Work due to start on Darlington's £30m cinema and leisure development

Work due to start on Darlington's £30m cinema and leisure development

FUNDING FOUND: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development, where building work will begin this month

FUNDING FOUND: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development, where building work will begin this month

Duncan McEwan at the Feethams Leisure site in Darlington. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY (9720544)

Duncan McEwan at the Feethams Leisure site in Darlington. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY (9720521)

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WORK on a highly-anticipated £30m cinema and leisure development for Darlington is set to start in the next few weeks, The Northern Echo can reveal.

The Feethams Leisure development - featuring a multiplex cinema, a hotel and a number of national restaurant chains – is set to transform Darlington town centre and create hundreds of jobs.

After months of planning and work behind the scenes, developer Terrace Hill has announced that funding for the scheme is in place and that building work will begin before the end of the month.

The official start for the scheme has been welcomed by Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon, who said it showed that investors had confidence in the town and its economy.

Up to 150 jobs will be created at the site, with more secured in the construction phase.

A number of national chains have been attracted to the site, including Vue Cinemas, which will operate the nine-screen cinema, and Premier Inn, which will open an 80-bedroom hotel.

Popular restaurant chains, including chicken outlet Nando’s, Italian eateries Bella Italia and Prezzo, and a Greene King pub, operating under its Hungry Horse brand, will open their first branches in Darlington, while Lancashire based Chinese Buffet and Yarm’s Purple Pig will also move to the town.

A 65-week build schedule has been put in place by Terrace Hill, with Feethams Leisure set to be open to the public by Christmas next year.

Terrace Hill is working with the council to arrange access to the former bus station site but Duncan McEwan, director of development at Terrace Hill said he does not forsee any major disruption for the public.

Funding for the £30m scheme had been expected to come from outside investors but a merger between Terrace Hill and fellow developer Urban and Civic this summer raised £120m on the Stock Exchange.

That windfall means Terrace Hill will now build, finance and retain the development for its portfolio instead of handing it over to investors.

Duncan McEwan, development director of Terrace Hill, said: “We are looking forward to getting it started, it has been a long time coming.

“The work behind the scenes for these things always takes quite a long time, especially as there have been a number of changes for our company.

“This is a great addition for Darlington and positive news for everybody.”

Coun Dixon said the news was fantastic for the town and that the development would complement the offer already available in the town centre.

He added: “It shows that the professional investors have got huge faith in Darlington and will invest millions of pounds in the town.

“The jobs that will be created in the leisure industry are great news and will provide a great counterpoint to the hi-tech jobs in the science sector that we’ve recently attracted to the town. It’s important to achieve that balance.”

- See Jobs&Business tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) for an in-depth feature on the team behind the Feetham’s Leisure development.

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7:14am Tue 2 Sep 14

Darloresident says...

Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't .
I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.
Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't . I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place. Darloresident
  • Score: -15

10:03am Tue 2 Sep 14

markdarlo says...

Darloresident wrote:
Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't .
I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.
It has rumbled on for 3 years because that's when it was announced it was gonna happen. It doesn't just go through planning etc at a click of a finger. Planning was only granted in December. Misery guts! Great that it's finally happening! Great asset.
[quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't . I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.[/p][/quote]It has rumbled on for 3 years because that's when it was announced it was gonna happen. It doesn't just go through planning etc at a click of a finger. Planning was only granted in December. Misery guts! Great that it's finally happening! Great asset. markdarlo
  • Score: 50

10:35am Tue 2 Sep 14

Jaga says...

markdarlo wrote:
Darloresident wrote:
Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't .
I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.
It has rumbled on for 3 years because that's when it was announced it was gonna happen. It doesn't just go through planning etc at a click of a finger. Planning was only granted in December. Misery guts! Great that it's finally happening! Great asset.
It is indeed good news for the town. However planning can be at the click of a finger when Bungalow Bill wants. How quick was it for the office block by the Town Hall?
[quote][p][bold]markdarlo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't . I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.[/p][/quote]It has rumbled on for 3 years because that's when it was announced it was gonna happen. It doesn't just go through planning etc at a click of a finger. Planning was only granted in December. Misery guts! Great that it's finally happening! Great asset.[/p][/quote]It is indeed good news for the town. However planning can be at the click of a finger when Bungalow Bill wants. How quick was it for the office block by the Town Hall? Jaga
  • Score: 6

11:24am Tue 2 Sep 14

miketually says...

Presumably the developers didn't put in the planning until they'd got funding?

