Darlington Council political leaders look ahead to 2014

The Advertiser Series: NEW YEAR MESSAGE: Darlington Council leader Bill Dixon NEW YEAR MESSAGE: Darlington Council leader Bill Dixon

With 2014 almost upon us, Vicki Henderson asked the leaders of the three political groups at Darlington Borough Council for their thoughts on what lies ahead for the town this coming year.

Councillor Bill Dixon, leader of the Labour group "My first hope for 2014 is that every resident has a happy and prosperous new year. "We all face another tough year, but if we work together we can keep Darlington a place where people are proud to live, work and raise their families. "My second hope for 2014 is that residents and traders will understand and be patient about the major disruption in our town centre during the building on the new office complex, multi -screen cinema/hotel and the much needed multi-storey car park. "These three developments will ensure Darlington's town centre has future as a vibrant place to shop and socialise, but we need to understand it will take time and inconvenience."

Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the Conservative group "I hope that we can all take responsibility for our actions and support other people who are less fortunate, whether that is because of illness, loneliness or other difficulties.

"Darlington has an amazing reputation for volunteering but there are opportunities for more people both young and old to become involved.

"We are all still feeling the problems caused by the recession but confidence is returning and jobs are being created.

I welcome the investments already confirmed, the Cinema complex, DFE Central Park, Lingfield Point and various housing plans but we must encourage more companies to come to Darlington to provide much needed employment particularly for young people.

"The education results for our primary schools is fantastic, but we are still not solving the problem of lack of skills for school leavers appropriate for our local employers.

"This must be a priority for 2014 so we can be the first choice of companies coming to the region."

Councillor Anne-Marie Curry, Liberal Democrat group leader "Liberal Democrats nationally and locally are working hard to build a stronger economy in a fairer society. In order to promote this for the benefit of Darlington in 2013 we would like to see more communities coming together to support each other and more new initiatives started to support the people who are struggling at this time.

"The Lib Dems would like to see more people looking out for each other and other people in their community.

"We would like to see more small and medium size businesses and traders in Darlington. This would see more empty shops being filled with innovative and unique business making Darlington the best place to visit. "Darlington's place in history with its rich railway heritage playing a full part in growth plans and the secure knowledge the museum will be the centre point for this economic growth.

"More volunteers and groups like Snow Patrol helping with gritting to clearing snow and ice, the Good Neighbour scheme and community action groups should continue to be created and grow as this will build stronger communities."

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2:31pm Tue 31 Dec 13

LUSTARD says...

the delhi government today cut the power tarrif in half, to benefit 28 lakh residents, splendid news for our indian cousins, what a start to the new year.
the delhi government today cut the power tarrif in half, to benefit 28 lakh residents, splendid news for our indian cousins, what a start to the new year. LUSTARD

2:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

LUSTARD says...

a lakh by the way is 100,000
a lakh by the way is 100,000 LUSTARD

3:08pm Tue 31 Dec 13

roaduser98 says...

unique business making Darlington the best place to visit

Not even if you paid me to go would I ever consider darlo a place to do business. Its a place to avoid at any cost!
unique business making Darlington the best place to visit Not even if you paid me to go would I ever consider darlo a place to do business. Its a place to avoid at any cost! roaduser98

3:22pm Tue 31 Dec 13

MSG says...

I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive !
I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive ! MSG

5:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

English lad says...

New year, new town, welcome to DIddy Coy Darlington!!!
New year, new town, welcome to DIddy Coy Darlington!!! English lad

6:52pm Tue 31 Dec 13

laughingboy51 says...

and hopefully a new council, led by someone who knows what they are talking about!
and hopefully a new council, led by someone who knows what they are talking about! laughingboy51

6:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

Another year of misery being screwed by incompetent dopes?
Another year of misery being screwed by incompetent dopes? oliviaden6

8:01pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Lifetime Townie says...

