STORM Arwen has wreaked havoc in Darlington and there has been considerable damage to the boundary wall of West Cemetery on Carmel Road North.

Councillor Jack Sowerby and Councillor Charles Johnson have reported the damage to Darlington Borough Council so that the debris can be removed as soon as possible.

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The Northern Echo: Cemetery Lane is popular among dog walkers and parents with children on the school run. Picture: CLLR. JOHNSONCemetery Lane is popular among dog walkers and parents with children on the school run. Picture: CLLR. JOHNSON

Councillor Sowerby said: “Once this has been removed and the damage can properly be assessed we will request officers to investigate when the wall can be repaired.

“Given the popularity of Cemetery Lane for dog walkers and the school run I suspect the damage and obstruction will be a cause for concern.”

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The council has had reports of more than 100 fallen trees across the borough, with more expected as inspections continue and further reports come in from the public.

Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services said: “Our teams have worked hard over the weekend to respond to issues and are continuing to do so and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts.

“However, the work to clear and repair the damage will take time. The works are being prioritised so I would ask everyone for their patience given the scale of the job in hand.

“We would urge people to report any issues they see and to take extra care when they are out and about where trees have been damaged.

“We will look to add replacement trees into our planting programme for those that have been lost, though they may not always be in the same location.”


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