Respected Darlington trader calls on council to improve town centre

RALLYING CALL: Beryl Hankin, of Guru Boutique, in Darlington

RALLYING CALL: Beryl Hankin, of Guru Boutique, in Darlington

First published in News

A LONG-STANDING Darlington trader has called on the town’s council to provide a better deal for visitors and businesses.

Beryl Hankin, the owner of Guru Boutique, spoke out on behalf of a group of Darlington residents and business-owners.

Ms Hankin, who has run the Blackwellgate shop for more than 40 years, publicly called on Darlington Borough Council to improve the town centre.

She said: “Please give visitors, trades-people and the general public a better deal when they come into our town centre. We need them and they like us.”

Ms Hankin listed the town’s positive qualities - its mix of businesses, historic features, attractions and traditional market hall - before accusing the council of not doing enough to give people the incentive to visit.

Acknowledging the council is in a difficult predicament ,she added: “If something is not done about this, then at some point in the not too distant future, we might not retain all of the excellent attractions we have now.

“Show the people who want to visit us as much hospitality as possible and give them the good deal on parking and access which they deserve, make it easier for delivery people to do their jobs and make it easier for people to gain access with their cars to pick up heavy goods.”

She called on planners to stop the spread of the town and suggested re-opening public toilets in the market building and cleaning up the old town hall.

She said business people and members of the public had been expected to ‘put up and shut up’ for far too long and added: “Our public are our lifeblood, so reward their loyalty, please their eyes and their ranks will swell.

“If we invest in these things, we can’t go wrong. It’s all here for the asking but the door is not as open as it should be.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council strives to further develop the town and works closely in partnership with our private sector including the Business Improvement District, which aims to increase footfall, and make the town cleaner, safer and welcoming for all.

“We welcome comments and suggestions to help to improve the town centre and its amenities to help ensure Darlington remains well positioned for business.”

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6:48pm Tue 1 Jul 14

oliviaden6 says...

Not a hope in Hell's chance! This town needs hope in Hell chance.
This town is on the slippery slope to nowhere with the leadership that is at its helm. The town needs a clean sweep get rid of the incompetent incumbants and lets start afresh. Bill and his buddies have stitched us all up and will carry on doing so lets get rid NOW.
Not a hope in Hell's chance! This town needs hope in Hell chance. This town is on the slippery slope to nowhere with the leadership that is at its helm. The town needs a clean sweep get rid of the incompetent incumbants and lets start afresh. Bill and his buddies have stitched us all up and will carry on doing so lets get rid NOW. oliviaden6
  • Score: 40

7:00pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Gamechanger says...

Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough
Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough Gamechanger
  • Score: 56

7:24pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

In agreement with previous comments. The "incumbents" in charge seem to have encouraged the pie shops and pound shops while allowing more classy shops (remember Dressers?) to close. In turn brings more of the chav-mentality shoppers to the town. Not all hopeless, there is a new deli opening in the old Natrass shop. Still enough Darlingtonians who are proud of our town and will not give in without a fight. Good for Ms Hankin.
Support from our well-paid civil servants please ! Less tat and more substance..? Help with parking charges, toilets etc. too right !!!
In agreement with previous comments. The "incumbents" in charge seem to have encouraged the pie shops and pound shops while allowing more classy shops (remember Dressers?) to close. In turn brings more of the chav-mentality shoppers to the town. Not all hopeless, there is a new deli opening in the old Natrass shop. Still enough Darlingtonians who are proud of our town and will not give in without a fight. Good for Ms Hankin. Support from our well-paid civil servants please ! Less tat and more substance..? Help with parking charges, toilets etc. too right !!! Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 55

8:13pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jan Van-Winkel says...

I'm with Beryl 100%
I'm with Beryl 100% Jan Van-Winkel
  • Score: 36

8:39pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Darloresident says...

