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Darlington Council strongly objects to Scotch Corner designer complex

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER NAMES: An artist's impression of the designer complex at Scotch Corner

6:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON councillors have objected to a proposed designer complex at Scotch Corner, fearing it would damage town centre trade.

Darlington councillors object to Sedgefield windfarm proposals

The Northern Echo: WINDFARM LANDSCAPE: Councillors were warned over the cumulative impact of separate wind turbine sites being approved

6:36pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON Council has lodged its objection to proposals for a 24-turbine windfarm near Sedgefield.

One-way traffic proposal considered for Darlington shopping street

The Northern Echo: STREET IMPROVEMENT: Duke Street in Darlington. Picture: TOM BANKS

12:06pm Saturday 11th October 2014

A ONE-way system is among the changes that could be made to Darlington’s Duke Street following a series of meetings between traders and councillors.

Plans revealed to improve health care in Darlington by increased joined up working between the NHS and the council

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

11:10am Saturday 11th October 2014

PLANS to deliver better care to Darlington residents have been revealed in a joint council and NHS initiative.

Students will help return Darlington Civic Theatre to former glory thanks to £5m lottery grant

The Northern Echo: CIVIC JOY: Councillor Nick Wallis, theatre director Lynda Winstanley and head of Heritage Lottery Fund North-East, Ivor Crowther celebrate the news Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

STUDENTS will be given the opportunity to help return a North-East theatre back to its Edwardian glory after it was awarded £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Residents criticise decision to fell large sycamore tree in leafy Darlington street

The Northern Echo: TREE THREAT: A view of Elton Parade in Darlington where the large sycamore is to be felled    Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:25pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to fell a mature sycamore tree in a leafy Darlington street have been given the go-ahead, attracting criticism from nearby residents.

Update on Feethams cinema and office building developments prepared for councillors

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

5:23pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

AN update on development work to revitalise a neglected part of Darlington town centre will be presented to councillors next week.

Entertainment and fine dining at the Mayor's Ball

The Northern Echo: Darlington mayor Gerald Lee

4:43pm Monday 6th October 2014

THE mayor of Darlington has promised an evening full of entertainment and fine dining in the name of raising money for charity.

Darlington man urges councillors and public to come together for the good of the town

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN LOGO: Lee Addison's campaign logo

8:32am Monday 6th October 2014

A DARLINGTON man has launched a campaign in a bid to bring together councillors and residents for the good of the town he loves.

Extension for farm-based nursery

The Northern Echo: NEW BUILD: Sonny Martin, Alex Leggott and Benjy Stewart help with the construction of the extension

11:35am Friday 3rd October 2014

A FARM-BASED nursery on the outskirts of Darlington has opened a new extension which is designed to prepare children for school by creating a classroom environment.

A sea of empty spaces on day new parking regime started in Darlington

The Northern Echo: PARKING CHANGES: Darlington's East Street car park Picture: STUART BOULTON

7:18pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

CAR parking is a contentious topic in Darlington.

Council's pledge to make improvements – if necessary – after employee jailed for theft

The Northern Echo: AUDIT PLEDGE: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns

2:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

A COUNCIL chief executive has pledged to make any necessary improvements to auditing procedures, after an employee was jailed for equipment theft worth almost £80,000.

Council defends its auditing processes after former worker stole £78,000 of equipment

The Northern Echo: COURT CASE: Phillip Gaskin arriving at Teesside Crown Court. He stole thousands of pounds worth of plumbing equipment from Darlington Borough Council

6:04am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A COUNCIL has defended its accounting procedures after a former employee told a court he was able steal thousands of pounds of equipment because there was no auditing of his department.

Bungalow plans passed despite residents' flooding fears

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

3:49pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PLANS to build a dormer bungalow on a patch of land on the outskirts of a village estate have been passed by councillors despite the concerns of local residents.

Council to debate parking changes in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CRUNCH MEETINGS: Darlington Town Hall

3:10pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PLANNED changes to parking arrangements in a North-East town centre will be on the agenda at two council meetings.

Darlington council worker jailed for stealing plumbing gear

The Northern Echo:

3:27pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A TRUSTED council worker stole equipment worth £78,000 to sell on eBay to pay for his gambling habit and spiralling mortgage, a court was told.

Council resubmits plans to build on much-loved beauty spot

The Northern Echo: Members of  The Friends of Cocker Beck, who are against plans to develop the land for housing

9:17am Sunday 21st September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to redouble their efforts to fight a contentious development, as a local authority re-submits plans to build on green space.

