Public encouraged to join in litter picks across Darlington

The public are being called on to stop sights like this

The public are being called on to stop sights like this

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by , Reporter (Darlington)

DARLINGTON Council is urging people to get involved in the Big Spring Clean by volunteering for litter picks across the borough.

The Big Spring Clean is a national initiative encouraging residents to take pride in their environment by carrying out voluntary litter picks in public areas.

The first in the Darlington series takes place tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8) at the Play Dene off Widdowfield Street and will be followed by events at parks and nature reserves across the town.

Phillippa Scrafton, waste and recycling services development officer at Darlington Council, said: “If you’ve noticed that a park or patch of land near where you live needs a bit of TLC, this is the perfect time to get together and do something about it.

“We’ve have lots of litter picks organised but if there is somewhere that you think needs attention, get in touch and we can you to help to organise a litter pick of your own.”

The Environment Agency is supporting the initiative and will be carrying out a river cleanse this Thursday between Polam Hall Bridge and Halfords.

A public litter pick has also been organised for Thursday at South Park to Hammond Drive along the river; meet at the Clock Tower in South Park at 10am to take part.

The weekend will see Rockwell and Maidendale nature reserves receive a clean-up.

All events are organised by Darlington Borough Council in partnership with Litter Free Durham and to find out more, or organise an event of you own, contact Pippa Smailing on 01325 406719 or Phillippa Scrafton on 01325 406648 or visit www.litterfreedurham.org.

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12:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

In other words, the Council has just about bottomed out the DBC employees that used to be paid for this work and now they want us to pay rates AND do the work ourselves. Will Bill Dixon and Ada Burns be getting into their designer wellies to lend a helping hand? Doubt it. You may get a nice photo shoot and then they'll vanish for an expense paid lunch. Sick !
In other words, the Council has just about bottomed out the DBC employees that used to be paid for this work and now they want us to pay rates AND do the work ourselves. Will Bill Dixon and Ada Burns be getting into their designer wellies to lend a helping hand? Doubt it. You may get a nice photo shoot and then they'll vanish for an expense paid lunch. Sick ! Spy Boy
  • Score: 17

12:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

A lot of this waste is harmful and it could cause health issues. Not a good idea.
A lot of this waste is harmful and it could cause health issues. Not a good idea. Spy Boy
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sefa says...

What happened to all these community service orders that are handed out by courts everyday?!

We should have an absolutely spotless town. If there's anything that community service should do is give back to the community and what better way than making sure our streets are clean.

I wonder if any of the orders are actually carried out. Have you ever seen any people doing community service in this town? I've seen them once clearing ice from pavements.
What happened to all these community service orders that are handed out by courts everyday?! We should have an absolutely spotless town. If there's anything that community service should do is give back to the community and what better way than making sure our streets are clean. I wonder if any of the orders are actually carried out. Have you ever seen any people doing community service in this town? I've seen them once clearing ice from pavements. sefa
  • Score: 36

12:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Lionel1 says...

Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV...
Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV... Lionel1
  • Score: 26

1:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Lifetime Townie says...

The council have a cheek to ask for volunteer litter pickers when the "ring fenced overpaid" hierarchy in the town hall continue to swallow up large amounts of our council tax in their inflated salaries. It would seem to be that this is the council's preference to go along this route rather than use this money for extra front line workers to do this work. A reduction in the number of councilors would also provide cash to pay extra front line staff
The council have a cheek to ask for volunteer litter pickers when the "ring fenced overpaid" hierarchy in the town hall continue to swallow up large amounts of our council tax in their inflated salaries. It would seem to be that this is the council's preference to go along this route rather than use this money for extra front line workers to do this work. A reduction in the number of councilors would also provide cash to pay extra front line staff Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 16

3:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

Lionel1 wrote:
Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV...
WHY DOES THE COUNCIL NOT GET IT;S OWN STREET WORKERS TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE PAID FOR.
ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO DOES THIS IS A FOOL , AS THEY ARE NOT INSURED OR COVERED UNDER ANY HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS.
IF I SEE ANYONE DOING THIS I WILL REPORT THEM TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE.
THIS IS COUNCIL OWNED LAND AND SHOULD BE CLEANED UP BY THE COUNCIL NOT THE PUBLIC. SO BILL DIXON AND ADA BURNS YOU 2 LAZY GETS, CLEAN IT UP YOURSELVES.
*** RANT OVER ***
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV...[/p][/quote]WHY DOES THE COUNCIL NOT GET IT;S OWN STREET WORKERS TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE PAID FOR. ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO DOES THIS IS A FOOL , AS THEY ARE NOT INSURED OR COVERED UNDER ANY HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS. IF I SEE ANYONE DOING THIS I WILL REPORT THEM TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE. THIS IS COUNCIL OWNED LAND AND SHOULD BE CLEANED UP BY THE COUNCIL NOT THE PUBLIC. SO BILL DIXON AND ADA BURNS YOU 2 LAZY GETS, CLEAN IT UP YOURSELVES. *** RANT OVER *** settheworldonfire
  • Score: 20

3:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Lionel1 says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
Lionel1 wrote: Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV...
WHY DOES THE COUNCIL NOT GET IT;S OWN STREET WORKERS TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE PAID FOR. ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO DOES THIS IS A FOOL , AS THEY ARE NOT INSURED OR COVERED UNDER ANY HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS. IF I SEE ANYONE DOING THIS I WILL REPORT THEM TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE. THIS IS COUNCIL OWNED LAND AND SHOULD BE CLEANED UP BY THE COUNCIL NOT THE PUBLIC. SO BILL DIXON AND ADA BURNS YOU 2 LAZY GETS, CLEAN IT UP YOURSELVES. *** RANT OVER ***
"JOBSWORTH"
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Why can't those who are able to work and claiming benefits not be approached to help? We hear so much about long term youth unemployed and NEET's - round them up and get them doing it! Voluntary work is always seen as a plus by Employers on a CV...[/p][/quote]WHY DOES THE COUNCIL NOT GET IT;S OWN STREET WORKERS TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE PAID FOR. ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO DOES THIS IS A FOOL , AS THEY ARE NOT INSURED OR COVERED UNDER ANY HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS. IF I SEE ANYONE DOING THIS I WILL REPORT THEM TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE. THIS IS COUNCIL OWNED LAND AND SHOULD BE CLEANED UP BY THE COUNCIL NOT THE PUBLIC. SO BILL DIXON AND ADA BURNS YOU 2 LAZY GETS, CLEAN IT UP YOURSELVES. *** RANT OVER ***[/p][/quote]"JOBSWORTH" Lionel1
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Topcat28 says...

I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live.
I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live. Topcat28
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

RealLivin says...

Darlington Council deserve a good round of applause for this, cutting the street cleaning force, charging for tipping, then getting residents to clean up after fly tippers, they must be able to increase expenses to themselves with all this cost cutting. As mentioned a few times this waste could be harmful, you have no idea what you are picking up, needles, chemicals, infestations, a duly paid work force would be insured against any problems and they would have to follow Health and Safety rules to do this. Most residents wont have a clue about theseand it is asking for trouble not only to the the unfortunate resident that for all there good deeds ends up with a contaminated need stuck in them, consequently suing the council for their medical bills, injuries and general compensation, which in turn is upping our council tax again.

Everyone should clean up after themselves but some just dont so we need force to clean up, if there isnt much to clean this can be small, but as long as its easier and cheaper to dump you rubbish anywhere but the tip then this problem will keep getting worse, I cant even take a couple of broken paving slabs to the tip without them wanting to charge me a fiver for the privilege, yet the tip sell soil and rubble from what we dump so they are making money from it any way.
Darlington Council deserve a good round of applause for this, cutting the street cleaning force, charging for tipping, then getting residents to clean up after fly tippers, they must be able to increase expenses to themselves with all this cost cutting. As mentioned a few times this waste could be harmful, you have no idea what you are picking up, needles, chemicals, infestations, a duly paid work force would be insured against any problems and they would have to follow Health and Safety rules to do this. Most residents wont have a clue about theseand it is asking for trouble not only to the the unfortunate resident that for all there good deeds ends up with a contaminated need stuck in them, consequently suing the council for their medical bills, injuries and general compensation, which in turn is upping our council tax again. Everyone should clean up after themselves but some just dont so we need force to clean up, if there isnt much to clean this can be small, but as long as its easier and cheaper to dump you rubbish anywhere but the tip then this problem will keep getting worse, I cant even take a couple of broken paving slabs to the tip without them wanting to charge me a fiver for the privilege, yet the tip sell soil and rubble from what we dump so they are making money from it any way. RealLivin
  • Score: 11

4:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Topcat28 says...