Well said Beryl!!!!
Will Puffing Billy Dixon listen though??? Probably not.. He and his overpaid and under achieving mates will carry on with their own agenda which involves milking motorists for every penny and doing nothing to discourage the youth of the town making the centre their own playground.Everyone but the council knows what needs to be done to bring the town centre back to a focal point for residents and visitors alike (just read the comments Bill).
When will confirmation of the cinema etc.. project be announced?The lack of information is worrying..It is already behind the announced schedule and still as I understand no concrete commitments have been signed and sealed..
Well said Beryl!!!! Will Puffing Billy Dixon listen though??? Probably not.. He and his overpaid and under achieving mates will carry on with their own agenda which involves milking motorists for every penny and doing nothing to discourage the youth of the town making the centre their own playground.Everyone but the council knows what needs to be done to bring the town centre back to a focal point for residents and visitors alike (just read the comments Bill). When will confirmation of the cinema etc.. project be announced?The lack of information is worrying..It is already behind the announced schedule and still as I understand no concrete commitments have been signed and sealed.. Darloresident
  • Score: 32

10:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

D. Hop says...

Good luck, lets hope this is the start of some real change.
Good luck, lets hope this is the start of some real change. D. Hop
  • Score: 20

11:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

colin atkins says...

The council who supposedly run the beautiful town of Darlington, only think of one thing. (themselves). And to hell with the people who have lived in the town, all there lives. Get rid of the lot of them.
The council who supposedly run the beautiful town of Darlington, only think of one thing. (themselves). And to hell with the people who have lived in the town, all there lives. Get rid of the lot of them. colin atkins
  • Score: 26

1:18am Wed 2 Jul 14

Spy Boy says...

Gamechanger wrote:
Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough
Let's get revenue from littering and stop parking fees. I thought that the BiD people were supposed to look at this? The pavements outside fast food joints are a mess.
[quote][p][bold]Gamechanger[/bold] wrote: Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough[/p][/quote]Let's get revenue from littering and stop parking fees. I thought that the BiD people were supposed to look at this? The pavements outside fast food joints are a mess. Spy Boy
  • Score: 21

2:23am Wed 2 Jul 14

SirLance says...

Gamechanger makes a valid point, likewise Spy Boy is also on the money! What has happened to the Public Conveniences in the town center? That's a disgrace and I would have thought almost a contravention of a local bylaw? Last year I visited the town and noticed the litter and chewing gum spats on the paving there! Post House Wynd had lost all of it's charming little shops! It was a sad thing to see after not being in the town for so many years! The parking was expensive for the 'return value in shops' I found the walk from Sainsbury's car park to the town easy to do but very cold and blowy! If it was raining --forget it! Does the main market get used on Mondays? It used to be quite an attraction many years ago, packed with traders from all over the North! Sadly i didn't see it last visit! Maybe things will have improved by 2015 for next trip?
Gamechanger makes a valid point, likewise Spy Boy is also on the money! What has happened to the Public Conveniences in the town center? That's a disgrace and I would have thought almost a contravention of a local bylaw? Last year I visited the town and noticed the litter and chewing gum spats on the paving there! Post House Wynd had lost all of it's charming little shops! It was a sad thing to see after not being in the town for so many years! The parking was expensive for the 'return value in shops' I found the walk from Sainsbury's car park to the town easy to do but very cold and blowy! If it was raining --forget it! Does the main market get used on Mondays? It used to be quite an attraction many years ago, packed with traders from all over the North! Sadly i didn't see it last visit! Maybe things will have improved by 2015 for next trip? SirLance
  • Score: 23

7:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

English lad says...

