Warnings about lack of car parking space in Darlington over Christmas before multi-storey car park is built

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HIGHWAYS officials have admitted there is a risk of a ‘pinch point’ with a lack of parking in Darlington over the Christmas period before a new multi-storey car park is completed.

Building on the multi-storey car park at Beaumont Street is due to start in May, to replace spaces lost by the proposed cinema and leisure development on the current Feethams car park, next to the town hall.

Work on the cinema development is due to begin in September, but the multi-storey car park is not expected to be completed until May 2015, leaving an eight month gap when parking availability in the town will be reduced.

Owen Wilson, highways officer for the council told the authority’s place scrutiny committee: “The two developments are linked. We don’t want to start the multi-storey car park until we are 100 per cent sure that the cinema development is going ahead.

“There is no reason to think it won’t but it’s a lot of money to risk if we are not sure. There will be a pinch point in November-December but we are looking at ways to get around that.”

Among the proposals for the busy Christmas shopping period is a park and ride system operating from Darlington College.

Councillor Bob Carson, member for Pierremont, said: “There is a danger that businesses could go under if it’s chaotic and no-one wants to come to Darlington for Christmas shopping.

“There are car parks that are under used at the moment – it’s a question of encouraging people to use car parks such as Kendrew Street. We need to look at better signage for the remaining car parks.”

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1:36pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time?
How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time? Mike2012
  • Score: -9

2:34pm Sun 9 Feb 14

loan_star says...

Why not set up a park and ride whilst the disruption is on?
Why not set up a park and ride whilst the disruption is on? loan_star
  • Score: 2

4:43pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

Mike2012 wrote:
How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time?
Darlington should be encouraging people from a wide area to use its town centre. People should no more be expected to walk to Darlington Town centre anymore than they should to Tessside Park, Middlesbrough or the Metro Centre.

It's this sort of disdain for potential shoppers and the business that they bring that is ruining the Town Centre.Not every one lives close enough to walk. You are lucky if it is the case

We need a proper bus station like Middlesbrough - not having stands spread out over half a mile with a real problem finding the stand you need. We need toilets. People have to pee. We need parking charges that don't put people off using Darlington. I despair for Darlington Town Centre. It is going down the drain
[quote][p][bold]Mike2012[/bold] wrote: How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time?[/p][/quote]Darlington should be encouraging people from a wide area to use its town centre. People should no more be expected to walk to Darlington Town centre anymore than they should to Tessside Park, Middlesbrough or the Metro Centre. It's this sort of disdain for potential shoppers and the business that they bring that is ruining the Town Centre.Not every one lives close enough to walk. You are lucky if it is the case We need a proper bus station like Middlesbrough - not having stands spread out over half a mile with a real problem finding the stand you need. We need toilets. People have to pee. We need parking charges that don't put people off using Darlington. I despair for Darlington Town Centre. It is going down the drain Homshaw1
  • Score: 16

5:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

QUOTE : "Owen Wilson, highways officer for the council told the authority’s place scrutiny committee: “The two developments are linked. We don’t want to start the multi-storey car park until we are 100 per cent sure that the cinema development is going ahead."

Easy answer ; Don't build it then. Do the council have no actual plan of action on this ? You must formulate an ongoing plan and have the new car park operational BEFORE you start the new cinema / hotel complex. Surely there must be some plan in place. This is all so simple that it beggars belief that our overpaid council can't actually work it out. What the hell do we pay them for. Ridiculous.

As for Park and Ride : Unless there is a security presence in the car parks the idea of leaving a lot of cars in a remote field is sure to attract every thief in the area. The cars park up, the people catch the bus to town and the thieves know that they have a couple of hours to steal from the vehicle, or steal the vehicle itself. Right, so there are security people set on to watch the car park and there is a charge to cover their wages ( Plus a chunk to some council appointed chairperson who gets the money for nothing. ) As there is now a parking charge, the council will send in the parking wardens to enforce the parking and they will be lashing out the tickets left, right and centre. Then everyone gets fed up and drives into town and struggles to find a car park. They can't find one and so they go to Teesside Park or Middlesbrough and never come back to shop in Darlington again. The knock on effect is that even more shops close in town.

