RESIDENTS have come up with a number of suggestions on how to transform the area where they live.

People living in the Victoria Road area of Darlington took part in a recent survey that Darlington Borough Council commissioned from Groundwork North East and Cumbria to gather their hopes for improvements to be carried out.

The consultation was carried out as part of the council's plans to develop Darlington railway station as Victoria Road has been identified as a key street as it links the station with the town centre.

Dave Winstanley, the council's assistant director for transport and capital projects, said: “It’s great to hear those living and working in the Victoria Road area are proud of where they live and are also keen to get involved in shaping the future of their area.

“The consultation has given us real food for thought. We’ve been given some clear direction and although some of the ideas discussed won’t go ahead we will be developing ideas that were well received. A one-way system on Waverley Terrace for example will not be explored any further as this did not have public support.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to feed in their views, hopefully they will start to see their ideas come to fruition as we work together to make Darlington even better.”

During the consultation which was carried out in November and January, the amount and speed of traffic and the lack of a cycle lane a problem was felt to be an issue.

The council is now using the findings of the report to explore which of the elements had public support and could be taken forward.

The full report can be found at