Gamechanger wrote:
Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough
A bit more like Harrogate? Darlo is now a p1key town, well below the standard of middlesbrough!
[quote][p][bold]Gamechanger[/bold] wrote: Chavvs need to stop spitting gum all over the place and stop dropping their pasty wrappers in the street for a start. Drop the price of parking to £1 all day Saturday. Traders need to wise- up, sell what people want to buy and open later. Make the town a bit more Harrogate and a bit less Middlesbrough[/p][/quote]A bit more like Harrogate? Darlo is now a p1key town, well below the standard of middlesbrough! English lad
  • Score: 7

7:29am Wed 2 Jul 14

lozzaa says...

lets get a bus station and make the town for people to walk round ,instead of having to dodge buses which dont exactly go slow.also a public toilet would be nice.
lets get a bus station and make the town for people to walk round ,instead of having to dodge buses which dont exactly go slow.also a public toilet would be nice. lozzaa
  • Score: 15

8:08am Wed 2 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

Another nameless council spokesperson naming failed strategies. BID is a hindrance not a help. You see pairs of rangers walking the town but seem to do little. Why does any activity remotely connected to the council require people to wo rk in pairs so what is a semi-skilled activity ends up costing what you would pay a kighly qualified professional.
Another nameless council spokesperson naming failed strategies. BID is a hindrance not a help. You see pairs of rangers walking the town but seem to do little. Why does any activity remotely connected to the council require people to wo rk in pairs so what is a semi-skilled activity ends up costing what you would pay a kighly qualified professional. Homshaw1
  • Score: 16

8:46am Wed 2 Jul 14

Darloresident says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Another nameless council spokesperson naming failed strategies. BID is a hindrance not a help. You see pairs of rangers walking the town but seem to do little. Why does any activity remotely connected to the council require people to wo rk in pairs so what is a semi-skilled activity ends up costing what you would pay a kighly qualified professional.
couple of Rangers mooching round the town yesterday.One slovenly girl with her hands in her pockets and a guy with a big radio in his back pocket wearing orange t shirts - one with Ranger printed on the back and the other with nothing at all printed on it.The trousers are more like military fatigues - They certainly did not look smart ,tidy and business like.
Hardly a great advert for our town centre.By the way what are they supposed to be doing wandering around and why do they have to be in pairs?
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Another nameless council spokesperson naming failed strategies. BID is a hindrance not a help. You see pairs of rangers walking the town but seem to do little. Why does any activity remotely connected to the council require people to wo rk in pairs so what is a semi-skilled activity ends up costing what you would pay a kighly qualified professional.[/p][/quote]couple of Rangers mooching round the town yesterday.One slovenly girl with her hands in her pockets and a guy with a big radio in his back pocket wearing orange t shirts - one with Ranger printed on the back and the other with nothing at all printed on it.The trousers are more like military fatigues - They certainly did not look smart ,tidy and business like. Hardly a great advert for our town centre.By the way what are they supposed to be doing wandering around and why do they have to be in pairs? Darloresident
  • Score: 19

1:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

tinbasher says...

i now shop in stocton teeside park and the borough its 15 mins away and easier to get to , i had 2 pcn this year because our comunist council change rules due to sheer greed .no doubt dixon will want to sue me for freedom of speech , how dare i. get rid of this council a give the people a chance
i now shop in stocton teeside park and the borough its 15 mins away and easier to get to , i had 2 pcn this year because our comunist council change rules due to sheer greed .no doubt dixon will want to sue me for freedom of speech , how dare i. get rid of this council a give the people a chance tinbasher
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

kristal27 says...

