problem with a road being named after him, a statue on the other hand (like Pease) would have been different! loan_star
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

This won't seem like such a good idea when the road in question has fallen into disrepair, has speed bumps built all over it and is covered in pot holes. Nobody would want something like that naming after them
This won't seem like such a good idea when the road in question has fallen into disrepair, has speed bumps built all over it and is covered in pot holes. Nobody would want something like that naming after them thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

gary123 says...

thehogman wrote:
Not sure I agree with naming any streets / roads after any council members, I an sure John made a great contribution to the town, however it was his job to do just that and he was no doubt paid well for it. Should decisions like this go to the townsfolk of the town; I am sure there are many favorable naming options on offer from members of the public
Guess you don't know our town very well then. Do you know how many are named after councillors? John was a decent man, regardless of his politics, who did lots for his local area, as well as Darlington.
[quote][p][bold]thehogman[/bold] wrote: Not sure I agree with naming any streets / roads after any council members, I an sure John made a great contribution to the town, however it was his job to do just that and he was no doubt paid well for it. Should decisions like this go to the townsfolk of the town; I am sure there are many favorable naming options on offer from members of the public[/p][/quote]Guess you don't know our town very well then. Do you know how many are named after councillors? John was a decent man, regardless of his politics, who did lots for his local area, as well as Darlington. gary123
  • Score: -3

6:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Sanctimonious self ingratiating trough feeders, Councillors that is!!
Sanctimonious self ingratiating trough feeders, Councillors that is!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 5

12:17am Sun 23 Mar 14

PJWilliams says...

A quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

My dad dared greatly, threw himself into the arena and let others stand by and judge. And that is why he will be remembered. And admired. And missed.

From a proud son.
A quote from Theodore Roosevelt: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." My dad dared greatly, threw himself into the arena and let others stand by and judge. And that is why he will be remembered. And admired. And missed. From a proud son. PJWilliams
  • Score: 5

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