Community pulls together to find ways to improve Darlington neighbourhood

POLICE TALKS: Residents attend the consultation event held by Darlington police to talk about what they like and don’t like about Northgate. Pictured are Chief Superintendent Graham Hall and PC John Forster Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

POLICE TALKS: Residents attend the consultation event held by Darlington police to talk about what they like and don’t like about Northgate Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

First published in News

DIFFERENT ways to improve a North-East community were explored by dozens of residents at unique event this weekend.

More than 100 people attended the event, which was organised by officers and staff from Darlington police and held at the town's Corporation Road Primary School on Saturday (June 21).

It gave residents in Northgate the chance to discuss what they like about the area, what could be improved, and how it could be achieved.

PC John Forster, who helped host the event, said the aim of the day was to get different people working together and discussing ways to solve local problems.

“People were really surprised with it - they said they didn’t expect it to be anything like what it was,” he said.

“They thought they were going to be preached at, but the day was more about them and what they think, rather than us.”

Participants were split into groups and worked together to identify problems in the community, and what could be done to solve them.

PC Forster added: “It was a really good day.

"The people of Northgate are its biggest asset and they didn’t let us down. They were really interested and wanted to take part.

“We have to keep the momentum going now and keep them working together to find out how to take things forward.”

He said another event will be planned in the future which residents will be invited to attend.

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4:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Madadrian says...

I didn't bother going because the last event I attended like this had the residents being blamed by the police and council officers for all the problems. I even recall a set of placards set up by the DWP insinuating the people of this area were engaged in fraudulently claiming benefits. I took great delight one morning on my way to work in cutting down as many as I could find.

This is a comparitively law abiding area compared to the last place we lived. Most of the problems are caused by those passing through from the town centre with inconsiderate parking, littering and speeding motorists.
I didn't bother going because the last event I attended like this had the residents being blamed by the police and council officers for all the problems. I even recall a set of placards set up by the DWP insinuating the people of this area were engaged in fraudulently claiming benefits. I took great delight one morning on my way to work in cutting down as many as I could find. This is a comparitively law abiding area compared to the last place we lived. Most of the problems are caused by those passing through from the town centre with inconsiderate parking, littering and speeding motorists. Madadrian
  • Score: 10

4:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

The police are only interested in publicity stunts. There usually input into the community is minimal. I don't know why he things people would let the police preach to them. The people who turn up are hardly likely to be those causing trouble

The area is generally a good place to live with a small number of people who make life uncomfortable. The biggest problem is dirty streets. The council are poor at keeping the streets tidy and policing people who fly tip. The two councillors don't live in the area and are of little use.
The police are only interested in publicity stunts. There usually input into the community is minimal. I don't know why he things people would let the police preach to them. The people who turn up are hardly likely to be those causing trouble The area is generally a good place to live with a small number of people who make life uncomfortable. The biggest problem is dirty streets. The council are poor at keeping the streets tidy and policing people who fly tip. The two councillors don't live in the area and are of little use. Homshaw1
  • Score: 12

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