Awake-in-Darlo wrote:
In agreement with previous comments. The "incumbents" in charge seem to have encouraged the pie shops and pound shops while allowing more classy shops (remember Dressers?) to close. In turn brings more of the chav-mentality shoppers to the town. Not all hopeless, there is a new deli opening in the old Natrass shop. Still enough Darlingtonians who are proud of our town and will not give in without a fight. Good for Ms Hankin.
Support from our well-paid civil servants please ! Less tat and more substance..? Help with parking charges, toilets etc. too right !!!
the council do not 'encourage' pie shops and pound shops -they pay the same business rates as the more 'classy' (your term not mine) shops. Nor did the 'allow' Dressers to close (not sure what they could have done to stop them) Pound shops and pasty shops are what the majority of people want and use or they would close and go elsewhere. -Darlo is Darlo not Harrogate or Northtallerton for that matter. One thing the council CAN do is MAKE charity shops pay rates and rent like everyone else -they are taking over Darlington and small businesses just can't compete with organisations that get free rent/rates free goods to sell and volunteers to work in them!
[quote][p][bold]Awake-in-Darlo[/bold] wrote: In agreement with previous comments. The "incumbents" in charge seem to have encouraged the pie shops and pound shops while allowing more classy shops (remember Dressers?) to close. In turn brings more of the chav-mentality shoppers to the town. Not all hopeless, there is a new deli opening in the old Natrass shop. Still enough Darlingtonians who are proud of our town and will not give in without a fight. Good for Ms Hankin. Support from our well-paid civil servants please ! Less tat and more substance..? Help with parking charges, toilets etc. too right !!![/p][/quote]the council do not 'encourage' pie shops and pound shops -they pay the same business rates as the more 'classy' (your term not mine) shops. Nor did the 'allow' Dressers to close (not sure what they could have done to stop them) Pound shops and pasty shops are what the majority of people want and use or they would close and go elsewhere. -Darlo is Darlo not Harrogate or Northtallerton for that matter. One thing the council CAN do is MAKE charity shops pay rates and rent like everyone else -they are taking over Darlington and small businesses just can't compete with organisations that get free rent/rates free goods to sell and volunteers to work in them! kristal27
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Wed 2 Jul 14

RealLivin says...

Obviously nobody has cottoned onto DBC business plans yet, how can we not understand Bill & Ada are much better value for money than public toilets, we value the costs of running this council so highly that the streetscene guys, bin men and other council workers (workers I think are defined as people who actually do something) where happy to take pay cuts or loose their jobs, we are so proud of Darlington we are happy to clean our streets after the rif raf have dropped litter every where and while we are there a few parks need attention as well. This privilege does come with a price, but I am sure we are happy to pay increased council taxes so our hard working council members can claim their fully deserved wages and expenses. For this they will grant us more pound shops and charity shops so we can spend what is left of our meager wages as long as we dont drive into town and park as thats reserved for the rich out of towners flocking in Darlington. We are obviously none to bright as we cannot see the greatness here
Obviously nobody has cottoned onto DBC business plans yet, how can we not understand Bill & Ada are much better value for money than public toilets, we value the costs of running this council so highly that the streetscene guys, bin men and other council workers (workers I think are defined as people who actually do something) where happy to take pay cuts or loose their jobs, we are so proud of Darlington we are happy to clean our streets after the rif raf have dropped litter every where and while we are there a few parks need attention as well. This privilege does come with a price, but I am sure we are happy to pay increased council taxes so our hard working council members can claim their fully deserved wages and expenses. For this they will grant us more pound shops and charity shops so we can spend what is left of our meager wages as long as we dont drive into town and park as thats reserved for the rich out of towners flocking in Darlington. We are obviously none to bright as we cannot see the greatness here RealLivin
  • Score: 15

3:48pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Swainston73 says...