At some point this inept council will run out of Screw money out of everyone for everything schemes and where will they be then ? Maybe they'll retire on some huge pension schemes and leave someone else to sort it all out. On top of all this, they are commencing work on yet another expensive, ill-timed and ill-thought out scheme to turn the ring road into some sort of perverted one way system. The traffic will flow, but only around in circles. How much is this costing us ? I know that, whatever it costs us, it will cost our traders more. 2014 will see the closure of many more of our small businesses and probably one or two large ones. That's my take on the issue, I wonder what the council's take is.
QUOTE : "Owen Wilson, highways officer for the council told the authority’s place scrutiny committee: “The two developments are linked. We don’t want to start the multi-storey car park until we are 100 per cent sure that the cinema development is going ahead." Easy answer ; Don't build it then. Do the council have no actual plan of action on this ? You must formulate an ongoing plan and have the new car park operational BEFORE you start the new cinema / hotel complex. Surely there must be some plan in place. This is all so simple that it beggars belief that our overpaid council can't actually work it out. What the hell do we pay them for. Ridiculous. As for Park and Ride : Unless there is a security presence in the car parks the idea of leaving a lot of cars in a remote field is sure to attract every thief in the area. The cars park up, the people catch the bus to town and the thieves know that they have a couple of hours to steal from the vehicle, or steal the vehicle itself. Right, so there are security people set on to watch the car park and there is a charge to cover their wages ( Plus a chunk to some council appointed chairperson who gets the money for nothing. ) As there is now a parking charge, the council will send in the parking wardens to enforce the parking and they will be lashing out the tickets left, right and centre. Then everyone gets fed up and drives into town and struggles to find a car park. They can't find one and so they go to Teesside Park or Middlesbrough and never come back to shop in Darlington again. The knock on effect is that even more shops close in town. At some point this inept council will run out of Screw money out of everyone for everything schemes and where will they be then ? Maybe they'll retire on some huge pension schemes and leave someone else to sort it all out. On top of all this, they are commencing work on yet another expensive, ill-timed and ill-thought out scheme to turn the ring road into some sort of perverted one way system. The traffic will flow, but only around in circles. How much is this costing us ? I know that, whatever it costs us, it will cost our traders more. 2014 will see the closure of many more of our small businesses and probably one or two large ones. That's my take on the issue, I wonder what the council's take is. Spy Boy
  • Score: 8

7:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

The absence of any logical planning to work the Cinema project, New carpark and Ring Road modifications together into one single major plan is really amazing. I have no doubt that the problems that will arise can be seen already by any first year student construction engineer. But what about our town hall experts?
The absence of any logical planning to work the Cinema project, New carpark and Ring Road modifications together into one single major plan is really amazing. I have no doubt that the problems that will arise can be seen already by any first year student construction engineer. But what about our town hall experts? Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 11

8:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Border Terrier says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Mike2012 wrote:
How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time?
Darlington should be encouraging people from a wide area to use its town centre. People should no more be expected to walk to Darlington Town centre anymore than they should to Tessside Park, Middlesbrough or the Metro Centre.

It's this sort of disdain for potential shoppers and the business that they bring that is ruining the Town Centre.Not every one lives close enough to walk. You are lucky if it is the case

We need a proper bus station like Middlesbrough - not having stands spread out over half a mile with a real problem finding the stand you need. We need toilets. People have to pee. We need parking charges that don't put people off using Darlington. I despair for Darlington Town Centre. It is going down the drain
Not going! Gone down the drain. Pathetic dump!
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike2012[/bold] wrote: How about this? WALK, some people may want to try it some time?[/p][/quote]Darlington should be encouraging people from a wide area to use its town centre. People should no more be expected to walk to Darlington Town centre anymore than they should to Tessside Park, Middlesbrough or the Metro Centre. It's this sort of disdain for potential shoppers and the business that they bring that is ruining the Town Centre.Not every one lives close enough to walk. You are lucky if it is the case We need a proper bus station like Middlesbrough - not having stands spread out over half a mile with a real problem finding the stand you need. We need toilets. People have to pee. We need parking charges that don't put people off using Darlington. I despair for Darlington Town Centre. It is going down the drain[/p][/quote]Not going! Gone down the drain. Pathetic dump! Border Terrier
  • Score: 6

8:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

MSG says...

It will be off to Teesside Park & Middlesbrough this xmas for free parking for me.
Sadly Darlington Borough Council have run the town centre and the borough into the ground.

SACK OVERPAID BURNS & DIXON NOW !!!!!!!!
It will be off to Teesside Park & Middlesbrough this xmas for free parking for me. Sadly Darlington Borough Council have run the town centre and the borough into the ground. SACK OVERPAID BURNS & DIXON NOW !!!!!!!! MSG
  • Score: 22

11:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

tabby67 says...

