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Darlington Borough Council News

Darlington's iconic Victorian indoor market is under threat in this latest round of crippling cuts

Council cuts: Sign our petition and help save Darlington from cuts threat

Durham Constabulary Police and Crime commissioner Ron Hogg who says he plans to speak to council chiefs about cuts to community safety in Darlington

Council cuts: Cuts to community safety are "unfortunate", says Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

Neeraj Sharma, chief executive of Darlington Citizens Advice, who says the loss of council funding has "huge implications"

Council cuts: Charities' fears as council prepares to cancel financial support

Crown Street library will be sold off and the money put towards the restoration of the Civic Theatre

Council cuts: Libraries to close and covered market to be sold off as Darlington Council outlines £12.5m cuts plan

Darlington council leader Bill Dixon

Council Cuts: There is no magic pot of money we can dip into, says leader Bill Dixon

Darlington town centre

Council Cuts: People take to Twitter to condemn cuts to services in Darlington

Darlington Borough Council is slashing £12.5m from its budget as part of a four year savings plan

Council cuts: Angry union members will lobby councillors

Darlington Council is to cancel spending on floral displays. (54919405)

Council cuts: Spending on Christmas lights , town centre floral displays and the High Water water feature to be stopped in Darlington

AXED: Darlington's Crown Street Library.

Council Cuts: D-day for Darlington's doomed libraries

Council chiefs have used the example of Wokingham, pictured, to show they believe North-East councils have been unfairly hit.

Council Cuts: Darlington v Wokingham: Why North-East councils are being unfairly treated by public sector cuts

A seven-a-side football tournament at Eastbourne Sports Complex in Darlington. It could lose a £420,000 grant from the Football Foundation because of council cuts. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Council cuts: Darlington Council in an "impossible position" over drastic council cuts to public health funding

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Darlington's Indoor Market. Picture by Stuart Boulton

Darlington: A historic market town without a market?

Opponents of plans for 400 homes in Middleton St George gather outside Darlington Town Hall

Hundreds of objectors pack into Darlington planning meeting – only for it to be postponed

Volunteers taking part in last year's Big Spring Clean (54149667)

Volunteers needed for Big Spring Clean

Darlington Borough Council paid out more than £900,000 in compensation

North-East councils paying out millions in compensation for slips on grass, stress and damage caused by potholes

£66,000: That’s how much taxpayers have forked out for consultants to tell a North-East local authority how to sort out its failing children’s services

EXCLUSIVE: £66,000 of taxpayers' money spent on consultants after Darlington Borough Council children's services condemned

North-East councils are spending thousands on housing the homeless in hotels (file picture posed by model)

174 night stay - North-East councils spending thousands on hotel stays for the homeless

Darlington Borough Council's children's services department was given a rating of 'inadequate' following an inspection by the education watchdog Ofsted earlier this year.

Darlington Borough Council on 'improvement journey' following damning Ofsted report into children's services provision

MESS: Residents say bin lorries have churned up a popular footpath in Darlington

Darlington Borough Council's bin lorries are 'destroying' a popular path, claim residents

The 3.99 per cent rise includes a two per cent levy on adult social care

Tax hike planned for Darlington in fresh round of Government cuts

SHARKS: An initial small loan can grow to become a huge amount in the unregulated world of loan sharks

Darlington Council backs campaign highlighting loan shark danger

MEETING: Tensions ran high at the place scrutiny committee at Darlington Town Hall

Darlington Council accused of 'Stalinist' approach as housing figures are called into scrutiny

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

'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

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


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