I am with Beryl on this, Darlington Town Centre has so much potential if left in the right hands & managed correctley. It is totaly disgraceful that so many small, independant traders are going to the wall because of the lack of footfall in the town, ridiculous parking charges & power happy traffic/ civil enforcement officers, the lack of adequate toilet facilities, business rates & the lack of a central bus station or park and ride. The so called out door market is an epic fail, bring back the market to its original site of the market square. The council in their obligated capacity should encourage business not hinder it. I was born here in Darlington in the year of 1973 and I can remember as a child how busy this town used to get, but alas its not like that these days. There are so many issues that these incompetant baffoons that sit in the town hall need to adress. Take the South Park for example, they spent god knows much money on revamping it & to what end ? The place is a mess, weeds in the flower beds, fountains that do not work, we have a large show field that does not get used as much as it should, think of the revenue that could be generated from that. This is also a town with great historical significance, being the place of the birth of the railways & yet I see not much evidence of the promotion of this apart from the Head Of steam Museum , which I may add is pretty **** good. Its time we had younger, forward thinking people standing for election & I may just be considering this Myself. I am for Darlington, the people and local business.
I am with Beryl on this, Darlington Town Centre has so much potential if left in the right hands & managed correctley. It is totaly disgraceful that so many small, independant traders are going to the wall because of the lack of footfall in the town, ridiculous parking charges & power happy traffic/ civil enforcement officers, the lack of adequate toilet facilities, business rates & the lack of a central bus station or park and ride. The so called out door market is an epic fail, bring back the market to its original site of the market square. The council in their obligated capacity should encourage business not hinder it. I was born here in Darlington in the year of 1973 and I can remember as a child how busy this town used to get, but alas its not like that these days. There are so many issues that these incompetant baffoons that sit in the town hall need to adress. Take the South Park for example, they spent god knows much money on revamping it & to what end ? The place is a mess, weeds in the flower beds, fountains that do not work, we have a large show field that does not get used as much as it should, think of the revenue that could be generated from that. This is also a town with great historical significance, being the place of the birth of the railways & yet I see not much evidence of the promotion of this apart from the Head Of steam Museum , which I may add is pretty **** good. Its time we had younger, forward thinking people standing for election & I may just be considering this Myself. I am for Darlington, the people and local business. Swainston73
  • Score: 25

5:16pm Wed 2 Jul 14

DarloXman says...

RealLivin wrote:
Obviously nobody has cottoned onto DBC business plans yet, how can we not understand Bill & Ada are much better value for money than public toilets, we value the costs of running this council so highly that the streetscene guys, bin men and other council workers (workers I think are defined as people who actually do something) where happy to take pay cuts or loose their jobs, we are so proud of Darlington we are happy to clean our streets after the rif raf have dropped litter every where and while we are there a few parks need attention as well. This privilege does come with a price, but I am sure we are happy to pay increased council taxes so our hard working council members can claim their fully deserved wages and expenses. For this they will grant us more pound shops and charity shops so we can spend what is left of our meager wages as long as we dont drive into town and park as thats reserved for the rich out of towners flocking in Darlington. We are obviously none to bright as we cannot see the greatness here
I must be as 'thick' as you RealLivin!

Well said.
[quote][p][bold]RealLivin[/bold] wrote: Obviously nobody has cottoned onto DBC business plans yet, how can we not understand Bill & Ada are much better value for money than public toilets, we value the costs of running this council so highly that the streetscene guys, bin men and other council workers (workers I think are defined as people who actually do something) where happy to take pay cuts or loose their jobs, we are so proud of Darlington we are happy to clean our streets after the rif raf have dropped litter every where and while we are there a few parks need attention as well. This privilege does come with a price, but I am sure we are happy to pay increased council taxes so our hard working council members can claim their fully deserved wages and expenses. For this they will grant us more pound shops and charity shops so we can spend what is left of our meager wages as long as we dont drive into town and park as thats reserved for the rich out of towners flocking in Darlington. We are obviously none to bright as we cannot see the greatness here[/p][/quote]I must be as 'thick' as you RealLivin! Well said. DarloXman
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mikyman says...

There are elections next May and now is the time for the 'silent' opposition to start to make waves to get rid of this lot.They have all been in for far too long.Its time for a change
The only problem is that there is no credible opposition in Darlo.
Keep up the pressure.
There are elections next May and now is the time for the 'silent' opposition to start to make waves to get rid of this lot.They have all been in for far too long.Its time for a change The only problem is that there is no credible opposition in Darlo. Keep up the pressure. mikyman
  • Score: 14

5:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Mugwumpus says...

