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  • "I agree with much that Phil Thornberry says but also:-
    The empty units in Darlington town centre would be better let at a peppercorn rent to new small businesses/ craft makers/ artists/ charities (but not, please, for more charity shops) or turned into homes. It’s better than letting them become increasingly derelict.
    The indoor market is in a lovely building but could be refurbished with a better mix of stalls - can we use the old indoor market in Leeds as a role model? Darlington outside market has gone downhill over the years – now it seems to be mainly cheap clothes and tat – the Northallerton or Stockton markets are really good and popular. It was a shame the Darlington Farmers Market really didn’t work out - thank goodness for the one at Barnard Castle.
    We go into Darlington town centre about once or twice a month in an evening; generally for a meal, on the way to the theatre/ Forum or to drink real ale. If we want to watch a film we’d go to The Station In Richmond or Teesside Park - the Station is much more than just a cinema. We might replace visits to Teesside Park with the new cinema development but I’d rather support the independent companies than the huge wealthy international brands.
    I rarely shop in Darlington because car parking is expensive and internet shopping is so easy. I prefer Middlesbrough where I can park in the centre for free for 2 or 3 hours. An internet collection services in Darlington town centre would be pointless because of the car parking – it isn’t a free collection service when parking my car costs £1.00 – or there is no car parking and I have to queue for 20 minutes to get my parcel like at the Post Office.
    I would shop more in Darlington if there was free car parking in the centre. In the evening I’d like to see more arts and other events in the town – perhaps we could have an Art Centre like in Stockton? (Oh, I forgot the Council shut it down……….)."
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Your say on the future of Darlington Town Centre

The Darlington Debate: Have your say on the future of Darlington Town Centre

The Darlington Debate: Have your say on the future of Darlington Town Centre

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

ON Thursday evening representatives of more than 60 businesses and retail outlets based in the centre of Darlington will gather to discuss the future of the town and what it offers to the public.

The Darlington town centre conference, organised by Darlington Borough Council and Distinct Darlington, will focus on a regeneration strategy for the town and what can be done to help the centre thrive.

Business owners will be asked for their views on a number of topics –planning policy, specifically around empty units; how retailers can use the internet to their benefit; the potential impact of major developments planned for Darlington and the future of the indoor and outdoor markets.

Ahead of the conference The Northern Echo wants to hear from our readers what they think about the future of Darlington and how it can grow and develop in the next 20 years.

Give your thoughts on any of the following issues by adding your comments to this article:

• What would you like to see happen to the empty units in Darlington town centre? Would you welcome residential units in place of empty shops and office blocks? What leisure, retail or business opportunities do you think are missing in Darlington?

• Do you use Darlington’s markets – indoor and outdoor? Are the markets held in the right place in the town centre and do they offer the right mix of goods and services? How could the indoor market building be developed for the modern shopper?

• How often do you visit Darlington town centre on an evening? What brings you to the town centre or keeps you away at night? Do you think the new cinema and leisure development planned for the Feethams car park will make you more likely to visit? What is a priority for you – cafes and restaurants, bars and pubs, shops or leisure facilities? Would you like to see more entertainment events in the town centre?

• Has the internet led to you shopping less in Darlington town centre? Would you use collection services in the town centre for online shopping? Does online promotion of Darlington town centre on social networks encourage you to visit the town centre?

We will publish some of the best ideas and arguments alongside our coverage of the conference, which will take place on Thursday, March 27, between 5pm and 8pm, at Central Hall, in the town centre.

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