Topcat28 wrote:
I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live.
I would also like to make the point that the route cause needs addressing.
[quote][p][bold]Topcat28[/bold] wrote: I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live.[/p][/quote]I would also like to make the point that the route cause needs addressing. Topcat28
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Its all highly commendable and I am all for *volunteer Litter Picks but it does beg the question. Why ? have some paid 'Council Manager's and 'Litter Picker' employees 'of the council' have over years omitted to clean litter from under public bushes and from local public 'grot-spots'. LIONAL 1 is 'over the top and exaggerating some points'. People who PAY Council Tax and KEEP people in Jobs should always have a *****Volunteer ***choice of litter picking and on ****Council Land as they pay Council Tax. The 'Health and Safety' point smacks of 'stone-age politically correct negative brainwashed 'Trade Unionism'. Which is currently the blight of many British Industries and actually is some cases is losing British Jobs throughout Britain, because of 'sheer arrogant dinosaur Union selfish intransience'. I am sure Volunteer will be **briefed before the 'volunteer Litter Picks' and will use their 'non-interference Union' common sense when it comes to ***Health and Safety issues. However I do agree that by LAW, by a NEW *****statutory Law that most *****long term benefit drawing workshy should ALSO be GRAFTING and doing WORK, picking up public litter for so many hours a week say at least 25 or so,, if they refuse they LOSE all 'nappy nanny-state benefits'. The should EARN their 'long term free state benefits.. We ALL have to work, **Voluntary or otherwise so why not ? many of the long term free Benefit's avoid work at all costs, 'Sit on your butts';. Workshy., most of whom (not all) who do precisely *NIL work for the 'Community or the Country'.
Its all highly commendable and I am all for *volunteer Litter Picks but it does beg the question. Why ? have some paid 'Council Manager's and 'Litter Picker' employees 'of the council' have over years omitted to clean litter from under public bushes and from local public 'grot-spots'. LIONAL 1 is 'over the top and exaggerating some points'. People who PAY Council Tax and KEEP people in Jobs should always have a *****Volunteer ***choice of litter picking and on ****Council Land as they pay Council Tax. The 'Health and Safety' point smacks of 'stone-age politically correct negative brainwashed 'Trade Unionism'. Which is currently the blight of many British Industries and actually is some cases is losing British Jobs throughout Britain, because of 'sheer arrogant dinosaur Union selfish intransience'. I am sure Volunteer will be **briefed before the 'volunteer Litter Picks' and will use their 'non-interference Union' common sense when it comes to ***Health and Safety issues. However I do agree that by LAW, by a NEW *****statutory Law that most *****long term benefit drawing workshy should ALSO be GRAFTING and doing WORK, picking up public litter for so many hours a week say at least 25 or so,, if they refuse they LOSE all 'nappy nanny-state benefits'. The should EARN their 'long term free state benefits.. We ALL have to work, **Voluntary or otherwise so why not ? many of the long term free Benefit's avoid work at all costs, 'Sit on your butts';. Workshy., most of whom (not all) who do precisely *NIL work for the 'Community or the Country'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -1

5:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Be honest many of todays 'older-unemployed youth' (not all) would refuse ***point blank to pick up litter. Most would complain after ten minutes that Quote, 'This is too much like hard work and my back is killing me, I need a smoking break them I am going straight home. I have personally witnessed this 'bone idle attitude and mentality' on a number of occasions, the average age of the unemployed young men concerned were 19 to 22 Years, the majority of whom stated they would rather stay on 'free Dole benefits' than do any work of any kind....an attitude which can only be described as ***learned *workshy-pathetic..
Be honest many of todays 'older-unemployed youth' (not all) would refuse ***point blank to pick up litter. Most would complain after ten minutes that Quote, 'This is too much like hard work and my back is killing me, I need a smoking break them I am going straight home. I have personally witnessed this 'bone idle attitude and mentality' on a number of occasions, the average age of the unemployed young men concerned were 19 to 22 Years, the majority of whom stated they would rather stay on 'free Dole benefits' than do any work of any kind....an attitude which can only be described as ***learned *workshy-pathetic.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

sefa wrote:
What happened to all these community service orders that are handed out by courts everyday?!

We should have an absolutely spotless town. If there's anything that community service should do is give back to the community and what better way than making sure our streets are clean.