Volunteers sought to help Darlington's vulnerable adults and children

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Darlington safeguarding board is appealing for volunteers to help vulnerable adults and children

4:31pm Saturday 20th September 2014

VOLUNTEERS are being recruited to help secure the welfare of vulnerable people in Darlington.

Plans for over 55s flats raise objections from local people

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

11:25am Friday 19th September 2014

PLANS for a residential development aimed at the over-55s have been recommended for approval by council officials, despite attracting a large number of complaints from people living nearby.

Car parking charges to be slashed in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CAR parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to “get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay”.

Town centre violence drops in Darlington but alcohol harm continues to cost millions

The Northern Echo: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

3:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE ill-effects of alcohol are costing Darlington’s local economy more than £43m a year, a senior police officer has warned councillors.

Get set to move more as Healthy Darlington scheme on the horizon

The Northern Echo: HEALTH HUB: Mike Crawshaw, head of leisure for Darlington Borough Council

12:40pm Saturday 6th September 2014

VISITORS to Darlington's main leisure centre will notice a raft of changes in the coming weeks, where a one-stop health hub is being created.

Vote continues for Darlington in Bloom with new library booth

The Northern Echo: THE VOTES ARE IN: Darlington in Bloom votes can be cast in Crown Street Library as well as through Facebook.  Senior library officer Vicky Emmerson pictured with ballot box and pictures of the entrants  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:51pm Friday 5th September 2014

VOTING for the revitalised Darlington in Bloom competition will continue this week with the addition of a new voting booth for those without internet access.

Council praised for supporting alcohol-free initiative

6:26pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A NORTH East council has been recognised for its efforts to encourage residents to drink more sensibly.

Councillors call for "radical and brave re-examination" of Darlington's markets

The Northern Echo:

3:30pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A SPECIAL task group set up to investigate the future of Darlington’s markets has concluded that capital investment is vital to prevent further decline of the indoor market and its heritage.

Youth activity providers asked to contribute to information database

The Northern Echo: GET ACTIVE: Youth activity providers asked to contribute to information database

12:35pm Thursday 4th September 2014

YOUTH activity providers in Darlington have been urged to contribute to a database showing exactly what young people can access in the town.

Voting opens for Darlington in Bloom online competition

The Northern Echo: FULL BLOOM: Dennis Woodcock's garden in Darlington

3:36pm Monday 1st September 2014

VOTING for the revitalised Darlington in Bloom is underway to find the town’s best outside space.

Councillors set to release £5.5m of funding for Redhall estate improvements

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

4:18pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SENIOR councillors are set to release millions of pounds of funding to improve council housing stock in the Redhall area of Darlington.

Darlington council defends temporary reopening of toilets for 10K road race

The Northern Echo: OFF AND RUNNING: Participants in the Darlington 10k last Sunday Picture: TOM YEOMAN

12:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

COUNCIL officials have defended the one-off opening of mothballed public toilets in the town centre during last weekend's Darlington 10k event.

Darlington in Bloom competition relaunched after disappointment of cancellation

The Northern Echo: FLOWER POWER: Dennis Woodstock in his garden with Darlington council's Bill Dixon Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:02am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE cancellation of an annual contest to find the best gardens in Darlington caused disappointment to many earlier this month, but a new online competition could help the town bloom once again.

'Unofficial' gypsy site should not be allowed to expand into open countryside, council officials argue

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

12:42pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

PRIVATE gypsy sites in a remote area of Darlington should not be allowed to expand into more exposed green fields, council officials have argued, despite a recognised need for more pitches in the town.

Call for the public to help tackle vandalism in Darlington's play parks

The Northern Echo: PARK ATTACK: Councillors Bob Carson, left, and Stephen Harker at the Play Dene in Darlington that is costing the council a lot in repairing attacks by vandals         Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE man responsible for looking after Darlington’s play parks has called on the public to help him tackle the ‘frustrating’ problem of repeated vandalism.

Councillors clash at Darlington planning meeting which approves log cabin scheme for vulnerable people

The Northern Echo: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

5:21pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

TENSIONS rose at a planning meeting in which a councillor described a proposed accommodation development for vulnerable youngsters as being like an “open prison”.

