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Darlington Borough Council News

Conservative councillors leave the chamber ahead of a debate on the Trade Union Bill

Conservative councillors in Darlington boycott meeting over trade union bill debate

Council leader Bill Dixon and fellow cabinet members from Darlington Borough Council

Children's services face review at Darlington council meeting

Heather Scott will call in reports concerning development of Blackwell

Battle for Blackwell: Cllr Heather Scott questions need for retirement apartments as she calls in council officers' report for scrutiny

Darlington's council leader Bill Dixon rules himself out of race to become elected mayor for the Tees Valley

'No, I'm not standing for elected mayor' - Bill Dixon rules himself out as Darlington councillors approve devolution deal

GENEROUS: Great North Road raise money for Butterwick Hospice with busking sessions in Darlington

Great North Road folk band busk in Darlington to raise money for Butterwick Hospice

Darlington's Conservative leader Heather Scott backs protest to oppose Tory 'time bomb' health cuts

'Tory cuts to health are wrong' - Darlington's Conservative leader backs protest to oppose health 'time bomb'

SAVINGS: Darlington town hall, where the council has saved nearly £2 million thanks to changes in housing support services

Darlington Borough Council has saved nearly £2 million over the last five years in housing support services


Make a will and pledge fee to Darlington hospice

DEVELOPMENT: Parts of the former Blackwell Golf Course are included in the housing plans

Residents express their anger at Blackwell housing proposals

BINS: Darlington Councillor Nick Wallis pictured with the new bins that were wheeled out in Darlington last year Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

Alternative rubbish collections here to stay in Darlington and elsewhere

HELP US: Refugees on a boat from Zuwarah in Libya travelling to Italy

Region's councils among first in country to offer sanctuary to refugees

REGRET: Ada Burns

Darlington council chief expresses regret at damning children's services report

INADEQUATE: Criticism of Darlington Borough Council's children's services

Ofsted judges children's services in Darlington as 'inadequate' - putting youngsters at risk

Stewards ready for action

Winkies Castle folk Museum Celebrates

'WASTE': Darlington Borough Council has spent more than £14,000 advertising a senior job – which itself comes with a sky-high salary

Cash-strapped Darlington council spend £14,000 advertising one job vacancy

PEST: A rat

Council introduces new charge for rodent control

FRIENDS: Campaigners oppose future development of Bellburn fields

Bellburn campaigners form Friends group to fight development

ROADS: Darlington Borough Council apologises for inconvenience caused by early road closure

Early road closure


Darlington Council accused of "wrong and rotten governance"

GUIDANCE: Durham County Council to consider planning policy

Council to discuss planning guidance while waiting for outcome of judicial review

DECISIONS: The planning committee meets at Darlington Town Hall

Residents' frustration as changes to Hurworth development are lodged

ACCOLADE: Alcohol Concern has awarded Darlington Borough Council the Dry January champion of 2015 for Innovation award.

Award for Dry January campaign

RECOUNT: The result of the inspection of ballot papers in the Hurworth ward is announced  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Hurworth postal vote dispute resolved after inspection of ballot papers

RECOUNT: The examination of ballot papers will be performed at Darlington Town Hall this afternoon

Court authorises recount in postal votes controversy

BLUNDER: Darlington Borough Council has applied to a county court to have the sealed ballot papers reopened and votes recounted in the Hurworth ward after it emerged some votes may not have been tallied in the recent local election Picture: STUART BOULTON

Recount for Darlington council seat if county court gives OK to open sealed postal ballot papers

TJFA Under 9 League Cup Winners

Aycliffe Juniors in League Cup Triumph

REMEBER THEM: More than 1,000 poppies have been knitted

Hundreds of poppies knitted for Darlington's war dead

RUBBISH PILE: Ashleigh Pollock, five-month-old Jenson and partner Dave Holmes at Carr Side, Darlington, where their recycling has not been taken away for weeks Picture: ANDY LAMB