This is great news for the town; looking forward to not having to go through to Teesside Park or Middlesbrough to go to a reasonable cinema.
Presumably the developers didn't put in the planning until they'd got funding? This is great news for the town; looking forward to not having to go through to Teesside Park or Middlesbrough to go to a reasonable cinema. miketually
  • Score: 36

12:28pm Tue 2 Sep 14

MST1975 says...

great news, one question however, where will everyone park until this is completed, and the ,multi storey is built? Surely you would build the multi storey first?
great news, one question however, where will everyone park until this is completed, and the ,multi storey is built? Surely you would build the multi storey first? MST1975
  • Score: 7

12:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cholmes005 says...

great news about time darlington had things it should have had years ago like multiplex cinema, nandos etc. These new pubs will hopefully enhance the towns fadeing nightlife too. One point the hungry horse will not be first in Darlington, The town already has one near asda (Harrogate hill)
great news about time darlington had things it should have had years ago like multiplex cinema, nandos etc. These new pubs will hopefully enhance the towns fadeing nightlife too. One point the hungry horse will not be first in Darlington, The town already has one near asda (Harrogate hill) cholmes005
  • Score: 12

1:09pm Tue 2 Sep 14

hogworth says...

Great news, about time something like this happened in Darlington.
Great news, about time something like this happened in Darlington. hogworth
  • Score: 11

1:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

miketually says...

MST1975 wrote:
great news, one question however, where will everyone park until this is completed, and the ,multi storey is built? Surely you would build the multi storey first?
According to regulars on here, the town is absolutely deserted, so there should be ample parking ;)
[quote][p][bold]MST1975[/bold] wrote: great news, one question however, where will everyone park until this is completed, and the ,multi storey is built? Surely you would build the multi storey first?[/p][/quote]According to regulars on here, the town is absolutely deserted, so there should be ample parking ;) miketually
  • Score: 13

3:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Homshaw1 says...

150 new jobs has got to be good news but it is going to impact on the cinema in North Road and the businesses surrounding it.

Some thought needs to be given to the area as it is already in a poor state which is not good if the council is serious about promoting Darlington's railway heritage centred on the rail museum
150 new jobs has got to be good news but it is going to impact on the cinema in North Road and the businesses surrounding it. Some thought needs to be given to the area as it is already in a poor state which is not good if the council is serious about promoting Darlington's railway heritage centred on the rail museum Homshaw1
  • Score: 17

3:40pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Duke of Aycliffe says...

If only we could have this type of development in Newton Aycliffe, instead of the craphouse town centre full of empty premises & charity shops, good luck Darlo & enjoy.
The clowns in charge of Aycliffe will ensure that our town centre continues to be a bad joke with no amenities.
If only we could have this type of development in Newton Aycliffe, instead of the craphouse town centre full of empty premises & charity shops, good luck Darlo & enjoy. The clowns in charge of Aycliffe will ensure that our town centre continues to be a bad joke with no amenities. Duke of Aycliffe
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Tue 2 Sep 14

hipha says...

Darloresident wrote:
Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't .
I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.
I suspect that you are one of the regular doom merchants regularly posting negative comments about the town and it's council? We need positivity and optimism about Darlington and its future. I can confirm that work has started on the site as I parked in the car park today and excavations have started and men are at work with site accommodation already in place. This is a great and much needed addition to Darlington and we should acknowledge that investors have many other options available to them which means that finalising plans and securing investment requires significant time. Be thankful and proud that Terrace Hill have decided to invest in our town.
[quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: Great news... However this story has been rumbling on for over 3 years now and every 6 months or so we get the news that something is about to happen and then it doesn't . I will believe it is actually going to happen when the first foundation stone is in place.[/p][/quote]I suspect that you are one of the regular doom merchants regularly posting negative comments about the town and it's council? We need positivity and optimism about Darlington and its future. I can confirm that work has started on the site as I parked in the car park today and excavations have started and men are at work with site accommodation already in place. This is a great and much needed addition to Darlington and we should acknowledge that investors have many other options available to them which means that finalising plans and securing investment requires significant time. Be thankful and proud that Terrace Hill have decided to invest in our town. hipha
  • Score: 10

4:36pm Tue 2 Sep 14

miketually says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
150 new jobs has got to be good news but it is going to impact on the cinema in North Road and the businesses surrounding it.