Well said Beryl, I hope that they listen to you and take on board what you are saying and learn the error of their ways before it is too late for Darlington. We return every Summer from South Africa and every year the town centre looks more neglected with empty shops, fast food outlets and the discarded waste that inevitably litters the surrounding areas, not to mention the chewing gum on the pavements. It's time for the council to get their act together, get some serious litter wardens out there and impose heavy fines on the litterbugs. Keep Darlington clean and tidy, reduce parking costs,more public conveniences are of the utmost importance. Darlington will then start to be more welcoming and encourage shoppers into this lovely market town with all it has to offer and hopefully trade will pick up for Darlington shopkeepers and market stall holders.
Well said Beryl, I hope that they listen to you and take on board what you are saying and learn the error of their ways before it is too late for Darlington. We return every Summer from South Africa and every year the town centre looks more neglected with empty shops, fast food outlets and the discarded waste that inevitably litters the surrounding areas, not to mention the chewing gum on the pavements. It's time for the council to get their act together, get some serious litter wardens out there and impose heavy fines on the litterbugs. Keep Darlington clean and tidy, reduce parking costs,more public conveniences are of the utmost importance. Darlington will then start to be more welcoming and encourage shoppers into this lovely market town with all it has to offer and hopefully trade will pick up for Darlington shopkeepers and market stall holders. Mugwumpus
  • Score: 9

8:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

Swainston73 wrote:
I am with Beryl on this, Darlington Town Centre has so much potential if left in the right hands & managed correctley. It is totaly disgraceful that so many small, independant traders are going to the wall because of the lack of footfall in the town, ridiculous parking charges & power happy traffic/ civil enforcement officers, the lack of adequate toilet facilities, business rates & the lack of a central bus station or park and ride. The so called out door market is an epic fail, bring back the market to its original site of the market square. The council in their obligated capacity should encourage business not hinder it. I was born here in Darlington in the year of 1973 and I can remember as a child how busy this town used to get, but alas its not like that these days. There are so many issues that these incompetant baffoons that sit in the town hall need to adress. Take the South Park for example, they spent god knows much money on revamping it & to what end ? The place is a mess, weeds in the flower beds, fountains that do not work, we have a large show field that does not get used as much as it should, think of the revenue that could be generated from that. This is also a town with great historical significance, being the place of the birth of the railways & yet I see not much evidence of the promotion of this apart from the Head Of steam Museum , which I may add is pretty **** good. Its time we had younger, forward thinking people standing for election & I may just be considering this Myself. I am for Darlington, the people and local business.
i wont be voting for you swainston
[quote][p][bold]Swainston73[/bold] wrote: I am with Beryl on this, Darlington Town Centre has so much potential if left in the right hands & managed correctley. It is totaly disgraceful that so many small, independant traders are going to the wall because of the lack of footfall in the town, ridiculous parking charges & power happy traffic/ civil enforcement officers, the lack of adequate toilet facilities, business rates & the lack of a central bus station or park and ride. The so called out door market is an epic fail, bring back the market to its original site of the market square. The council in their obligated capacity should encourage business not hinder it. I was born here in Darlington in the year of 1973 and I can remember as a child how busy this town used to get, but alas its not like that these days. There are so many issues that these incompetant baffoons that sit in the town hall need to adress. Take the South Park for example, they spent god knows much money on revamping it & to what end ? The place is a mess, weeds in the flower beds, fountains that do not work, we have a large show field that does not get used as much as it should, think of the revenue that could be generated from that. This is also a town with great historical significance, being the place of the birth of the railways & yet I see not much evidence of the promotion of this apart from the Head Of steam Museum , which I may add is pretty **** good. Its time we had younger, forward thinking people standing for election & I may just be considering this Myself. I am for Darlington, the people and local business.[/p][/quote]i wont be voting for you swainston LUSTARD
  • Score: 0

8:11am Thu 3 Jul 14

Herorich says...