MSG wrote:
I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive !
I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax..
[quote][p][bold]MSG[/bold] wrote: I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive ![/p][/quote]I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax.. Lifetime Townie

9:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

darloboss says...

Lifetime Townie wrote:
MSG wrote:
I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive !
I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax..
agreed
the top of the tree is bending soon your going to fall give us a chance go now
[quote][p][bold]Lifetime Townie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MSG[/bold] wrote: I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive ![/p][/quote]I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax..[/p][/quote]agreed the top of the tree is bending soon your going to fall give us a chance go now darloboss

10:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Spy Boy says...

How long before we get to vote them out ?
How long before we get to vote them out ? Spy Boy

8:23am Wed 1 Jan 14

BMD says...

Spy Boy wrote:
How long before we get to vote them out ?
May 2015, it will be easier to extract chickhens teeth, than get rid of Dixon and Burns!
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: How long before we get to vote them out ?[/p][/quote]May 2015, it will be easier to extract chickhens teeth, than get rid of Dixon and Burns! BMD

10:59am Wed 1 Jan 14

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

This town cannot look forward with these thieves in power. The sooner they are ousted the better for everyone.

It will definitely be a case of good riddance to bad rubbish.
This town cannot look forward with these thieves in power. The sooner they are ousted the better for everyone. It will definitely be a case of good riddance to bad rubbish. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

11:30am Wed 1 Jan 14

Crocket68 says...

Maybe if they didn't waste so much money and didn't pay such high wages to themselves the cuts wouldn't be needed. Also they should start collecting tax from the men and their families in the mattress vans! About time they paid their way instead of getting a free ride.
Maybe if they didn't waste so much money and didn't pay such high wages to themselves the cuts wouldn't be needed. Also they should start collecting tax from the men and their families in the mattress vans! About time they paid their way instead of getting a free ride. Crocket68

2:31pm Wed 1 Jan 14

tomtopper says...

Last place on earth that I'd want to visit...
Last place on earth that I'd want to visit... tomtopper

4:11pm Wed 1 Jan 14

onionseller says...

No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds. onionseller

5:35pm Wed 1 Jan 14

craiggraham says...

Bill Dixon and all the councilers are all on the take................
..all con men,,,,Fact
Bill Dixon and all the councilers are all on the take................ ..all con men,,,,Fact craiggraham

5:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

spragger says...

'a place where people are proud to live, work and raise their families'
To help achieve this when is Dixon leaving?
'a place where people are proud to live, work and raise their families' To help achieve this when is Dixon leaving? spragger

6:19pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Little Yellow bird says...

onionseller wrote:
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
Liberal quote in the paper mentions Railway Heritage and the Museum. This report has been edited.
[quote][p][bold]onionseller[/bold] wrote: No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.[/p][/quote]Liberal quote in the paper mentions Railway Heritage and the Museum. This report has been edited. Little Yellow bird

6:21pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Little Yellow bird says...

onionseller wrote:
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington.
[quote][p][bold]onionseller[/bold] wrote: No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.[/p][/quote]Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington. Little Yellow bird

7:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

onionseller says...

Little Yellow bird wrote:
onionseller wrote:
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington.
Yes I missed that. I could only read the first bit of the report before I fell asleep
[quote][p][bold]Little Yellow bird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onionseller[/bold] wrote: No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.[/p][/quote]Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington.[/p][/quote]Yes I missed that. I could only read the first bit of the report before I fell asleep onionseller

7:19pm Wed 1 Jan 14

onionseller says...

Little Yellow bird wrote:
onionseller wrote:
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington.
Yes I missed that .I fell asleep halfway through reading it
[quote][p][bold]Little Yellow bird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onionseller[/bold] wrote: No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.[/p][/quote]Liberal Democrats did mention Railway Heritage and the Museum when this report was printed in the paper. Editing has cut that hope for Darlington.[/p][/quote]Yes I missed that .I fell asleep halfway through reading it onionseller

1:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pager11 says...

