A NUMBER of housing developments on green field sites around Darlington outlined in the draft local plan have caused a great many people to become very upset.

It has been suggested that the funding we once enjoyed to decontaminate brown field sites nearer the town centre has been taken away from the local authority by central government.

But now we have a Conservative council leader and a Conservative Tees Valley mayor under a Conservative government.

Surely it is for the Conservatives in power in Darlington to lobby their own party in government for the restoration of that funding so that brown field sites are developed first?

Why would such a political exercise delay the next stage of the approval of Darlington's Local Plan?

Cllr Nigel Boddy (LibDem), Darlington