Darlington residents and council staff praised following recycling and refuge changes

DUMPED: Rubbish at Denmark Street in Darlington Picture: STUART BOULTON

'Eyesore' patch of land that has become a haven for litter louts to be cleaned up by the council after complaints

CAMPAIGN: From left, Councillor Steve York, MP Phil Wilson, Councillor Doris Jones and chairman of the Middleton St George neighbourhood development plan steering group David Sheen

Village campaigners 'let down' by Darlington Borough Council as second set of statistics are proved incorrect

FULL COUNCIL: Councillors met at Darlington Town Hall

Darlington Council leader denies accusations the authority is 'heading for bankruptcy'

REVIEW: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns said she and the senior management team accepted "full responsibility" for the failings

UPDATED: Darlington Borough Council slammed by top judge for its handling of family custody case as chief executive accepts 'full responsibility'

ROMANTIC: Grace and Christopher Jones

Couple engaged on Valentine's Day naturally choose Feb 14 to wed

COMBINED AUTHORITY: From left, Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon, Redcar and Cleveland Council leader George Dunning, Tees Valley Unlimited managing director Stephen Catchpole, Darlington leader Bill Dixon, Stockton leader Bob Cook and Hartlepool leader Chri

Tees Valley councils to press ahead with plans for combined authority after public backing

COMBINED: From left, Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon, Redcar and Cleveland Council leader George Dunning, Tees Valley Unlimited managing director Stephen Catchpole, Darlington leader Bill Dixon, Stockton leader Bob Cook and Hartlepool leader Christoper Ake

What will new Tees Valley authority do for us?

TRAGIC FALL: Previously fit and healthy Brian Coates has been left needing round-the-clock care after a fall in Darlington town centre which may have been caused by a group of cyclists

Cyclists should not be banned from Darlington's pedestrian heart, committee recommends

CLOSURE: The recycling facility at Cockerton Picture: STUART BOULTON

Council to close recycling point after flytipping makes the site unmanageable

BUDGET: An artist's impression of the multi-storey car park being built in Darlington at a cost of £7.5m

Questions over Darlington council leader's decision to "whisk through" £1m budget increase for multi-storey car park

LEADER: Councillor Bill Dixon

Darlington council leader defends planning officers after housing policy is overturned by government inspector

FLOODING PROJECT: Councillor Paul Harman

Project aims to reduce flooding in Darlington

PERMISSION REFUSED: Land at the back of Hill Garth, in Cockerton, Darlington, where planning permission has been refused to convert the land into apartments Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Cockerton development plans rejected for a third time

APPEAL: A planning inspector has ruled that a 250 house development can go ahead in Middleton St George as Darlington Borough Council could not prove it has a sufficient housing supply

Controversial housing development allowed on appeal after Darlington Borough Council fails to prove it has a five year housing supply

ADVICE: Martin Phillips, chief officer for Darlington CCG

'Think before making an appointment with your GP' councillors and health officials urge

RUBBISH: Litter on Eamont Drive, in Darlington

Council responds to complaints over holiday wheelie bin service

NEW BUILD: An artist's impression of the car park

Council agrees budget increase for Darlington's multi-storey car park

CLOSING TIME: The Speedwell pub in Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (15531982)

Owner blasts council as 'eyesore' pub is sold

DELAY: Dorothy Brenkley at one of the pedestrian crossings on the re-developed ring road in Darlington, where she believes there is a too-long waiting time for the lights to change for pedestrian trying to cross. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

New pedestrian crossings on new ring road are 'an accident waiting to happen'

Darlington town hall, where the council's planning officials meet

Brafferton gypsy site refused by planners

NO PERMISSION: The structure adjacent to the A68 close to Darlington near the Swan House roundabout which apparently has not had planning permission.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Council urged to act over appearance of mystery prefab home

APPLICATION GRANTED: Croft House in Hurworth Place

Croft House development plans given the go-ahead


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