Darlington Borough Council reassures public it is doing all it can to recycle street furniture

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington Borough Council reassure public about street furniture recycling Darlington Borough Council reassure public about street furniture recycling

A COUNCIL has reassured the public that it is doing all it can to recycle street furniture after concerns were raised over the redevelopment of a roundabout.

The area around the Stonebridge roundabout in Darlington is undergoing major redevelopment to allow for better traffic flow throughout the town.

Members of the public raised concerns last week after apparently seeing street furniture like benches, railings and flowerpots being thrown into the back of a vehicle.

One man, working close to the site, said: “I’ve seen workers throwing these things into the back of a van as though they’re rubbish but they could be recycled to bring pleasure to other people.

“If we are living in austere times as we are constantly being told then the local authority should set an example and recycle everything they can.”

A spokeswoman from Darlington Borough Council said: “It is our policy to reuse and recycle street furniture wherever possible. The planters taken from this area have now been put into store for future use and the railings will be used to repair other railed areas where possible.

“In general, we assess the condition of an item once it has been removed and a decision is then made as to whether the item is stored for future use or recycled in an appropriate way including selling items for scrap.”

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11:16am Tue 25 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

And there we have it, from the legendary Darlington Borough Council Spokeswoman who is not named. Is it the same one every time, or do we pay for a handful of these interchangeable faces who simply read from the DBC script.

Either way, you can bet that the stuff will be deemed unusable and that new items have already been bought for this project. This will probably sit in the council yard for a week and scrapped when the heat dies down. I hope that the good folks of Darlington who raised this issue will keep an eye on this and get back to The Echo at some point.

While on the subject of the council's 'Policy to reuse' items, can the DBC Spokeswoman comment / shed light on the recycling of tons of sandstone blocks removed from the Cemetery wall in North Road Cemetery ? A long stretch of sandstone wall was taken down and stacked by council workmen. Allegedly this was because the wall was unsafe. More on that bit later. If this was the case, then why was the wall simply rebuilt with the sandstone blocks ? Make sense ? This was not the case and it has now been replaced with cheap concrete blocks which look dreadful and totally out of keeping with the rest of the very old cemetery. If this was not bad enough, the wall was then painted with some yellow paint which makes it look truly terrible. The graves of loved ones now look as though they were dug next to a factory wall. No one appears to know where the sandstone went, though the council have been trying to sell off the historic landmark chapel and cottages for their valuable sandstone.

Now back to safety : The wall was supposedly torn down because it was unsafe. If this is the case, why was the wall along the entrance lane not taken down and rebuilt ? This wall is about 10 feet high and is currently held up with large wooden pit props. I would say that this was not torn down because it is far too obvious and would be seen by people every day. The reason that the wall on the East side of the cemetery was removed is because it was not so noticeable. A walk along the path now opens onto a really horrible wall, decorated by graffiti and litter. How nice for the families of the people buried there.

Here is ( Yet ) another example of this council's dubious behavior. Maybe the Darlington Borough Council's Spokeswoman would care to comment on this ? I'm not holding my breath. I may, however, take this further.
And there we have it, from the legendary Darlington Borough Council Spokeswoman who is not named. Is it the same one every time, or do we pay for a handful of these interchangeable faces who simply read from the DBC script. Either way, you can bet that the stuff will be deemed unusable and that new items have already been bought for this project. This will probably sit in the council yard for a week and scrapped when the heat dies down. I hope that the good folks of Darlington who raised this issue will keep an eye on this and get back to The Echo at some point. While on the subject of the council's 'Policy to reuse' items, can the DBC Spokeswoman comment / shed light on the recycling of tons of sandstone blocks removed from the Cemetery wall in North Road Cemetery ? A long stretch of sandstone wall was taken down and stacked by council workmen. Allegedly this was because the wall was unsafe. More on that bit later. If this was the case, then why was the wall simply rebuilt with the sandstone blocks ? Make sense ? This was not the case and it has now been replaced with cheap concrete blocks which look dreadful and totally out of keeping with the rest of the very old cemetery. If this was not bad enough, the wall was then painted with some yellow paint which makes it look truly terrible. The graves of loved ones now look as though they were dug next to a factory wall. No one appears to know where the sandstone went, though the council have been trying to sell off the historic landmark chapel and cottages for their valuable sandstone. Now back to safety : The wall was supposedly torn down because it was unsafe. If this is the case, why was the wall along the entrance lane not taken down and rebuilt ? This wall is about 10 feet high and is currently held up with large wooden pit props. I would say that this was not torn down because it is far too obvious and would be seen by people every day. The reason that the wall on the East side of the cemetery was removed is because it was not so noticeable. A walk along the path now opens onto a really horrible wall, decorated by graffiti and litter. How nice for the families of the people buried there. Here is ( Yet ) another example of this council's dubious behavior. Maybe the Darlington Borough Council's Spokeswoman would care to comment on this ? I'm not holding my breath. I may, however, take this further. Spy Boy

1:12am Thu 27 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

I keep checking back, but no answers yet.
I keep checking back, but no answers yet. Spy Boy

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