Had to laugh Bill said "we all face another tough year", we means plural, what a set of embarassing idiots we have.
Had to laugh Bill said "we all face another tough year", we means plural, what a set of embarassing idiots we have. pager11

2:11pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Lifetime Townie says...

onionseller wrote:
No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.
We used to have a model of LOCO 1 on High Row. Why don't the council put it back in it's place to show our railway heritage at the focal point of the town?
[quote][p][bold]onionseller[/bold] wrote: No mention from any of the lablib cllrs regarding the promotion of Darlington s heritage. Are they ashamed of our place in history. They want to eradicate anything to do with the historical Darlington-Stockton railway. The museum is under constant threat and the old track bed up to Middleton St George is left to rot. With the right promotion it could attract thousands of tourist pounds.[/p][/quote]We used to have a model of LOCO 1 on High Row. Why don't the council put it back in it's place to show our railway heritage at the focal point of the town? Lifetime Townie

5:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Assurance says...

Question: Why cannot the Locomotion No.1 be returned to a spot near it's original place in the town centre?
Question: How many of our present councillors have ever seen the original track bed of the S&DR that extends beyond the A66 bypass all the way to MSG and beyond?
Question: Why cannot the Locomotion No.1 be returned to a spot near it's original place in the town centre? Question: How many of our present councillors have ever seen the original track bed of the S&DR that extends beyond the A66 bypass all the way to MSG and beyond? Assurance

5:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Homshaw1 says...

It will be another year of c**p services from a badly run council but I'll be forced to pay more rates and everyone will blindly vote Labour at the next election.

As Forest Gumo says "S*** Happens"
It will be another year of c**p services from a badly run council but I'll be forced to pay more rates and everyone will blindly vote Labour at the next election. As Forest Gumo says "S*** Happens" Homshaw1

5:43pm Thu 2 Jan 14

roaduser98 says...

Lifetime Townie wrote:
MSG wrote:
I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive !
I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax..
Include the PCC as well! This 'quango' serves no useful purpose other than to create a rift between the council and senior police officers. Save £86000 a year straight away! How much does the CE of council get a year?
[quote][p][bold]Lifetime Townie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MSG[/bold] wrote: I hope the new year will bring a new council leader and the removal of the highly paid post of Chief Executive ![/p][/quote]I will vote for these two ideas. I would save a fortune and allow more front line employees keep their jobs Just ask any of the residents which they would prefer, our services or a highly paid top heavy town hall hierarchy who have no idea of how to manage our council tax..[/p][/quote]Include the PCC as well! This 'quango' serves no useful purpose other than to create a rift between the council and senior police officers. Save £86000 a year straight away! How much does the CE of council get a year? roaduser98

6:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

DarloXman says...

Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum.

In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?
Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum. In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately? DarloXman

7:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

DarloXman wrote:
Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum.

In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?
Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this.

Power corrupts absolutely!
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum. In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?[/p][/quote]Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this. Power corrupts absolutely! thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

8:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Lifetime Townie says...

thetruththewholetrut
handnothingbutthetru
th
wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum.

In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?
Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this.

Power corrupts absolutely!
Excluding the directors in the town hall she gets at least twice as much as the assistant directors. How is she worth this much and how is it that despite opposition from the residents, the council can continue to pay this in preference to providing basic services to the public??
[quote][p][bold]thetruththewholetrut handnothingbutthetru th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum. In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?[/p][/quote]Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this. Power corrupts absolutely![/p][/quote]Excluding the directors in the town hall she gets at least twice as much as the assistant directors. How is she worth this much and how is it that despite opposition from the residents, the council can continue to pay this in preference to providing basic services to the public?? Lifetime Townie

10:23pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Alan Macnab says...

Assurance I have seen the track and am working with the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to raise the national and international profile of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the first steam powered passenger railway in the world and it happened right here.
Assurance I have seen the track and am working with the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to raise the national and international profile of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the first steam powered passenger railway in the world and it happened right here. Alan Macnab

10:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

Lifetime Townie wrote:
thetruththewholetrut

handnothingbutthetru

th
wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum.

