Flower shop to close town centre store, but business as usual elsewhere

The Advertiser Series: BLOOM WOES: The branch of Nattrass, in West Row, Darlington, will shut its doors on Saturday after 20 years. Pictured from the left are staff members -Sally and Katie Bennett and Laura Simpson. BLOOM WOES: The branch of Nattrass, in West Row, Darlington, will shut its doors on Saturday after 20 years. Pictured from the left are staff members -Sally and Katie Bennett and Laura Simpson.

A FAMILY-RUN flower shop is closing its doors after 20 years of trading, blaming town centre parking regulations for a drop in footfall.

Flowers by Nattrass is closing its West Row shop, in Darlington, on Saturday (April 26), but it is business as usual for the Duke Street branch.

The company has been trading for 55 years, having been set up in Hurworth in February 1959.

Its Duke Street store opened in 1971 and the West Row branch, part of the Indoor Market building, followed in 1994.

Katie Bennett is the third generation of her family to work for the business, which was started by her grandparents, Ron and Dorothy Nattrass.

She said: “There will be rumours about the business not doing well, so I want to try and quell them as soon as possible.

“We’ve had a review of our business, and although the West Row shop is covering its costs, people are changing the way they’re buying.

“We’ve recently had a new website built, which has had a fantastic response.

“Wedding and event inquiries are up two-fold – we’ve never had so many weddings booked in for the year ahead as we do now.

“In terms of orders off the website, we had three times more web-orders than customers ordering from our West Row shop during our last peak period – Mother’s Day.

“We can only predict that that trend will become more and more prominent with people gradually moving their shopping online.”

Miss Bennett described town centre parking in Darlington as a ‘complete nightmare’.

She added: “Along with people’s buying habits, the council’s policy on parking in the town centre, we feel, has contributed to the decline of footfall in Darlington town centre.

“Parking is a complete nightmare in the town, putting people off travelling in from other areas as they have to pay a fortune to park for a couple of hours. The traffic wardens are also far too enthusiastic.

“Out of town shopping parks do so well, as it’s free and easy to park.”

She fears that Darlington is losing its identity as a market town and called on Darlington Borough Council to overhaul the market.

She added: “The outdoor market should never have been moved out of the Market Square – it now gets dotted around the town centre.

“Most of the time the Market Square lies empty, when it could be used for parking.

“I just want to let people know that, yes, we’re closing a shop down, but Flowers by Nattrass is doing better than ever in other areas.”

Council leader Bill Dixon said there had been an increase in the number of people using council-run car parks in the past year.

He added: “Flowers by Nattrass is a great company and I am sorry they will no longer be in the market, but at least they will still be in Duke Street.”

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6:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

loan_star says...

Bill Dixon yet again ignoring the concerns of town centre traders.
Bill Dixon yet again ignoring the concerns of town centre traders. loan_star
  • Score: 23

7:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tabby67 says...

I always used to shop there for flowers and like the story says parking in town has been bad for a couple of years, the parking charges are way to high!
I now buy them on line much easier such a shame really but I begrudge paying them shocking prices to park to wander around the centre for the odd little shops, gets boring looking at charity shops and mobile phone shops ahhh well nevermind!
I always used to shop there for flowers and like the story says parking in town has been bad for a couple of years, the parking charges are way to high! I now buy them on line much easier such a shame really but I begrudge paying them shocking prices to park to wander around the centre for the odd little shops, gets boring looking at charity shops and mobile phone shops ahhh well nevermind! tabby67
  • Score: 27

7:15pm Tue 22 Apr 14

oliviaden6 says...

Thanks to extortionate parking charges, Business rates and the list could go on and on another business is getting out of town, what a shame?
The High streets are full of fast food, charity shops and boarded up premises enough of this Government and the Councils need to address the situation and stop filling their won pockets and wasting monies left right and centre, give the people the right shops with cheap parking and it will generate business not drive it away as is happening now, As for Bill Dixon and His Buddies i have nothing but contempt.
Thanks to extortionate parking charges, Business rates and the list could go on and on another business is getting out of town, what a shame? The High streets are full of fast food, charity shops and boarded up premises enough of this Government and the Councils need to address the situation and stop filling their won pockets and wasting monies left right and centre, give the people the right shops with cheap parking and it will generate business not drive it away as is happening now, As for Bill Dixon and His Buddies i have nothing but contempt. oliviaden6
  • Score: 29

7:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Darloresident says...

For Gods sake Bill LISTEN!!!!!
For Gods sake Bill LISTEN!!!!! Darloresident
  • Score: 32

7:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

NOTODDEN says...

tabby67 wrote:
I always used to shop there for flowers and like the story says parking in town has been bad for a couple of years, the parking charges are way to high!
I now buy them on line much easier such a shame really but I begrudge paying them shocking prices to park to wander around the centre for the odd little shops, gets boring looking at charity shops and mobile phone shops ahhh well nevermind!
I agree with tabby 67 on this Take away the charities, mobile phones, bookies,card shops, nail bars etc and you not left with a lot to attracts you into coming to Darlington
[quote][p][bold]tabby67[/bold] wrote: I always used to shop there for flowers and like the story says parking in town has been bad for a couple of years, the parking charges are way to high! I now buy them on line much easier such a shame really but I begrudge paying them shocking prices to park to wander around the centre for the odd little shops, gets boring looking at charity shops and mobile phone shops ahhh well nevermind![/p][/quote]I agree with tabby 67 on this Take away the charities, mobile phones, bookies,card shops, nail bars etc and you not left with a lot to attracts you into coming to Darlington NOTODDEN
  • Score: 25

9:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

miketually says...

Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones... miketually
  • Score: 15

9:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there.. tomtopper
  • Score: 12

10:08pm Tue 22 Apr 14

markdarlo says...

I think the lady who runs it has answered her own argument. She set up an online business, which is doing great. If people can order online, why would they want to go into the town centre to do it.
I think the lady who runs it has answered her own argument. She set up an online business, which is doing great. If people can order online, why would they want to go into the town centre to do it. markdarlo
  • Score: 28

10:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

calumannabel says...

And The Bid is working according to yesterday's article which was quickly pulled?
And The Bid is working according to yesterday's article which was quickly pulled? calumannabel
  • Score: 19

11:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

darlolad1978 says...

Mr Dixon wants to take a good long hard look around the centre..well get off his arse and go speak to the shop traders..totally agree the parking in darlington is shocking compared to middlesbrough and teeside park and other surrounding towns...As long as theres money to be made in parking in darlington then the council will stick a metre up..while the shops suffer lack of footflow The Town is going in a spiral decay so sad to see...
Mr Dixon wants to take a good long hard look around the centre..well get off his arse and go speak to the shop traders..totally agree the parking in darlington is shocking compared to middlesbrough and teeside park and other surrounding towns...As long as theres money to be made in parking in darlington then the council will stick a metre up..while the shops suffer lack of footflow The Town is going in a spiral decay so sad to see... darlolad1978
  • Score: 18

11:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

MrObvious says...

I hardly think £1 an hour in the Town Hall car park and 3 hour FREE car parking in Sainsburys (a 2 minute walk away) is extortionate! I think that one of the main reasons the market stalls were moved to go along High Row etc, was to increase footfall past the shops on those streets. It also leaves the square nice and clear for the bars/restaurants around the square to put out chairs and tables on drier days creating a much more pleasant atmosphere than the likes of Stockton and Middlesbrough!
I hardly think £1 an hour in the Town Hall car park and 3 hour FREE car parking in Sainsburys (a 2 minute walk away) is extortionate! I think that one of the main reasons the market stalls were moved to go along High Row etc, was to increase footfall past the shops on those streets. It also leaves the square nice and clear for the bars/restaurants around the square to put out chairs and tables on drier days creating a much more pleasant atmosphere than the likes of Stockton and Middlesbrough! MrObvious
  • Score: 4

12:13am Wed 23 Apr 14

Asdf123 says...

tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
We have 23
Out of the top 25
retailers in darlington.

Stop being so bloomin negative its do gooders that bash the town like you that probably never do anything to support the retailers you are trying to support on here. Forget about parking charges charges have been around for years and are here to stay. What you pay in parking will be less than petrol to teesside and back.

Zip it !
[quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..[/p][/quote]We have 23 Out of the top 25 retailers in darlington. Stop being so bloomin negative its do gooders that bash the town like you that probably never do anything to support the retailers you are trying to support on here. Forget about parking charges charges have been around for years and are here to stay. What you pay in parking will be less than petrol to teesside and back. Zip it ! Asdf123
  • Score: -10

12:20am Wed 23 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

Asdf123 wrote:
tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
We have 23
Out of the top 25
retailers in darlington.

Stop being so bloomin negative its do gooders that bash the town like you that probably never do anything to support the retailers you are trying to support on here. Forget about parking charges charges have been around for years and are here to stay. What you pay in parking will be less than petrol to teesside and back.

Zip it !
I don't care.. Darlington is one of the biggest most depressing socialist sh*tholes around these parts.. I wouldn't take a gold pig to live there
[quote][p][bold]Asdf123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..[/p][/quote]We have 23 Out of the top 25 retailers in darlington. Stop being so bloomin negative its do gooders that bash the town like you that probably never do anything to support the retailers you are trying to support on here. Forget about parking charges charges have been around for years and are here to stay. What you pay in parking will be less than petrol to teesside and back. Zip it ![/p][/quote]I don't care.. Darlington is one of the biggest most depressing socialist sh*tholes around these parts.. I wouldn't take a gold pig to live there tomtopper
  • Score: -2

12:52am Wed 23 Apr 14

fratia says...

Darlington Town Centre needs to be revitalised, and th3e council simply are not listening to the people of Darlington. Open your ears and get moving the town center used to be so busy, now not so much.
Darlington Town Centre needs to be revitalised, and th3e council simply are not listening to the people of Darlington. Open your ears and get moving the town center used to be so busy, now not so much. fratia
  • Score: 22

6:06am Wed 23 Apr 14

darloboss says...