I've now moved out of Darlington as I am no longer proud of my birth town. I will shop elsewhere until it improves and certainly won't be paying to park. It strikes me that the impending extension of cinema and shops will further stretch the town the and kill off the current centre shops and restaurants on high row, Duke Street Skinner gate posthouse wynd and North Road. Oh and yet another cheap hotel.. to take business from the Kings head etc which already struggle. Is there a plan to attract new business?Aside from £, and charity shops?(I read plans for a Teesside Park at scotch corner and free parking with interest). People on here all complain about the council but then overwhelming vote for labour. I really don't understand, look at their track record here, look to the economy before the change of government, why are you supprised they are destroying the town? It seems the only things invested in are areas of the town where people are on benefits or traveller camps... Do either pay any tax? Those that do are ignored and are ever increasingly out numbered as they vote with their feet. No wonder the council struggles for funds... Oh and well done with Teesside airport....
I've now moved out of Darlington as I am no longer proud of my birth town. I will shop elsewhere until it improves and certainly won't be paying to park. It strikes me that the impending extension of cinema and shops will further stretch the town the and kill off the current centre shops and restaurants on high row, Duke Street Skinner gate posthouse wynd and North Road. Oh and yet another cheap hotel.. to take business from the Kings head etc which already struggle. Is there a plan to attract new business?Aside from £, and charity shops?(I read plans for a Teesside Park at scotch corner and free parking with interest). People on here all complain about the council but then overwhelming vote for labour. I really don't understand, look at their track record here, look to the economy before the change of government, why are you supprised they are destroying the town? It seems the only things invested in are areas of the town where people are on benefits or traveller camps... Do either pay any tax? Those that do are ignored and are ever increasingly out numbered as they vote with their feet. No wonder the council struggles for funds... Oh and well done with Teesside airport.... Herorich
  • Score: 6

4:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

Swainston73 says...

mikyman wrote:
There are elections next May and now is the time for the 'silent' opposition to start to make waves to get rid of this lot.They have all been in for far too long.Its time for a change
The only problem is that there is no credible opposition in Darlo.
Keep up the pressure.
Credible opposition is certainly a major factor here mikyman, but looking at the wider picture this situation is playing out in many other towns across the UK. As for silent opposition, that is the problem, to much silence from the general public, I think the forthcoming election results shall be very interesting.
[quote][p][bold]mikyman[/bold] wrote: There are elections next May and now is the time for the 'silent' opposition to start to make waves to get rid of this lot.They have all been in for far too long.Its time for a change The only problem is that there is no credible opposition in Darlo. Keep up the pressure.[/p][/quote]Credible opposition is certainly a major factor here mikyman, but looking at the wider picture this situation is playing out in many other towns across the UK. As for silent opposition, that is the problem, to much silence from the general public, I think the forthcoming election results shall be very interesting. Swainston73
  • Score: 1

12:06am Wed 9 Jul 14

JakeTodhunter says...

I'm glad Beryl speaks sense. From what I see, and this is MY opinion... the town is crap nowadays, I have no reason to go to our town when I can easily get the train to Harrogate, York, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, anywhere, because they all offer more. People say things like "oh we need a Nando's, or ZiZi, and an Apple Store", well there's a reason why we don't have any of that... the council make it so that these businesses are better off outside of Darlington. If Nando's were to open a restaurant in the middle of town, it wouldn't have it's own car park... where would people park? Metered streets, over - priced car parks? Yes, and would they get fined? Yes, because going out for a meal in your car in darlington will not take and hour... it never does... and you can't leave the restaurant to go and feed the meter more money... But hey, the town will be empty soon :-(.

And please don't bash charity shops until you've worked in one....
I'm glad Beryl speaks sense. From what I see, and this is MY opinion... the town is crap nowadays, I have no reason to go to our town when I can easily get the train to Harrogate, York, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, anywhere, because they all offer more. People say things like "oh we need a Nando's, or ZiZi, and an Apple Store", well there's a reason why we don't have any of that... the council make it so that these businesses are better off outside of Darlington. If Nando's were to open a restaurant in the middle of town, it wouldn't have it's own car park... where would people park? Metered streets, over - priced car parks? Yes, and would they get fined? Yes, because going out for a meal in your car in darlington will not take and hour... it never does... and you can't leave the restaurant to go and feed the meter more money... But hey, the town will be empty soon :-(. And please don't bash charity shops until you've worked in one.... JakeTodhunter
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