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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.

Plans to save Head of Steam Museum in Darlington approved

The Northern Echo: SIGNS OF YESTERDAY: The Head of Steam museum, Darlington

7:42pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A PLAN to safeguard a landmark North-East museum has tonight (July 1) been approved by councillors.

"A dream come true" as Darlington theatre company wins £1.5m Arts Council funding for children's theatre

The Northern Echo: THEATRE BACKED: From left Nick Wallis from Darlington Council, Miranda Thain from Theatre Hullabaloo and Lynda Winstanley from Darlington Civic celebrate the £1.5M announcement for development of the theatre into this old Fire Station next to The Ci

3:32pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FUNDING for a new flagship theatre for children in the North-East has been hailed as a “dream come true” by the creative director behind the project.

Planners give permission for 20 pitch extension to Neasham Road gypsy site

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

4:07pm Friday 27th June 2014

AN extension to a council-run gypsy site has been agreed by planning officers after no objections were received to the plans.

Campaigners urge people to have their say in final days of Darlington housing development consultations

The Northern Echo: Residents encouraged to join in consultation period held by Darlington Borough Council

3:54pm Thursday 26th June 2014

DETERMINED residents are stepping up their efforts to oppose a controversial housing plan as the end of a consultation period draws near.

Sale of land for housing in Darlington could boost sports facilities by £1.6m

3:44pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A SCHEME to sell more land in Eastbourne for housing and invest the proceeds into new sports facilities is likely to be approved by councillors.

Highways officers asked to investigate pedestrian crossing causing tailbacks for motorists

1:57pm Monday 23rd June 2014

HIGHWAYS officers have been asked to inspect the operation of a pedestrian crossing in Darlington amid concerns that it is causing long tailbacks for motorists.

Alcohol misuse costs Darlington more than £41m each year

The Northern Echo: RAISING AWARENESS: Some older people drink too much without realising

1:13pm Monday 23rd June 2014

ALCOHOL misuse is costing Darlington more than £41m a year, according to a report.

Council bid for £5m heritage funding for Darlington theatre unsuccessful

The Northern Echo: MISSED OUT: Darlington Civic Theatre

4:45pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A NORTH-EAST council has missed out on a £5m funding bid to restore a historic theatre to its former glory.

Stricter measures to combat dangerous school parking

4:56pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

PARENTS attempting to park close to a village school will face stricter measures.

Application to turn a former newsagent into a betting shop

The Northern Echo: BETTING SHOP: A bookmaker could open in place of a newsagent in Whinbush Way (file picture)

3:30pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A FORMER newsagents could become a bookmaker if planning permission for a change of use is granted by a council.

Five star hygiene ratings for 90 per cent of Darlington restaurants

The Northern Echo: GOOD RATING: Darlington's restaurants have been given the seal of approval by health officials

2:08pm Monday 16th June 2014

ALMOST 90 per cent of Darlington’s eating establishments have achieved a five star hygiene rating, new figures show.

Scores of one-bedroom flats to be built in central Darlington

The Northern Echo: L-R: Cllr Veronica Copeland, Lesley Conroy, Michael Conyard (DBC), Iain Sim, Ronny Harris

11:59am Sunday 15th June 2014

SCORES of one-bedroom flats will be created when a former tax office is transformed this summer.

Fears that overgrown verges will lead to accidents

The Northern Echo: Work is underway to repair the landslip on the A67 but concerns have been raised over the danger posed by the diversion route's overgrown verges

2:24pm Friday 13th June 2014

A LONG-SERVING councillor said he fears overgrown grass verges on a busy diversion route could cause a serious accident.

Councillor pledges to do more to help the blind

The Northern Echo: BLINDFOLD CHALLENGE: Darlington councillors are led blindfold around Darlington. From left Coun Wendy Newall, Lucy Dixon from RNIB, Adele Waterfall-Brown and Coun Andrew Scott.    Picture: ANDY LAMB (7020200)

11:38am Friday 13th June 2014

DARLINGTON councillors have pledged to do more to help the blind after spending time walking in their shoes.

Outside body to lead council campaigns in a bid to "disassociate" them from cost-cutting

The Northern Echo: PLANNING AUTHORITY: Darlington Town Hall.

8:06pm Thursday 12th June 2014

A COUNCIL could bring in an outside body to run campaigns in an attempt to "disassociate" it from cost-cutting measures.

Library encourages residents to pick up litter along with books

The Northern Echo: Residents are being encouraged to litter pick in their neighbourhoods

4:18pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

RESIDENTS on Darlington's mobile library route are being encouraged to pick up litter as well as books next time they visit.

Young people not having as much sex, drugs or alcohol as they think they are

The Northern Echo: councillor Cyndi Hughes

5:28pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

YOUNG people in Darlington vastly over-estimate the risky activities of their peers, research has shown.

Camper van catches fire in Sainsbury's car park

The Northern Echo: Camper van catches fire in Sainsbury's car park

12:37pm Monday 9th June 2014

A camper van caught fire in Sainsbury's Sedgefield earlier today. Fire Brigade was called to extinguish. Around 3pm Based on information supplied by .

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