Some thought needs to be given to the area as it is already in a poor state which is not good if the council is serious about promoting Darlington's railway heritage centred on the rail museum
Hopefully, it'll have minimal impact on the North Road cinema, because so few people use it anyway and most travel through to Showcase or Cineworld. I'm not sure how cinemas work, if they're franchises or a chain, but both are Odeon so hopefully the employees can transfer over.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: 150 new jobs has got to be good news but it is going to impact on the cinema in North Road and the businesses surrounding it. Some thought needs to be given to the area as it is already in a poor state which is not good if the council is serious about promoting Darlington's railway heritage centred on the rail museum[/p][/quote]Hopefully, it'll have minimal impact on the North Road cinema, because so few people use it anyway and most travel through to Showcase or Cineworld. I'm not sure how cinemas work, if they're franchises or a chain, but both are Odeon so hopefully the employees can transfer over. miketually
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

LUSTARD says...

Duke of Aycliffe wrote:
If only we could have this type of development in Newton Aycliffe, instead of the craphouse town centre full of empty premises & charity shops, good luck Darlo & enjoy.
The clowns in charge of Aycliffe will ensure that our town centre continues to be a bad joke with no amenities.
sorry to enlighten you but aycliffe has allways been a joke, and when this project is up and running your gonna die laughing at the prices.
[quote][p][bold]Duke of Aycliffe[/bold] wrote: If only we could have this type of development in Newton Aycliffe, instead of the craphouse town centre full of empty premises & charity shops, good luck Darlo & enjoy. The clowns in charge of Aycliffe will ensure that our town centre continues to be a bad joke with no amenities.[/p][/quote]sorry to enlighten you but aycliffe has allways been a joke, and when this project is up and running your gonna die laughing at the prices. LUSTARD
  • Score: -7

7:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

deneside1 says...

Good news for darlo anyone have any idea what's happening with the cinema at bishop it seems to have gone very quiet again
Good news for darlo anyone have any idea what's happening with the cinema at bishop it seems to have gone very quiet again deneside1
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Tue 2 Sep 14

dpb0612 says...

Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it!
How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town.
The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored!
So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers!
Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous!
Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this! dpb0612
  • Score: -1

8:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

thevoiceofthevoiceless says...

dpb0612 wrote:
Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it!
How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town.
The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored!
So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers!
Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous!
Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
Get a grip, great news for the town
[quote][p][bold]dpb0612[/bold] wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this![/p][/quote]Get a grip, great news for the town thevoiceofthevoiceless
  • Score: 7

9:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

English lad says...

And the people of darlington still wait in all weather at the side of the dolphin for a bus!!!
And the people of darlington still wait in all weather at the side of the dolphin for a bus!!! English lad
  • Score: 16

10:26pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

dpb0612 wrote:
Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it!
How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town.
The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored!
So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers!
Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous!
Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?
[quote][p][bold]dpb0612[/bold] wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this![/p][/quote]150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame? Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 4

12:22am Wed 3 Sep 14

wawawa84 says...

Awake in darlo are you a Burke ? Well I apologise it annoys me comments like yours your droned on n wat you written is a load of crap , tourist info is we're it always been next to cafe that used to be tymcgurks, railway museum on north road , brick train on bypass what more you want ? I agree no toilets that is stupid , I read earlier comments were people going to park , well how bout use the car park opposite sports direct that's never full there's 2 car parks just off Gladstone street that are empty all within the same distance from town centre as the car park were cinema is going to be , I do agree the council need to get off there fat **** n get a multi story built tho on the car park behind dolphin centre , or how about more people use the public transport n the bus companies n council might try n build a much needed bus station , yes Darlington isn't a small market town anymore really were a large town there is a market nut for me as a 30 year old think there is nothing but over priced tat when there is one, but if I'm honest I do use n shop in indoor market walked past the bit opposite high row and it looked amazing , yes there is empty stalls empty shops but every town centre the same ,