I wonder if any of the orders are actually carried out. Have you ever seen any people doing community service in this town? I've seen them once clearing ice from pavements.
I was on the beach at Saltburn a few month ago when a bunch of young women dressed to the nines came along and judging by their conversation they were obviously on community service orders.

It was pathetic. They had one rubbish grabber between eight of them. They missed 8 bits of rubbish for every one they picked up and were unsupervised. If you are looking to this as a solution you will be disappointed. Where are the people on community service in Darlington? What do they do?

DBC are responsible for cleaning public areas and prosecuting and policing those who litter. They do neither well Darlington is one of the dirtiest places there is.

I have no problem with helping the community but am I going to pay DBC to keep the streets clean and then do it myself? I don't think so because DBC are taking the mick. The more you do the less they will
[quote][p][bold]sefa[/bold] wrote: What happened to all these community service orders that are handed out by courts everyday?! We should have an absolutely spotless town. If there's anything that community service should do is give back to the community and what better way than making sure our streets are clean. I wonder if any of the orders are actually carried out. Have you ever seen any people doing community service in this town? I've seen them once clearing ice from pavements.[/p][/quote]I was on the beach at Saltburn a few month ago when a bunch of young women dressed to the nines came along and judging by their conversation they were obviously on community service orders. It was pathetic. They had one rubbish grabber between eight of them. They missed 8 bits of rubbish for every one they picked up and were unsupervised. If you are looking to this as a solution you will be disappointed. Where are the people on community service in Darlington? What do they do? DBC are responsible for cleaning public areas and prosecuting and policing those who litter. They do neither well Darlington is one of the dirtiest places there is. I have no problem with helping the community but am I going to pay DBC to keep the streets clean and then do it myself? I don't think so because DBC are taking the mick. The more you do the less they will Homshaw1
  • Score: 13

5:17pm Mon 7 Apr 14

andygib263 says...

These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault
These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault andygib263
  • Score: -6

5:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

I have personally witnessed some of these so called 'Court Order Community Service Litter clean up 'Picks ups' and it beggars all belief', most (not all) are a complete and utter shocking waste of ***Taxpayers money and are as much use as a **litter blown splattered crime preventive chocolate fireguard'... A fair number of 'Courtees' involved (not all) just do NOT want to work of any description and have to be virtually **driven and ***cajoled to pick up just one piece of litter,, you are fighting years of historical negative British State 'learned helplessness', caused by years of pathetic ***liberal and ***left wing minded backed **nappy-state free state benefits...........a
nykind of.....public..work is a dirty word.
I have personally witnessed some of these so called 'Court Order Community Service Litter clean up 'Picks ups' and it beggars all belief', most (not all) are a complete and utter shocking waste of ***Taxpayers money and are as much use as a **litter blown splattered crime preventive chocolate fireguard'... A fair number of 'Courtees' involved (not all) just do NOT want to work of any description and have to be virtually **driven and ***cajoled to pick up just one piece of litter,, you are fighting years of historical negative British State 'learned helplessness', caused by years of pathetic ***liberal and ***left wing minded backed **nappy-state free state benefits...........a nykind of.....public..work is a dirty word. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

Normally this is the sort of thing I'd like to get involved in, but as we pay some of the highest Council Taxes in the country I really don't see why I should bother.

Darlington Council should be ashamed of themselves- but they obviously won't be.
Normally this is the sort of thing I'd like to get involved in, but as we pay some of the highest Council Taxes in the country I really don't see why I should bother. Darlington Council should be ashamed of themselves- but they obviously won't be. johnny_p
  • Score: 11

7:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Oh the irony. I've been trying to get the Council to clear up a load of fly tipping and rubbish near to where I live for 4 (yes that's four) weeks now. Have spoke to numerous different people and supervisors as well. Same old fob-off. Same old story. They're too lazy top do what we pay them for. Definitely NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!
Oh the irony. I've been trying to get the Council to clear up a load of fly tipping and rubbish near to where I live for 4 (yes that's four) weeks now. Have spoke to numerous different people and supervisors as well. Same old fob-off. Same old story. They're too lazy top do what we pay them for. Definitely NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 6

10:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

diga says...

Topcat28 wrote:
I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live.
I took part in a litter pick and a bit of pruning at Maidendale last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Topcat28[/bold] wrote: I really wouldn't mind spending some free time doing this. Let's keep our communities clean and have some pride in where we live.[/p][/quote]I took part in a litter pick and a bit of pruning at Maidendale last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. :-) diga
  • Score: -2

11:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Hunty1 says...