I agree with MSG im afraid there is nothing in the town centre,lots of empty shops, sandwich shops, mobile phone shops and a large variety of charity shops......ummmmmmm I don't think so!

yes dixon needs to go and so do the rest of the crusty old ****
I agree with MSG im afraid there is nothing in the town centre,lots of empty shops, sandwich shops, mobile phone shops and a large variety of charity shops......ummmmmmm I don't think so! yes dixon needs to go and so do the rest of the crusty old **** tabby67
  • Score: 15

12:23am Mon 10 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

I'm afraid Bill and his band are doing the town no favours. Maybe they have another agenda ?
I'm afraid Bill and his band are doing the town no favours. Maybe they have another agenda ? Spy Boy
  • Score: 9

9:27am Mon 10 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

Spy Boy wrote:
I'm afraid Bill and his band are doing the town no favours. Maybe they have another agenda ?
From all the consultation meetings that have been held and the residents comments ignored then it looks like the council always have there own agenda Whatever the subject
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid Bill and his band are doing the town no favours. Maybe they have another agenda ?[/p][/quote]From all the consultation meetings that have been held and the residents comments ignored then it looks like the council always have there own agenda Whatever the subject Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 11

12:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

QUOTE : "Owen Wilson, highways officer for the council told the authority’s place scrutiny committee: “The two developments are linked. We don’t want to start the multi-storey car park until we are 100 per cent sure that the cinema development is going ahead."
Doubts about the cinema project already? Sounds like a replay of the Commercial St. development, we've seen it all before!!
QUOTE : "Owen Wilson, highways officer for the council told the authority’s place scrutiny committee: “The two developments are linked. We don’t want to start the multi-storey car park until we are 100 per cent sure that the cinema development is going ahead." Doubts about the cinema project already? Sounds like a replay of the Commercial St. development, we've seen it all before!! Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 10

3:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

miketually says...

Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?
Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces? miketually
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

miketually wrote:
Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?
Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses?

Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?[/p][/quote]Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses? Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel. Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

6:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

miketually says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
miketually wrote:
Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?
Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses?

Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.
Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine.

Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again.

"My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?[/p][/quote]Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses? Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.[/p][/quote]Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine. Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again. "My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals. miketually
  • Score: -2

7:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

I'd like to propose that Darlington allow free parking in all of its designated car parks for one month and see what the effect is for shops. If it's a success, they should go for another month. Wardens can still enforce illegal parking, like all those people that park on Double Yellows and seem to get away with it.

A friend of mine got a ticket as he's forgotten to set his disabled clock on his badge. He noticed that other cars parked nearby were not ticketed and asked why. He was told that they were allowed to park there. One law for one . . .

The council seem to have lost the plot here. They are supposed to provide parking places for visitors to the town, so that people will come here to shop. We need more people to shop here.
I'd like to propose that Darlington allow free parking in all of its designated car parks for one month and see what the effect is for shops. If it's a success, they should go for another month. Wardens can still enforce illegal parking, like all those people that park on Double Yellows and seem to get away with it. A friend of mine got a ticket as he's forgotten to set his disabled clock on his badge. He noticed that other cars parked nearby were not ticketed and asked why. He was told that they were allowed to park there. One law for one . . . The council seem to have lost the plot here. They are supposed to provide parking places for visitors to the town, so that people will come here to shop. We need more people to shop here. Spy Boy
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

miketually wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote:
miketually wrote:
Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?
Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses?

Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.
Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine.

Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again.

"My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals.
I rather suspect if you start charging at Teesside Park you would get a parking space a lot easier. If you decommission lots of parking spaces over the Christmas period you may not find it so easy to get parked in Darlington in spite of the fact people go elsewhere for the more attractive shopping experience. However the bottom line will be less footfall for hard pressed traders and an even poorer shopping experience for the customer.

In spite of your criticism of the sustainable transport scheme I think its hard to argue you are not a DBC groupie.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?[/p][/quote]Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses? Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.[/p][/quote]Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine. Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again. "My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals.[/p][/quote]I rather suspect if you start charging at Teesside Park you would get a parking space a lot easier. If you decommission lots of parking spaces over the Christmas period you may not find it so easy to get parked in Darlington in spite of the fact people go elsewhere for the more attractive shopping experience. However the bottom line will be less footfall for hard pressed traders and an even poorer shopping experience for the customer. In spite of your criticism of the sustainable transport scheme I think its hard to argue you are not a DBC groupie. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Tue 11 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

miketually wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote:
miketually wrote:
Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?
Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses?

Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.
Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine.

Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again.

"My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals.
Ever the antagonist.

You're always right and everyone else is just talking rubbish.

The amount of thumbs down your comments receive on this and other threads should tell you that your views are very much disagreed with.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Hang on, according to comments on previous articles, there are no shops in Darlington and so everyone drives to Northallerton to do their shopping. How can there possible be too few parking spaces?[/p][/quote]Isn't the article about a temporary loss of a significant number of car parking spaces over a period which is crucial to the survival of many retail businesses? Some people seem to have made their mind up that shopping in Darlington is not attractive to them. Judging by this flippant remark it is obvious you and your friends at DBC are unconcerned at the plight of Town centre traders. I suppose from DBC viewpoint the demise of the small businessmant is a small price to pay to secure the additional council revenues from the leisure complex and hotel.[/p][/quote]Whenever I am in town, it's busy but we get parked just fine. Whenever I go to Teesside Park, we have to queue to get in and queue to find a parking space and queue to get out again. "My friends"? We're back on this again are we? My "friends" wasted large chunks of Cycle and Sustainable Transport Demonstration Town cash on signposts and jute bags, when they could have built decent infrastructure instead. This would allow local shoppers and retail staff to get into town for free and without contributing to congestion. Instead, we have backwards-looking proposals.[/p][/quote]Ever the antagonist. You're always right and everyone else is just talking rubbish. The amount of thumbs down your comments receive on this and other threads should tell you that your views are very much disagreed with. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 7

6:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

LUSTARD says...

im still shopping online with a nice hot chocolate. its snowing outside
im still shopping online with a nice hot chocolate. its snowing outside LUSTARD
  • Score: 6

9:24am Wed 12 Feb 14

Copley23 says...

Ah the wonders of internet shopping.

Roads ungritted anyway and the snow is still falling.

Saves wear and tear on me motor and guess what, no parking charges.
Ah the wonders of internet shopping. Roads ungritted anyway and the snow is still falling. Saves wear and tear on me motor and guess what, no parking charges. Copley23
  • Score: 2

10:06am Wed 12 Feb 14

jps101 says...

Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema?

I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it?

Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in?

There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas.

I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here?
Would a DBC representative care to comment?
Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema? I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it? Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in? There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas. I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here? Would a DBC representative care to comment? jps101
  • Score: 3

8:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

jps101 wrote:
Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema?

I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it?

Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in?

There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas.

I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here?
Would a DBC representative care to comment?
No comments expected from DBC as they know it's the truth that cannot be denied!!
[quote][p][bold]jps101[/bold] wrote: Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema? I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it? Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in? There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas. I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here? Would a DBC representative care to comment?[/p][/quote]No comments expected from DBC as they know it's the truth that cannot be denied!! Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 3

10:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Daveindarlo says...

jps101 wrote:
Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema?

I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it?

Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in?

There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas.

I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here?
Would a DBC representative care to comment?
The north road cinema is an ancient relic. People want choice and a cinema with 3 screens, with nicotined chairs doesn't offer what people want in 21st century. I goto the cinema quite often and it's always to Middlesbrough or Teesside park.
vue is one who will have done the market research, and they putting the money in and will only go ahead if it works, if it doesn't they lose out. That's capitalism.
If this works it will breath some life into the town at night other than drunks.
[quote][p][bold]jps101[/bold] wrote: Has DBC been inundated by people demanding a new Cinema? I find this strange if it has, there used to be 2 cinemas, one in Woodland road which closed, I'd assumed because not enough people used it? Is the one in North Road seriously over-capacity, has anyone on this forum found they couldn't get in? There's more ways for people to watch films these days then there ever was without going out of their houses to cinemas. I'm wondering just how much market research has taken place here? Would a DBC representative care to comment?[/p][/quote]The north road cinema is an ancient relic. People want choice and a cinema with 3 screens, with nicotined chairs doesn't offer what people want in 21st century. I goto the cinema quite often and it's always to Middlesbrough or Teesside park. vue is one who will have done the market research, and they putting the money in and will only go ahead if it works, if it doesn't they lose out. That's capitalism. If this works it will breath some life into the town at night other than drunks. Daveindarlo
  • Score: 0

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