The extra business brought into town from cinema will be amazing the restaurants that's comming are in m,boro or yarm so won't really affect any others in town but there the 150 jobs will be great , unfortunately yes the odeon may have to close, but this new development will stop people from this town from spending money in m,boro and Teesside park as we now have the cinema n restaurants to match n I personally think more shops will follow because of this ,
Awake in darlo are you a Burke ? Well I apologise it annoys me comments like yours your droned on n wat you written is a load of crap , tourist info is we're it always been next to cafe that used to be tymcgurks, railway museum on north road , brick train on bypass what more you want ? I agree no toilets that is stupid , I read earlier comments were people going to park , well how bout use the car park opposite sports direct that's never full there's 2 car parks just off Gladstone street that are empty all within the same distance from town centre as the car park were cinema is going to be , I do agree the council need to get off there fat **** n get a multi story built tho on the car park behind dolphin centre , or how about more people use the public transport n the bus companies n council might try n build a much needed bus station , yes Darlington isn't a small market town anymore really were a large town there is a market nut for me as a 30 year old think there is nothing but over priced tat when there is one, but if I'm honest I do use n shop in indoor market walked past the bit opposite high row and it looked amazing , yes there is empty stalls empty shops but every town centre the same , The extra business brought into town from cinema will be amazing the restaurants that's comming are in m,boro or yarm so won't really affect any others in town but there the 150 jobs will be great , unfortunately yes the odeon may have to close, but this new development will stop people from this town from spending money in m,boro and Teesside park as we now have the cinema n restaurants to match n I personally think more shops will follow because of this , wawawa84
  • Score: 3

6:54am Wed 3 Sep 14

stupid73 says...

Awake-in-Darlo wrote:
dpb0612 wrote:
Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it!
How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town.
The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored!
So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers!
Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous!
Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?
The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase??

There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked.

Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!!

Some people just like to moan.
[quote][p][bold]Awake-in-Darlo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dpb0612[/bold] wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this![/p][/quote]150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?[/p][/quote]The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase?? There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked. Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!! Some people just like to moan. stupid73
  • Score: 18

9:12am Wed 3 Sep 14

markdarlo says...

stupid73 wrote:
Awake-in-Darlo wrote:
dpb0612 wrote:
Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it!
How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town.
The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored!
So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers!
Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous!
Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?
The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase??

There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked.

Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!!

Some people just like to moan.
Here here. Some people ain't happy if they ain't moaning especially if the council is mentioned. Like you say it has nothing to do with the council. The people that moan about them are usually the ones that vote them in year after year or they didn't vote at all, which then they don't really have a say. Use your vote properly or keep quiet. It should be made law that everyone has to vote, then maybe we will get a representation of the council/ government the people actually want! Bit off track but had to be said!
[quote][p][bold]stupid73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Awake-in-Darlo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dpb0612[/bold] wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this![/p][/quote]150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?[/p][/quote]The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase?? There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked. Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!! Some people just like to moan.[/p][/quote]Here here. Some people ain't happy if they ain't moaning especially if the council is mentioned. Like you say it has nothing to do with the council. The people that moan about them are usually the ones that vote them in year after year or they didn't vote at all, which then they don't really have a say. Use your vote properly or keep quiet. It should be made law that everyone has to vote, then maybe we will get a representation of the council/ government the people actually want! Bit off track but had to be said! markdarlo
  • Score: 10

9:13am Wed 3 Sep 14

The Love Slug says...

wawawa84 wrote:
Awake in darlo are you a Burke ? Well I apologise it annoys me comments like yours your droned on n wat you written is a load of crap , tourist info is we're it always been next to cafe that used to be tymcgurks, railway museum on north road , brick train on bypass what more you want ? I agree no toilets that is stupid , I read earlier comments were people going to park , well how bout use the car park opposite sports direct that's never full there's 2 car parks just off Gladstone street that are empty all within the same distance from town centre as the car park were cinema is going to be , I do agree the council need to get off there fat **** n get a multi story built tho on the car park behind dolphin centre , or how about more people use the public transport n the bus companies n council might try n build a much needed bus station , yes Darlington isn't a small market town anymore really were a large town there is a market nut for me as a 30 year old think there is nothing but over priced tat when there is one, but if I'm honest I do use n shop in indoor market walked past the bit opposite high row and it looked amazing , yes there is empty stalls empty shops but every town centre the same ,

