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Council revises plans for thousands of homes following public consultation

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

5:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PLANS for thousands of new homes in a North-East town have been revised after residents voiced their concerns during a consultation process.

Over £5m released to improve council houses

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

5:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

COUNCILLORS in Darlington have agreed to release over £5m to improve and maintain the authority’s housing stock across the borough.

Rise in number of teenagers in education or training

The Northern Echo: Foundation For Jobs logo

6:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

A LEAP in the number of the region’s teenagers kept from “a life on the scrapheap” was hailed by ministers yesterday (Wednesday, March 26).

Plans submitted for extension to Darlington primary school

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

3:49pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

PLANS to extend a Darlington primary school will be decided by planning officials next month.

Councillors clash over 'badly-prepared' report

The Northern Echo: Martin Swainston

4:43pm Monday 24th March 2014

COUNCILLORS in Darlington indulged in a spot of Punch and Judy politics at a meeting last week, with a report likened to ‘the badly prepared homework of a child’.

New road to be named after former Darlington council leader John Williams

The Northern Echo: A leader who took it on the chin

8:06pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A ROAD in a multi-million pound development is to be named after a long-serving former council leader who died last year following a long battle with cancer.

Mixed response to ward boundary proposals for Darlington Borough Council

The Northern Echo: The draft ward boundaries for Darlington Borough Council as proposed by the Boundary Commission

7:30am Tuesday 18th March 2014

NEW proposals that could see radical changes to electoral ward boundaries in Darlington have received a mixed response from councillors ahead of public consultation.

Refurbishment works to hundreds of properties set to take place in Red Hall

The Northern Echo: Row over blueprint for future building

12:08pm Monday 17th March 2014

THE final stage of a 15 year plan to update Darlington’s council housing stock is set to get underway with the refurbishment of dozens of properties in the Red Hall area of the town.

Bowling green beehive plans given the go-ahead

The Northern Echo: The latest buzz arrives in Richmond!

4:53pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

PLANS to transform a disused bowling green into a wildflower meadow with up to ten beehives have been given the go-ahead.

Council tax shake-up punishing poor people, MPs warn

The Northern Echo: Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, described a privately run out of hours GP service in Cornwall as substandard

6:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

POOR people are being punished by a controversial shake-up of council tax, a committee of MPs warns today (Tuesday, March 11)

Have your say on plans to reduce number of councillors in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

12:10am Tuesday 11th March 2014

AN independent commission is asking residents of a North-East town to comment on its draft proposals to cut its number of councillors.

Villagers affected by landslip-hit road closure call for more council support

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4:42pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

VILLAGERS affected by the closure of a road damaged by a landslip are calling for more council support and improved safety measures on the diversion route.

Consultation events for residents and businesses affected by road closure

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3:26pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

RESIDENTS and businesses affected by the impending closure of the A67 are invited to two consultation events.

First World War project brings history to life across Tees Valley

The Northern Echo: Heugh Gun Battery, The Headland, Hartlepool

6:13pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

A REPLICA of a First World War trench and a re-enactment of a suffragette march are part of a £400,000 project being held across the Tees Valley to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Councils ready to take part in flag flying Commonwealth Day event

The Northern Echo: Queen Acc TB 35.JPG

3:42pm Monday 10th February 2014

THE North-East will be flying the flag for the Commonwealth next month.

New safeguarding hub aims to help vulnerable children and adults more quickly

2:44pm Friday 7th February 2014

AN initiative which aims to achieve faster and more consistent responses to concerns about vulnerable children and adults has been launched in the region.

Land released for potential housing developments

The Northern Echo: Un the up: There were signs last year that house price growth is now spreading beyond London

5:47pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

SENIOR councillors have approved plans to sell off almost 50 acres of land to address a predicted shortage of future housing in Darlington borough.

Council workers prepare for day of protest

The Northern Echo: Members of Unison outside the Civic Centre

6:09pm Monday 3rd February 2014

LOCAL government workers will take part in an official day of protest tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).

Skip-hire brothers back in court as Environment Agency seeks to recover legal costs

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Raymond Shepherd

4:52pm Friday 31st January 2014

TWO brothers who were convicted of breaches of environmental laws related to the dumping of waste on an “industrial scale” have reappeared in court as prosecutors attempt to recover legal costs against them.