In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?
Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this.

Power corrupts absolutely!
Excluding the directors in the town hall she gets at least twice as much as the assistant directors. How is she worth this much and how is it that despite opposition from the residents, the council can continue to pay this in preference to providing basic services to the public??
Even with the £30,000 "adjustment" it is still pretty offensive Ada Burns gets such a huge salary! And the rest of them. Notice I did not say "earns".
There is a job ad. in the Guardian for a "Director of Economic Growth" here in Darlo at a salary of £115,000 per annum. Would be ironic if it wasn`t tragic.
Who are these people ? Meanwhile back in the real world, the town suffers. Corrupt ? or inept ? Cloud cuckoo land .
[quote][p][bold]Lifetime Townie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetruththewholetrut handnothingbutthetru th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Ada Burns earns c. £190,000 per annum. In order to try and make this figure appear less offensive it is quoted as £160,000 salary and £30,000 pension! Where else other than the public sector are pension contributions quoted separately?[/p][/quote]Just goes to show the disparity between the thieves in the council and everyone else. 30 grand a year in pension contributions. ..omfg! How oh how did it ever come to this. Power corrupts absolutely![/p][/quote]Excluding the directors in the town hall she gets at least twice as much as the assistant directors. How is she worth this much and how is it that despite opposition from the residents, the council can continue to pay this in preference to providing basic services to the public??[/p][/quote]Even with the £30,000 "adjustment" it is still pretty offensive Ada Burns gets such a huge salary! And the rest of them. Notice I did not say "earns". There is a job ad. in the Guardian for a "Director of Economic Growth" here in Darlo at a salary of £115,000 per annum. Would be ironic if it wasn`t tragic. Who are these people ? Meanwhile back in the real world, the town suffers. Corrupt ? or inept ? Cloud cuckoo land . Awake-in-Darlo

10:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Alan Macnab wrote:
Assurance I have seen the track and am working with the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to raise the national and international profile of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the first steam powered passenger railway in the world and it happened right here.
You couldn't have seen the track, it ain't there. You've probably driven on it.

Tarmac ya trackbed, Sor? Begorrah, bejayzuz!!
[quote][p][bold]Alan Macnab[/bold] wrote: Assurance I have seen the track and am working with the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to raise the national and international profile of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the first steam powered passenger railway in the world and it happened right here.[/p][/quote]You couldn't have seen the track, it ain't there. You've probably driven on it. Tarmac ya trackbed, Sor? Begorrah, bejayzuz!! Jackaranda

12:46am Fri 3 Jan 14

johnny_p says...

Happy New Year Councillor Dixon and I hope you enjoy quaffing fine wines while the rest of us struggle to pay our council tax bills.
Happy New Year Councillor Dixon and I hope you enjoy quaffing fine wines while the rest of us struggle to pay our council tax bills. johnny_p

11:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

Alan Macnab says...

Jackaranda. It's a footpath and cycleway now.
Jackaranda. It's a footpath and cycleway now. Alan Macnab

12:33pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Crocket68 says...

More should have been made of the birth of the railways in our area. The bypass from Haughton Road up to the A66 should surely be named after George Stephenson or something to do with the railways? Can you imagine how much money would have been made from tourists if a replica train ran on the site? Another lost opportunity.
More should have been made of the birth of the railways in our area. The bypass from Haughton Road up to the A66 should surely be named after George Stephenson or something to do with the railways? Can you imagine how much money would have been made from tourists if a replica train ran on the site? Another lost opportunity. Crocket68

3:51pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Assurance says...

Jacaranda,
I know the track is not there anymore, but up until fairly recently one or two stone 'sleeper' blocks were still on the 'trackside' and would make great souvenirs for display in one's garden if one had the means of moving them!
Jacaranda, I know the track is not there anymore, but up until fairly recently one or two stone 'sleeper' blocks were still on the 'trackside' and would make great souvenirs for display in one's garden if one had the means of moving them! Assurance

6:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

loan_star says...

