South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

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A POPULAR cafe in a Darlington park has been taken over by the council to keep it open after a private operator pulled out.

The South Park cafe was closed over the winter period but has now reopened its doors in time for the Easter holidays under the management of Darlington Borough Council.

The cafe will open each day during school holidays and on Saturdays and Sundays during term-time, from 10am to 5pm.

The cafe, close to the bowling greens and the park clock, will serve breakfast, snacks and lunches and also has ice creams and hot drinks.

Lynn Wake, service manager for Darlington Borough Council, said: “It’s such a great café and I know a lot of people have fond memories of coming here as a child so it’s fantastic that we can help future generations to enjoy it.”

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5:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

behonest says...

Can DBC confirm this cafe will not make a loss, and therefore cost the taxpayer, whilst they are running it?
DBC should be using council taxpayers money to provide essential services, not run cafe's. No wonder this Labour council keep hitting us with maximum council tax increases.
Can DBC confirm this cafe will not make a loss, and therefore cost the taxpayer, whilst they are running it? DBC should be using council taxpayers money to provide essential services, not run cafe's. No wonder this Labour council keep hitting us with maximum council tax increases. behonest
  • Score: -19

6:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

stevegg says...

In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do?
In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do? stevegg
  • Score: -12

10:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

Whilst I would be the first to agree that the council have made some daft decisions, I applaud them for reopening the cafe facility at South Park .
We are lucky to have such a lovely park and should be doing all we can to provide facilities for visitors. We should not assume that the cafe will run at a loss. They should reshuffle funds from elsewhere or stretch the parks budget to get it up and running. Some of us like to get out in the fresh air, the kids love the place,after all the park is one place they haven`t sold off !
Best of luck and hope they do a proper job.
Whilst I would be the first to agree that the council have made some daft decisions, I applaud them for reopening the cafe facility at South Park . We are lucky to have such a lovely park and should be doing all we can to provide facilities for visitors. We should not assume that the cafe will run at a loss. They should reshuffle funds from elsewhere or stretch the parks budget to get it up and running. Some of us like to get out in the fresh air, the kids love the place,after all the park is one place they haven`t sold off ! Best of luck and hope they do a proper job. Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 33

10:03am Thu 17 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

If they can't run a café where they are effectively paying no rent at a profit they are incompetent. Is it better to have an empty building and no jobs?

it's the number of highly paid council officials that keep appearing out of the woodwork that cause more of an issue. Protect the delivery of front line service and tackle overstaffing is the way forward for me
If they can't run a café where they are effectively paying no rent at a profit they are incompetent. Is it better to have an empty building and no jobs? it's the number of highly paid council officials that keep appearing out of the woodwork that cause more of an issue. Protect the delivery of front line service and tackle overstaffing is the way forward for me Homshaw1
  • Score: 12

2:02pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Lionel1 says...

stevegg wrote:
In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do?
Why would money need to be found? If run properly it'll generate revenue and therefore pay for itself having no impact on Council budgets! It may even make a few quid...
[quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do?[/p][/quote]Why would money need to be found? If run properly it'll generate revenue and therefore pay for itself having no impact on Council budgets! It may even make a few quid... Lionel1
  • Score: 8

6:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

grandmab says...

I would love to go to South park but it takes me 45 minutes by bus(2), not including the walk time between, from Harrowgate Hill. That is if I can get on with my walking frame. The walk to the second bus in town is problematic and I cannot go on a Sunday because I can't manage the hill to the only Sunday bus service. Life has not been the same since they axed the #23. The new 14A nearly does it but only goes to Asda via Haughton RD. I think somebody hates our estate.
I would love to go to South park but it takes me 45 minutes by bus(2), not including the walk time between, from Harrowgate Hill. That is if I can get on with my walking frame. The walk to the second bus in town is problematic and I cannot go on a Sunday because I can't manage the hill to the only Sunday bus service. Life has not been the same since they axed the #23. The new 14A nearly does it but only goes to Asda via Haughton RD. I think somebody hates our estate. grandmab
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

Lionel1 wrote:
stevegg wrote:
In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do?
Why would money need to be found? If run properly it'll generate revenue and therefore pay for itself having no impact on Council budgets! It may even make a few quid...
Make a profit? That would be a novelty for the council. Good luck with this one. No doubt the prices will rise to the level of other council run food outlets. They will be working on the idea of the Captive Audience. Same principle as the Cinemas use. While they're here, rob them blind.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: In this climate of austerity and service cuts I think this is an extravagance they shouldnt be funding with our money. Funny how the money is there when its something THEY want to do?[/p][/quote]Why would money need to be found? If run properly it'll generate revenue and therefore pay for itself having no impact on Council budgets! It may even make a few quid...[/p][/quote]Make a profit? That would be a novelty for the council. Good luck with this one. No doubt the prices will rise to the level of other council run food outlets. They will be working on the idea of the Captive Audience. Same principle as the Cinemas use. While they're here, rob them blind. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

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