Former Darlington mayor Cliff Hutchinson has died aged 90

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: Cliff Hutchinson left, shakes hands with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005. Also pictured is the town's then-MP, Alan Milburn

4:31pm Thursday 30th January 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former mayor who served his community for more than 40 years.

Darlington regeneration blueprint suffers £20m funding blow

The Northern Echo: Number of people in debt on the rise in St Albans

6:00am Thursday 30th January 2014

A FLAGSHIP urban regeneration masterplan faces an uncertain future after missing out on millions of pounds in vital public funding.

Expansion plans for Darlington academy given the go-ahead

The Northern Echo: Skerne Park Academy pupil Thomas Dillon with head teacher Kate Chisholm.

4:10pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

PLANS to build a new sports hall and three new classrooms at a Darlington school have been given the go-ahead.

Traders say parking situation is killing business

The Northern Echo: Derek Risbey (far left) and many Skinnergate traders believe that a lack of on-street parking is damaging business

7:30am Tuesday 28th January 2014

SKINNERGATE traders are pleading with the council to re-introduce on-street parking as they say a lack of footfall is killing business.

Campaigners plan tourism boost with Darlington and Stockton Railway trail

The Northern Echo: Rail fans plan Darlington and Stockton Railway cycle and footpath trail

9:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

A HERITAGE group aims to boost North-East tourism by creating a footpath and cycle track along the route of the world's first passenger railway.

Decision on centre for vulnerable children could be delayed following local opposition

The Northern Echo: Heighington

12:57pm Saturday 18th January 2014

PLANNING permission for a centre to help vulnerable children could be delayed following opposition from villagers.

Government 'acting like a bully' over planning reforms - MP

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop

4:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

AN MP claims reforms to the planning system which could mean developers are able to push ahead with applications without council approval “kicks sand” in the eyes of local communities.

Tributes paid to dedicated and hardworking Darlington councillor

The Northern Echo: Ron Lewis who has died aged 77

3:29pm Friday 10th January 2014

HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a borough councillor, described as "the perfect gentleman", who has died aged 77.

Councillors urged to build public toilets in new multi-million pound car park in Darlington

The Northern Echo: BACKING PROJECT: Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the Conservative group on Darlington Borough Council

11:34am Thursday 9th January 2014

COUNCILLORS have been urged to consider building public toilets in a new £7m multi-storey car park in Darlington.

Fortnightly rubbish collection for Darlington given the go-ahead

The Northern Echo: Street Scene team leader Dave Hutchinson with the proposed collection pack for Darlington households; wheely bin on left for general rubbish, small green box for glass, smaller wheely bin with inset box for plastics, paper etc.

7:08pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

PLANS to revise rubbish collections in Darlington have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Darlington Council political leaders look ahead to 2014

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

2:19pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

With 2014 almost upon us, Vicki Henderson asked the leaders of the three political groups at Darlington Borough Council for their thoughts on what lies ahead for the town this coming year.

Get help and advice on diabetes in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Newton Aycliffe Alcohol Self Support meets at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe every Thursday

8:10am Thursday 26th December 2013

HELP is being offered to people who have recently been diagnosed with type-two diabetes or have been told they are at risk of developing the condition.

North councils to face £179m in cuts while some Southern authorities see rise in Government funding

The Northern Echo: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

12:30am Thursday 19th December 2013

THE region has been hammered with a further £179m of council cuts – while many authorities in the South will enjoy a spending rise.

Darlington residents could have another wheelie bin by October

The Northern Echo: NEW COLLECTIONS: Wheelie bins will replace recycling bags.

2:50pm Thursday 5th December 2013

A SCRUTINY committee examining Darlington Council’s cost-cutting plans to introduce alternate weekly refuse collections next year has discussed proposals for the introduction of an extra bin for recycling.

Landlord pays the price of not being properly licensed

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

4:04pm Thursday 5th December 2013

A LANDLORD has had to pay over £1,500 in court fees and fines for failing to licence his property properly.

Darlington council approves £7m multi-storey car park plan

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

11:24pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for a £7m multi-storey car park - including premises for a disability charity - in a North-East town.

