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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

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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 .

Cockerton development plans rejected

4:39pm Saturday 7th June 2014

PLANS to build a number of homes close to a popular village green were rejected yesterday.

Permission granted for multi-storey car park in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Artist's impression of the car park

4:13pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

PLANNING permission has been granted for a “massive” multi-storey car park in Darlington.

Students create charity ball artwork

The Northern Echo: WINNING DESIGNS: Students exhibit their winning designs. From left, Ashleigh McGargle, Darlington mayoress Ruth Lee, James Allinson, mayor Gerald Lee, and Amber Young

11:52am Wednesday 4th June 2014

STUDENTS had a ball with their latest design brief after capturing the rural splendour of Darlington.

Residents pledge to fight development on green space

The Northern Echo: Family fun day

5:24pm Monday 2nd June 2014

RESIDENTS have pledged to fight a council every step of the way as plans to build on a popular green space progress.

What a load of rubbish

The Northern Echo: Rubbish at Abbey leisure centre, Pity Me (6667350)

5:59pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A COUNTYWIDE litter pick has resulted in more than 1,000 bags being filled with rubbish.

Decision day looms for Darlington town centre multi-storey car park

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the multi-storey car park would look

3:25pm Thursday 29th May 2014

COUNCILLORS will meet next week to consider proposals for a multi-storey car park in Darlington town centre.

Friends group's concerns over housing plans

The Northern Echo: PLANS OPPOSED: Members of the Friends of Cocker Beck at the site of plans for new homes at Cockerton. Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:40pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

A GROUP aimed at protecting and improving an open space in Darlington has hit out at plans to allow housing development close to the beauty spot.

Supported living plans met with objection

The Northern Echo: PLANNING AUTHORITY: Darlington Town Hall.

11:16am Sunday 25th May 2014

OBJECTIONS have been raised over plans to convert farmland near Hurworth into an accommodation complex for vulnerable young people.

Council seek opinions on changes to letting policy

1:59pm Monday 19th May 2014

PROPOSALS to change a council’s letting policy will be the subject of a public consultation.

Row over council's 'blatant disregard' for parishes

11:32am Wednesday 7th May 2014

A COUNCILLOR hit out at his own authority’s ‘blatant disregard’ for rural wards during an outspoken speech at a parish meeting.

Praise for 'book-tastic' County Durham, Darlington and Hartlepool councils for library services

6:00am Monday 5th May 2014

LIBRARIES in lower-spending areas of the region have attracted more borrowers, surprise Government research has found.

Flytippers blighting Brusselton Lane are threatened with prosecution

The Northern Echo: Flytippers are being threatened with prosecution if caught

6:18pm Friday 2nd May 2014

FLYTIPPERS dumping rubbish along a County Durham are being targeted by councils who are keen to prosecute offenders.

Objections raised over plans to turn former Darlington barber shop into takeaway

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

12:54pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

OBJECTIONS have been raised over plans to turn a former Darlington barber shop into a takeaway.

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.



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