The extra business brought into town from cinema will be amazing the restaurants that's comming are in m,boro or yarm so won't really affect any others in town but there the 150 jobs will be great , unfortunately yes the odeon may have to close, but this new development will stop people from this town from spending money in m,boro and Teesside park as we now have the cinema n restaurants to match n I personally think more shops will follow because of this ,
spoken like a true, clueless woman
[quote][p][bold]wawawa84[/bold] wrote: Awake in darlo are you a Burke ? Well I apologise it annoys me comments like yours your droned on n wat you written is a load of crap , tourist info is we're it always been next to cafe that used to be tymcgurks, railway museum on north road , brick train on bypass what more you want ? I agree no toilets that is stupid , I read earlier comments were people going to park , well how bout use the car park opposite sports direct that's never full there's 2 car parks just off Gladstone street that are empty all within the same distance from town centre as the car park were cinema is going to be , I do agree the council need to get off there fat **** n get a multi story built tho on the car park behind dolphin centre , or how about more people use the public transport n the bus companies n council might try n build a much needed bus station , yes Darlington isn't a small market town anymore really were a large town there is a market nut for me as a 30 year old think there is nothing but over priced tat when there is one, but if I'm honest I do use n shop in indoor market walked past the bit opposite high row and it looked amazing , yes there is empty stalls empty shops but every town centre the same , The extra business brought into town from cinema will be amazing the restaurants that's comming are in m,boro or yarm so won't really affect any others in town but there the 150 jobs will be great , unfortunately yes the odeon may have to close, but this new development will stop people from this town from spending money in m,boro and Teesside park as we now have the cinema n restaurants to match n I personally think more shops will follow because of this ,[/p][/quote]spoken like a true, clueless woman The Love Slug
  • Score: -4

9:41am Wed 3 Sep 14

studio says...

markdarlo wrote:
stupid73 wrote:
Awake-in-Darlo wrote:
dpb0612 wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this!
150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?
The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase?? There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked. Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!! Some people just like to moan.
Here here. Some people ain't happy if they ain't moaning especially if the council is mentioned. Like you say it has nothing to do with the council. The people that moan about them are usually the ones that vote them in year after year or they didn't vote at all, which then they don't really have a say. Use your vote properly or keep quiet. It should be made law that everyone has to vote, then maybe we will get a representation of the council/ government the people actually want! Bit off track but had to be said!
Agree with you both totally. some people are never happy!

Nice to read your comment wawawa84..... One question, are you 7 year old??
[quote][p][bold]markdarlo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stupid73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Awake-in-Darlo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dpb0612[/bold] wrote: Looks great, but as others have commented I will believe when I see it! How about this alternative though? Invest this money instead in the already established town centre which is in an absolute sorry state! I have lived here 34yrs and never have I loathed stepping foot into town. The traffic management system is none existent, it's been terrible for years! Parking is a joke, and the choice of retail in town is limited! Half an hour and I am bored! So how about focusing on encouraging businesses back into town, filling the empty shops, kicking out the mobile phone/charity shops for decent retailers! Yes this new development maybe encouraging new businesses but this will take away business from other shops struggling at the moment, worsen the traffic system and make parking even more ridiculous! Darlington Borough Council are clueless and ruined this town, and really look forward to our taxes steadily rise over the next few years to pay for this![/p][/quote]150 jobs ? These will replace jobs lost in other parts of the town . If it ever does get built. But why not celebrate WHAT WE HAVE and enhance the town we love, which seems to be suffering from loss of identity in recent years. Big fancy buildings but no Bus Station, or facilities like toilets and Tourist Info . Shameful for a market town (soon be no market either?) the size of Darlington. The place has or had character and history, e.g.railways but who would know it? Who is to blame?[/p][/quote]The council aren't paying for this you prat. Its private finance. This has nothing to do with the council. Why would an outside developer pay to improve the town centre? Why will our taxes increase?? There is nothing too much wrong with Darlington Town centre, and there is plenty of parking - I have NEVER had a problem getting parked. Why will this take business away from shops, it will entice people into the town - Better than an out of town development!!! Some people just like to moan.[/p][/quote]Here here. Some people ain't happy if they ain't moaning especially if the council is mentioned. Like you say it has nothing to do with the council. The people that moan about them are usually the ones that vote them in year after year or they didn't vote at all, which then they don't really have a say. Use your vote properly or keep quiet. It should be made law that everyone has to vote, then maybe we will get a representation of the council/ government the people actually want! Bit off track but had to be said![/p][/quote]Agree with you both totally. some people are never happy! Nice to read your comment wawawa84..... One question, are you 7 year old?? studio
  • Score: 4

1:43pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Oddbod Soz says...

I hope North Road doesn't turn into a ghost town after the cinema disappears. I love that cinema and especially screen 1, much more atmospheric than the bland Showcase and M'bro offerings. Also surely a lot of the restaurants there benefit from the cinema? It's pretty much in walking distance from most areas of the town. Hopefully the Odeon staff will be relocated.
I hope North Road doesn't turn into a ghost town after the cinema disappears. I love that cinema and especially screen 1, much more atmospheric than the bland Showcase and M'bro offerings. Also surely a lot of the restaurants there benefit from the cinema? It's pretty much in walking distance from most areas of the town. Hopefully the Odeon staff will be relocated. Oddbod Soz
  • Score: 3

2:13pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Homshaw1 says...