Christian centre celebrates first anniversary in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SUCCESS: The first anniversary for The Word of Life International Christian Centre in Darlington was celebrated on Saturday by, amongst many, from left Tracey Freeman, chief executive of Darlington charity First Stop, Pastor Emmanuel Chundula, Darl

12:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

COMMUNITY representatives gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of a Christian centre in Darlington.

Flying the flag for quality green spaces in Darlington

The Northern Echo: GREEN FLAG: Darlington's South Park (picture by Keith Rowland)

12:04am Monday 28th July 2014

DARLINGTON’S South Park and West Cemetery have retained their prestigious Green Flag Award to keep them listed among the best green spaces in the country.

Big row over Britain's smallest park as council leader criticises naming it after a "right-wing Tory"

The Northern Echo: FAIR TREATMENT: Darlington councillor Bill Dixon said staff regrades and downgrades have happened across the board at the council

12:02am Monday 28th July 2014

IN a big row over a small park, a council leader has criticised the naming of a plot of land after a “right wing Tory”.

Mayors from across the region gather for civic service

The Northern Echo: MAYORS WALK: A procession of Mayors from around the region make their way to church at Heighington for the Mayor of Darlington's service.         Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:51pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FIFTEEN Mayors from across the region joined the Bishop of Jarrow at a special service for the new Mayor of Darlington.

Log cabins plans set for approval despite objections

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

COUNCILLORS look set to approve controversial plans for accommodation for vulnerable young people, despite objections from residents.

Positive progress in parking row

The Northern Echo: Darlington Borough Council leader Councillor Bill Dixon

2:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POSITIVE headway is being made in a parking row that has divided Darlington, a trader who attended a private meeting with council officials has said.

Overnight closures for St Cuthbert's Way as construction work continues

The Northern Echo: Traders have said disruptive roadworks are driving shoppers out of their town

12:21pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OVERNIGHT road closures through the centre of Darlington have been announced as part of work to reconfigure a major route.

Summer challenge aims to get children reading

The Northern Echo: READING FUN: Councillor Cyndi Hughes launches the summer reading challenge with pupils from Whinfield School

12:42pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SUMMER reading challenge that encourages children to make use of their local library during their break from school has been launched.

Plans to relocate bus stops and improve coach facilities revealed by council

The Northern Echo: BUS PLANS: Bus stops from Tubwell Row could be relocated outside the town hall, with the retaining wall replaced by steps for better access

1:22pm Saturday 12th July 2014

PLANS to create better coach and bus facilities in Darlington town centre as part of the Feethams development project are set to be discussed by councillors.

Work on Haughton Road pedestrian bridge set to begin - eight years late

The Northern Echo: CONSTRUCTION DELAY: The site of the new footbridge near Darlington College Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:58pm Thursday 10th July 2014

CONSTRUCTION work on a long-awaited pedestrian bridge is underway, almost eight years after it was first announced.

Don't call during strike unless it's urgent, pleads chief executive

The Northern Echo: STRIKE PLEA: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns

2:02pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A COUNCIL chief executive has urged taxpayers to avoid contacting its call centre during a day of industrial action.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Proposals to form elected committee of Darlington traders to highlight issues to council

The Northern Echo: RALLYING CALL: Beryl Hankin, of Guru Boutique, in Darlington

4:29pm Monday 7th July 2014

AN elected committee of traders could be set up in a bid to highlight issues faced by Darlington’s business community.

Anonymous Darlington fly-poster is florist who says business is struggling due to council parking policies

The Northern Echo: ANGRY TRADER: Rob Metcalfe at his florist shop in Bondgate, Darlington.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (7852177)

6:43am Friday 4th July 2014

A LONG-STANDING trader says council parking policies in Darlington have put his business at risk and left him homeless.

Unison asks Darlington Council why "senior managers get pay rises and bin men pay cuts"

The Northern Echo: FAIR TREATMENT: Darlington councillor Bill Dixon said staff regrades and downgrades have happened across the board at the council

8:38am Thursday 3rd July 2014

UNISON has criticised Darlington Borough Council for what it believes is preferential treatment for senior management over pay and pensions.

Councillor supports traders in calling for town centre improvements

The Northern Echo:

4:15pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A LONG-SERVING Darlington councillor has backed traders in calling for the town’s council to do more to improve footfall.

Council writes off £150,000 debts

The Northern Echo: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

4:11pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CABINET members at Darlington Borough Council have agreed to write-off debts of almost £150,000 owed to the authority.



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