And when you're finished they'll increase the council tax!
And when you're finished they'll increase the council tax! Hunty1
  • Score: 6

8:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

andygib263 wrote:
These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault
I was called out to my workplace at 8.00 this morning because the guy from Rentokill was looking at a rat problem. (found one in the toilet bowlL)The main problem is lots of fast food waste on a public highway. I ask the council to clean it. They do it once then never come back.

IT'S THE COUNCIL'S FAULT. THEY'RE C***.
[quote][p][bold]andygib263[/bold] wrote: These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault[/p][/quote]I was called out to my workplace at 8.00 this morning because the guy from Rentokill was looking at a rat problem. (found one in the toilet bowlL)The main problem is lots of fast food waste on a public highway. I ask the council to clean it. They do it once then never come back. IT'S THE COUNCIL'S FAULT. THEY'RE C***. Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

5:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

loopeyloo75 says...

Loads of dog walkers in the south park do this daily because we have to much scum living in Darlington and the council do not seem to bothered about emptying bins.
Loads of dog walkers in the south park do this daily because we have to much scum living in Darlington and the council do not seem to bothered about emptying bins. loopeyloo75
  • Score: 5

12:07am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

Did someone mention "photo shoot"? Jenny Chapman will be there also then!!
Did someone mention "photo shoot"? Jenny Chapman will be there also then!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 5

9:13am Fri 11 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

I would be more than willing to use some of my free time to assist with a litter pick around Darlington, but not on a voluntary level, I would expect a substantial rebate of my current council tax (now nearly £1k per year).

If that is not acceptable to the local coucil then why not as someone else stated, make the able bodied out of work milkers of the benefit system get their hands dirty by carrying out the cleanup before giving them access to another penny.
I would be more than willing to use some of my free time to assist with a litter pick around Darlington, but not on a voluntary level, I would expect a substantial rebate of my current council tax (now nearly £1k per year). If that is not acceptable to the local coucil then why not as someone else stated, make the able bodied out of work milkers of the benefit system get their hands dirty by carrying out the cleanup before giving them access to another penny. MartinMo
  • Score: 3

9:22am Fri 11 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

andygib263 wrote:
These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault

And if for decades the local coucils actually used the money collected from council tax and provided the services expected by the community then we would not not voluntary litter picks.

I am employed to carry out a specific job whilst cleaners are payed to keep the working environment tidy. If the cleaners did a poor job would my employer be justified to request that I volunteer to mop the floors........
andygib263 wrote: These community litter picking events have gone on for decades and have nothing to do with the council cut backs. If anyone in the community wants to serve there community then let them do it and stop thinking its always the councils fault And if for decades the local coucils actually used the money collected from council tax and provided the services expected by the community then we would not not voluntary litter picks. I am employed to carry out a specific job whilst cleaners are payed to keep the working environment tidy. If the cleaners did a poor job would my employer be justified to request that I volunteer to mop the floors........ MartinMo
  • Score: 1

9:57pm Fri 11 Apr 14

bambara says...

So funny that a bunch of right wing UKKKIP and tory posters immediately jump on any story like this and start posting more rubbish than will ever be picked up in the litter pick.
Not one piece of evidence to back what they say, but that is the right wing way of doing things, if you shout the lies loud enough and for long enough people will eventually start to believe them.

Remember this though, Durham County Council just won a national award, from an independant body as THE MOST EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE council in the coutry.

The councils of the Northeast has been starved of money by the tories who have changed the formula used to allocate that money to take from the north and give to the south, and yet Durham are still the most efficient council in the country.
And that is a fact, based on the evidence reported in the Northern Echo just last week.
So funny that a bunch of right wing UKKKIP and tory posters immediately jump on any story like this and start posting more rubbish than will ever be picked up in the litter pick. Not one piece of evidence to back what they say, but that is the right wing way of doing things, if you shout the lies loud enough and for long enough people will eventually start to believe them. Remember this though, Durham County Council just won a national award, from an independant body as THE MOST EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE council in the coutry. The councils of the Northeast has been starved of money by the tories who have changed the formula used to allocate that money to take from the north and give to the south, and yet Durham are still the most efficient council in the country. And that is a fact, based on the evidence reported in the Northern Echo just last week. bambara
  • Score: -2

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