A LARGE advertising billboard with flagpoles flying red flags (how ironic) has been erected on council land on Cocker Beck in Darlington.

This area is a green space, a local amenity, and probably one of the last in this end of town, given the 1,600 homes on the horizon near there.

My point is this: should advertising of any kind be allowed on Cocker Beck?

It has all been done legally, of course. But, the planning department at Darlington council was not involved.

Permission was given by the council’s Estate Department (no, me neither) until May 2021.

That’s right. Linden Homes gets to advertise on a local green space till 2021.

If anyone sees this as somehow setting a precedent, please contact the council Estates Department, or perhaps your MP?

Alexandra Bailey, Darlington