Any new developments needs to be on brown field site. We don't want new developments concentrated in one part of town and empty neglected buildings in other areas.

Parts of North Road need a bulldozer and a proper development plan
Any new developments needs to be on brown field site. We don't want new developments concentrated in one part of town and empty neglected buildings in other areas. Parts of North Road need a bulldozer and a proper development plan Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

4:47pm Wed 3 Sep 14

delboy1977 says...

Another complete waste of money in an already dead town !!
Another complete waste of money in an already dead town !! delboy1977
  • Score: -7

8:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Railway worker says...

Hope it's going to have good security when the travellers start turning up causing a rumble like they already do in the town centre. This town is dead I will always go to Newcastle or Middlesbrough to see a film with free parking than park in Darlington and give more money to this council
Hope it's going to have good security when the travellers start turning up causing a rumble like they already do in the town centre. This town is dead I will always go to Newcastle or Middlesbrough to see a film with free parking than park in Darlington and give more money to this council Railway worker
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Wed 3 Sep 14

miketually says...

Railway worker wrote:
Hope it's going to have good security when the travellers start turning up causing a rumble like they already do in the town centre. This town is dead I will always go to Newcastle or Middlesbrough to see a film with free parking than park in Darlington and give more money to this council
Do you only go to the cinema before 6pm?
[quote][p][bold]Railway worker[/bold] wrote: Hope it's going to have good security when the travellers start turning up causing a rumble like they already do in the town centre. This town is dead I will always go to Newcastle or Middlesbrough to see a film with free parking than park in Darlington and give more money to this council[/p][/quote]Do you only go to the cinema before 6pm? miketually
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Thu 4 Sep 14

darloboss says...

miketually as alway the council spokesman get a life and grow a set
miketually as alway the council spokesman get a life and grow a set darloboss
  • Score: -4

9:53am Sat 6 Sep 14

A ALL WEATHER WORKER says...

Great news for Darlington what people need to remember also its not just creating 150 jobs once completed but also helping local businesses in the supply chain while its getting built which can only be a good thing cant it?
Great news for Darlington what people need to remember also its not just creating 150 jobs once completed but also helping local businesses in the supply chain while its getting built which can only be a good thing cant it? A ALL WEATHER WORKER
  • Score: 6

12:39pm Sat 6 Sep 14

g10001 says...

Good news for Darlington - but as well as these large projects isn't it about time the council got down to basics and provide essential amenities for the town.

They have to play party politics by shutting the only public toilets in the town and pretending they cant afford to open them because of the government cuts but they spend 1.7m on wheelie bins and seem to be awash with money building on bank top - the new offices behind the town- the new road system - buying building around the civic ,bonuses for DBC executive staff etc

Take for instance the Dolphin centre - this was built with a large car park at the front which I believe would have to be provided to obtain planning permission - now they block it off and leave it empty and wont let anyone park there - where is the sense in that ?

Its not rocket science - remember the town councils used to be run by businessmen from the town in their spare time for the good of the town and for expenses only and they made a far better job and cared more for the people of the town they served.

What they should be doing is providing basic facilities - building a bus station - re-opening the market toilets -relaxing parking restrictions for the existing shop - gulley cleaning etc - all basic facilities that a town like Darlington needs.
Good news for Darlington - but as well as these large projects isn't it about time the council got down to basics and provide essential amenities for the town. They have to play party politics by shutting the only public toilets in the town and pretending they cant afford to open them because of the government cuts but they spend 1.7m on wheelie bins and seem to be awash with money building on bank top - the new offices behind the town- the new road system - buying building around the civic ,bonuses for DBC executive staff etc Take for instance the Dolphin centre - this was built with a large car park at the front which I believe would have to be provided to obtain planning permission - now they block it off and leave it empty and wont let anyone park there - where is the sense in that ? Its not rocket science - remember the town councils used to be run by businessmen from the town in their spare time for the good of the town and for expenses only and they made a far better job and cared more for the people of the town they served. What they should be doing is providing basic facilities - building a bus station - re-opening the market toilets -relaxing parking restrictions for the existing shop - gulley cleaning etc - all basic facilities that a town like Darlington needs. g10001
  • Score: 3

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