North East council leader unconvinced over HS2

The Northern Echo: The proposed HS2 train and David Mowat MP

2:40pm Sunday 1st December 2013

A NORTH East council leader has questioned whether the government’s HS2 high-speed rail project will benefit the region at all.

Senior councillor criticised for 'guessing' cost of building new car park

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

A SENIOR councillor has been told to ‘get a grip’ of development projects after the estimated cost of a multi-storey car park in Darlington rose by more than £1m.

Council accused of 'totalitarianism' over policy amendments

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

4:04pm Friday 29th November 2013

A MOVE to improve planning application decision-making processes has been strongly criticised amid accusations that Darlington Council is adopting a ‘totalitarian’ regime.

'Troubled families' scheme half-way to success - Pickles

The Northern Echo: Communities secretary Eric Pickles

12:10am Monday 25th November 2013

THE Government is half-way towards achieving its goal of turning round the lives of 120,000 so-called troubled families, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles claims today (Monday, November 25).

Darlington council to 'streamline' its senior management team - but no jobs will go and no money will be saved

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

4:36pm Thursday 21st November 2013

A CASH-strapped council has announced it will streamline its senior management structure – but no jobs will be lost and no money will be saved.

Darlington private snooker club gets the go-ahead after councillors hear that disabled access is not possible at chosen venue

The Northern Echo: Darlington Association Against Disability

3:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

A PRIVATE snooker club has been given the go ahead to move premises after it was ruled its new first floor location could not be made accessible to disabled people.

Community group must come forward to run Cockerton Library or it will close in 2016, councillor warns

The Northern Echo: BLEAK FUTURE: A customer leaves Cockerton Library, in Darlington, which is facing closure

1:24pm Saturday 16th November 2013

A COUNCILLOR has stressed that Cockerton Library will close its doors to the public in 2016 due to budget cuts, unless a community group is formed to take it over.

Tees Valley libraries start new chapter as business centres

The Northern Echo: Libraries across the Tees Valley, such as Middlesbrough Central Library, has scooped £45,000 as part of the Enterprising Libraries initiative to boost local business growth

11:33am Thursday 14th November 2013

LIBRARIES are to be turned into business centres with a £45,000 grant to encourage local entrepreneurs.

Changes to council services are inevitable Darlington councillors warn as the budget cut debate begins

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

8:08pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

MILLIONS of pounds worth of budget cuts facing a North East council have been debated at a public meeting, as councillors warned changes to services are inevitable.

Residents urged to attend Darlington council meeting to discuss budget cuts and fornightly bin collections

The Northern Echo: NEW COLLECTIONS: Wheelie bins will replace recycling bags.

3:51pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

COUNCILLORS will discuss whether to introduce an extra wheelie bin to households in Darlington, a two per cent increase in council tax and the future of the Head of Steam museum tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Do you remember Coronation Day?

The Northern Echo: Do you remember Coronation Day?

3:26pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

Do you, or members of your family, remember the Coronation 60 years ago? Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is collecting these memories to form part of an exhibition about the Coronation which will be set up in Middlesbrough Town Hall at the end of June.

Official go-ahead to keep 400 Department for Education jobs in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Council leader Bill Dixon and Andrew McCully from DfE sign the contract to bring a new office block to Darlington town centre

7:50pm Sunday 10th November 2013

FINAL contracts to build a multi-million pound office block that will keep 400 civil service jobs in Darlington have been signed.

Union calls on Darlington Borough Council to avoid job losses

The Northern Echo: Unison plans legal challenge over controversial Pembrokeshire County Council staff pay review

4:07pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

A PUBLIC sector union has called on council chiefs to do everything in their power to avoid more compulsory redundancies amid the latest round of spending cuts.

Efforts to save Darlington rail museum 'must not hit buffers because of red tape'

The Northern Echo: BACKING PROJECT: Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the Conservative group on Darlington Borough Council

3:51pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

BUREAUCRACY could derail efforts to transfer a piece of the region’s railway heritage into community hands, a senior councillor has warned.

Fortnightly rubbish collections on the cards for Darlington?

The Northern Echo: NEW COLLECTIONS: Wheelie bins will replace recycling bags.

6:10am Wednesday 6th November 2013

RESIDENTS in Darlington could see their rubbish collected fortnightly as part of council plans to save £400,000 a year.



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