Proposals to form elected committee of Darlington traders to highlight issues to council

Beryl Hankin, of Guru Boutique

Beryl Hankin, of Guru Boutique

First published in News

AN elected committee of traders could be set up in a bid to highlight issues faced by Darlington’s business community.

Following recent conflict around parking issues in the town, leading businesswoman Beryl Hankin has called for traders to band together.

Ms Hankin – who has run the town’s Guru Boutique for more than 40 years – wants to set up a committee that would meet regularly with Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon and other council members.

She believes having a dedicated committee of traders representing businesses from across Darlington would “reduce justifiable conflict to a minimum and really benefit the town.”

She said: “There are other groups who are consulted at the planning stages of proposed changes or asked for ideas, so why not involve the people who know about their parts of the town centre?

“We all want the same thing, which is the continued success of our beloved town, and it seems to me that to involve an elected body of people with direct experience in this way would avoid a lot of mistrust, misunderstandings, pain, wasted energy and money.”

She added: “Each part of town has its own issues and only the people trying to cope with those issues know what might help to solve them.

“Huge consultations don’t work, they just result in confusion and somebody in the town hall deciding for us in the end.

“There is a wealth of local knowledge and experience out here and we’re all willing to be unpaid consultants.

“We could never do what the council does but we do know about retail and we care about our public and have an idea of what they expect from a good town centre.”

The committee would work separately to Distinct Darlington, the town's business improvement district (Bid), a non-political body which takes a levy from businesses to finance projects aimed at improving Darlington.

Nicola Reading, the chair of BID, said: “It’s a very different thing as it’s about politics and pushing for a better town in that way.

“There may be people willing to stand up and be counted and good luck to her, I would love to see something come about as a result of her passion.”

Darlington Borough Council’s leader Councillor Bill Dixon said a meeting had already been arranged with a number of town centre traders to discuss their issues and concerns.

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4:41pm Mon 7 Jul 14

oliviaden6 says...

In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.
In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies. oliviaden6
  • Score: -1

4:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager.

They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for.

The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services.

Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body.
I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager. They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for. The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services. Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body. Homshaw1
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager.

They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for.

The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services.

Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body.
its a 3x3 triple plea
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager. They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for. The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services. Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body.[/p][/quote]its a 3x3 triple plea LUSTARD
  • Score: 6

7:50pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

LUSTARD wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote:
I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager.

They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for.

The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services.

Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body.
its a 3x3 triple plea
if the businesses, council, and public cant agree, The Devil Will Ride You Three Times Three
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: I thought there was a Business Engagement Team, a Town Centre Manager, a Director of Place and a BID Manager. They council probably know what the problems are for small businesses. and if they don't what are we paying these people for. The problem is the council has lost control of its finances and wants money from wherever it can get it and wants to spend no money on Town centre services. Can't do any harm but I can't see it helping. I notice Bill Dixon avoided any commitment to discussions with a formal representative body.[/p][/quote]its a 3x3 triple plea[/p][/quote]if the businesses, council, and public cant agree, The Devil Will Ride You Three Times Three LUSTARD
  • Score: 4

8:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.
bills on beryls facebook page, friends...
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.[/p][/quote]bills on beryls facebook page, friends... LUSTARD
  • Score: 9

12:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

Spy Boy says...

LUSTARD wrote:
oliviaden6 wrote:
In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.
bills on beryls facebook page, friends...
I guess he has to be under the circumstances, Lustard. He ain't on mine, despite requests. Nor is David Cameron LOL. Beryl is and I think she is doing a great job for the town. If the council leaders had a fraction of her enthusiasm and passion, the town would look and feel a lot better.
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.[/p][/quote]bills on beryls facebook page, friends...[/p][/quote]I guess he has to be under the circumstances, Lustard. He ain't on mine, despite requests. Nor is David Cameron LOL. Beryl is and I think she is doing a great job for the town. If the council leaders had a fraction of her enthusiasm and passion, the town would look and feel a lot better. Spy Boy
  • Score: 8

12:59am Tue 8 Jul 14

359282 says...

At least the traders are professionals, rather than the amateur councillor sand incompetent council officers
At least the traders are professionals, rather than the amateur councillor sand incompetent council officers 359282
  • Score: 3

11:15am Tue 8 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

Spy Boy wrote:
LUSTARD wrote:
oliviaden6 wrote:
In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.
bills on beryls facebook page, friends...
I guess he has to be under the circumstances, Lustard. He ain't on mine, despite requests. Nor is David Cameron LOL. Beryl is and I think she is doing a great job for the town. If the council leaders had a fraction of her enthusiasm and passion, the town would look and feel a lot better.
i know what you mean about enthusiasm and passion, last year at the great yorkshire i happened upon a little tent full to the gunnells of people exhibiting rats, pet rats, all coloures and all very well fed. one youngster was cuddling one and letting it lick her lips, i looked around, all the exhibitors had black hair, mostly grossly over wheigt, and all had a lot of spots, iknew just how theyd got them, i asked the mother of this child if shed heard of weills disease, she said yes but only wild rats get that, and continued to allow her bairn to carry on, my miniature jack russell was looking at the rat then at me, his tail was erect and his eyes intent, he was waiting for the nod, thats the Word, ,, thats the passion, i tightened his collar another notch, i didnt want to unleash hell.
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: In principal the idea is good but i fear it would only be stonewalled by Bill and his Buddies.[/p][/quote]bills on beryls facebook page, friends...[/p][/quote]I guess he has to be under the circumstances, Lustard. He ain't on mine, despite requests. Nor is David Cameron LOL. Beryl is and I think she is doing a great job for the town. If the council leaders had a fraction of her enthusiasm and passion, the town would look and feel a lot better.[/p][/quote]i know what you mean about enthusiasm and passion, last year at the great yorkshire i happened upon a little tent full to the gunnells of people exhibiting rats, pet rats, all coloures and all very well fed. one youngster was cuddling one and letting it lick her lips, i looked around, all the exhibitors had black hair, mostly grossly over wheigt, and all had a lot of spots, iknew just how theyd got them, i asked the mother of this child if shed heard of weills disease, she said yes but only wild rats get that, and continued to allow her bairn to carry on, my miniature jack russell was looking at the rat then at me, his tail was erect and his eyes intent, he was waiting for the nod, thats the Word, ,, thats the passion, i tightened his collar another notch, i didnt want to unleash hell. LUSTARD
  • Score: 11

9:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Border Terrier says...

The rot set in with the hideous pedestrianisation of the town center.
The rot set in with the hideous pedestrianisation of the town center. Border Terrier
  • Score: 1

10:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

snudge says...

Good luck to them though I fear that they are wasting their time
Good luck to them though I fear that they are wasting their time snudge
  • Score: 1

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