Bill Dixon is a hypocrite, he is trying to wash Darlington of its railway heritage and yet slags off the current government on his face book page over this article...

http://www.theguardi
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Bill Dixon is a hypocrite, he is trying to wash Darlington of its railway heritage and yet slags off the current government on his face book page over this article... http://www.theguardi an.com/culture/2013/ dec/01/world-war-i-c entenary-imperial-wa r-museum-privatisati on loan_star

9:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Alan Macnab says...

Don't worry loan star plans to protect and develop Darlington's railway heritage are now well advanced and cannot be derailed (sorry for the pun!!) by anyone. Rest assured no one will obstruct or seek to destroy what has been achieved and will be achieved in the next few years.
Don't worry loan star plans to protect and develop Darlington's railway heritage are now well advanced and cannot be derailed (sorry for the pun!!) by anyone. Rest assured no one will obstruct or seek to destroy what has been achieved and will be achieved in the next few years. Alan Macnab

11:16pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lifetime Townie says...

Alan Macnab wrote:
Don't worry loan star plans to protect and develop Darlington's railway heritage are now well advanced and cannot be derailed (sorry for the pun!!) by anyone. Rest assured no one will obstruct or seek to destroy what has been achieved and will be achieved in the next few years.
I hope that DBC are included in the plans because up to now we only see negative comments from them!
[quote][p][bold]Alan Macnab[/bold] wrote: Don't worry loan star plans to protect and develop Darlington's railway heritage are now well advanced and cannot be derailed (sorry for the pun!!) by anyone. Rest assured no one will obstruct or seek to destroy what has been achieved and will be achieved in the next few years.[/p][/quote]I hope that DBC are included in the plans because up to now we only see negative comments from them! Lifetime Townie

4:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Alan Macnab says...

Lifetime Townie. DBC have been very helpful in superimposing the 1825 line of the S & D Railway onto a modern map.
Lifetime Townie. DBC have been very helpful in superimposing the 1825 line of the S & D Railway onto a modern map. Alan Macnab

1:02am Sun 5 Jan 14

behonest says...

I believe the next council elections are in 2015.

I believe Darlington Labour council has imposed the maximum annual council tax increases permitted by law, for several years - and up until 2015.

So 2015 is our chance to get rid of these thieving and incompetent Labour c*nts!
I believe the next council elections are in 2015. I believe Darlington Labour council has imposed the maximum annual council tax increases permitted by law, for several years - and up until 2015. So 2015 is our chance to get rid of these thieving and incompetent Labour c*nts! behonest

7:33am Sun 5 Jan 14

BMD says...

Alan Macnab wrote:
Jackaranda. It's a footpath and cycleway now.
A little used footpath and cycleway - Not to worry Alan, it was over budget, over delayed and Darlington's railway heritage over-paved.

Let’s hope it’s over for this Labour council.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Macnab[/bold] wrote: Jackaranda. It's a footpath and cycleway now.[/p][/quote]A little used footpath and cycleway - Not to worry Alan, it was over budget, over delayed and Darlington's railway heritage over-paved. Let’s hope it’s over for this Labour council. BMD

12:27am Mon 6 Jan 14

shadow35 says...

Great more chaios in the town. Need more parking spaces not a great big bloody cinema and hotel theres plenty of hotels in darlington. All their bothered about is bringing more people to darlington why dnt they think about the people who have to live in darlington. Its already really hard to get into town ie traffic wardens ticketing cars for no reason and the constant traffic. I believe the council should get off their high horses and try living on the same money the same lifestyles and most darlington residents. Ive been in darlington nearly 25 years born and raised and I have never been so ashammed to live here. Absolute idiots the council.
Great more chaios in the town. Need more parking spaces not a great big bloody cinema and hotel theres plenty of hotels in darlington. All their bothered about is bringing more people to darlington why dnt they think about the people who have to live in darlington. Its already really hard to get into town ie traffic wardens ticketing cars for no reason and the constant traffic. I believe the council should get off their high horses and try living on the same money the same lifestyles and most darlington residents. Ive been in darlington nearly 25 years born and raised and I have never been so ashammed to live here. Absolute idiots the council. shadow35

9:01am Mon 6 Jan 14

craiggraham says...

I know a counciler and she told me its rife with councilers abusing their positions (on the take)
They should all be sacked for taking the p./;s out of the taxpayers of this town.
I know a counciler and she told me its rife with councilers abusing their positions (on the take) They should all be sacked for taking the p./;s out of the taxpayers of this town. craiggraham

10:00am Tue 7 Jan 14

miketually says...

Alan Macnab wrote:
Lifetime Townie. DBC have been very helpful in superimposing the 1825 line of the S & D Railway onto a modern map.
Alan, are you including Sustrans in the plans? The D-S line forms part of their route to Stockton.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Macnab[/bold] wrote: Lifetime Townie. DBC have been very helpful in superimposing the 1825 line of the S & D Railway onto a modern map.[/p][/quote]Alan, are you including Sustrans in the plans? The D-S line forms part of their route to Stockton. miketually

12:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Alan Macnab says...

Yes Mike. Sustrans were in right at the start of the project and they are being kept up to date with progress.
Yes Mike. Sustrans were in right at the start of the project and they are being kept up to date with progress. Alan Macnab

1:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

miketually says...

That's great; are there any plans to open up the westward (from Darlington) part of the route for cycling?
That's great; are there any plans to open up the westward (from Darlington) part of the route for cycling? miketually

7:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Savant_NE says...

Darlington can be a place to proud to live, work and raise families.The building programmes are progressing , but where are the initiatives for higher paid work.If Sunderland University gets the go-ahead to build a Techinical College in Newton Aycliffe ,Teesside University in Darlington may be seem as been asleep on the job.Darlington needs to now re-develop an identity as in the past for its manufacturing not just as a commuter town with no jobs for the young.
Darlington can be a place to proud to live, work and raise families.The building programmes are progressing , but where are the initiatives for higher paid work.If Sunderland University gets the go-ahead to build a Techinical College in Newton Aycliffe ,Teesside University in Darlington may be seem as been asleep on the job.Darlington needs to now re-develop an identity as in the past for its manufacturing not just as a commuter town with no jobs for the young. Savant_NE

7:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Savant_NE says...

Perhaps there should be a survey organised by Darlington Council of its residents to ask 'Where will your sons and daughters be working in 3 years time" , It may help them to realise how desparate things are .
Perhaps there should be a survey organised by Darlington Council of its residents to ask 'Where will your sons and daughters be working in 3 years time" , It may help them to realise how desparate things are . Savant_NE

8:41pm Mon 13 Jan 14

miketually says...

Savant_NE wrote:
Darlington can be a place to proud to live, work and raise families.The building programmes are progressing , but where are the initiatives for higher paid work.If Sunderland University gets the go-ahead to build a Techinical College in Newton Aycliffe ,Teesside University in Darlington may be seem as been asleep on the job.Darlington needs to now re-develop an identity as in the past for its manufacturing not just as a commuter town with no jobs for the young.
I believe that there are plans for a bunch of bio-chem jobs, based on Central Park.
[quote][p][bold]Savant_NE[/bold] wrote: Darlington can be a place to proud to live, work and raise families.The building programmes are progressing , but where are the initiatives for higher paid work.If Sunderland University gets the go-ahead to build a Techinical College in Newton Aycliffe ,Teesside University in Darlington may be seem as been asleep on the job.Darlington needs to now re-develop an identity as in the past for its manufacturing not just as a commuter town with no jobs for the young.[/p][/quote]I believe that there are plans for a bunch of bio-chem jobs, based on Central Park. miketually

4:42pm Wed 22 Jan 14

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