“Parking is a complete nightmare in the town, putting people off travelling in from other areas as they have to pay a fortune to park for a couple of hours. The traffic wardens are also far too enthusiastic.

that says it all
“Parking is a complete nightmare in the town, putting people off travelling in from other areas as they have to pay a fortune to park for a couple of hours. The traffic wardens are also far too enthusiastic. that says it all darloboss
  • Score: 24

7:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

laboursfoe says...

A gentlemen posted yesterday how disappointed he was when showing a visiting friend the town centre.

Chewing gum all over, he didn't even mention the chavs shouting down High Row using foul language, kids ar$ing about outside the Cornmill and older people that should know better spitting down the street.

Darlington centre is not somewhere I would take my kids, Bill and his mates need to come down hard on the antisocial elements before the new riverside area is built.
A gentlemen posted yesterday how disappointed he was when showing a visiting friend the town centre. Chewing gum all over, he didn't even mention the chavs shouting down High Row using foul language, kids ar$ing about outside the Cornmill and older people that should know better spitting down the street. Darlington centre is not somewhere I would take my kids, Bill and his mates need to come down hard on the antisocial elements before the new riverside area is built. laboursfoe
  • Score: 22

7:51am Wed 23 Apr 14

DSPM2012 says...

You all get a vote...Yet you all keep Labour in this town, who destroy the town. If it's time for a change get voting!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You all get a vote...Yet you all keep Labour in this town, who destroy the town. If it's time for a change get voting!!!!!!!!!!!!! DSPM2012
  • Score: 20

8:41am Wed 23 Apr 14

miketually says...

tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
Plus loads of independent shops:

Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop...
[quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..[/p][/quote]Plus loads of independent shops: Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop... miketually
  • Score: 9

1:06pm Wed 23 Apr 14

danlea2012 says...

I am sick of reading people slagging Darlington off. If it is really that bad, move away and find somewhere that is more suitable for you. i am proud to live in Darlington, so what if we have car park charges so do other towns. So what if we have mobile phone shops and charity shops so do other towns. Darlington is far better than Stockton, Middlesbrough and other north east towns. So shut up or move away!!
I am sick of reading people slagging Darlington off. If it is really that bad, move away and find somewhere that is more suitable for you. i am proud to live in Darlington, so what if we have car park charges so do other towns. So what if we have mobile phone shops and charity shops so do other towns. Darlington is far better than Stockton, Middlesbrough and other north east towns. So shut up or move away!! danlea2012
  • Score: 9

3:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lionel1 says...

Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.
Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington. Lionel1
  • Score: 15

3:25pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mike B. says...

miketually wrote:
tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
Plus loads of independent shops:

Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop...
And?....Haven't you forgotten someone Mike?
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..[/p][/quote]Plus loads of independent shops: Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop...[/p][/quote]And?....Haven't you forgotten someone Mike? Mike B.
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

miketually says...

Mike B. wrote:
miketually wrote:
tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell..

By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..
Plus loads of independent shops:

Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop...
And?....Haven't you forgotten someone Mike?
Holland & Barrett? :)

Sorry, it was a copy and paste from a website. And the excellent Health Food Warehouse, of course.
[quote][p][bold]Mike B.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]Which can be found in most high streets, shopping malls and retail parks with easier parking ... That's the whole reason us minions get stung with such brutal controls, because the corporate giants feed the greed at the town hall... The butcher, baker & candlestick maker don't have a hope in hell.. By the way, I'm not from Darlington and would never go there..[/p][/quote]Plus loads of independent shops: Affleck and Moffatt, Brides at Poppy, Dobinson's of Darlington, Baby Jo's, Babycare, Beaubella Boutique, Emelia's Clothing, Boudoir, Box Clothing, Chestnut, Coco, Dollymama, Geoffrey Gillow, Joseph M, Joulani, Lady J, Leggs, Parisia, Reporter, Ruby's, Scotts, Stylish, Van Mildert, Carl Banks, Clair Metcalfe, Eliza Blooms, Elm Ridge, Heavenly Scent, Guru, Cheese and Wine Shop...[/p][/quote]And?....Haven't you forgotten someone Mike?[/p][/quote]Holland & Barrett? :) Sorry, it was a copy and paste from a website. And the excellent Health Food Warehouse, of course. miketually
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mike2012 says...

Taylor's :-)
Taylor's :-) Mike2012
  • Score: 2

4:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

laboursfoe says...

Lionel1 wrote:
Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.
Yes, other towns do have problems.

But I told the truth, others may think it's not so bad . The times I have taken my kids we have witnessed some behaviour that has shocked them.

It's 2014 and this is supposed to be a civilised country however some people still seem to think it is normal to swear in the presence of 6 year D's or hock a greenly into the back of their throats and fire it onto the floor in a public place.

Not in my world, and certainly not in front of my children when I'm trying to bring them up with some manners and standards.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.[/p][/quote]Yes, other towns do have problems. But I told the truth, others may think it's not so bad . The times I have taken my kids we have witnessed some behaviour that has shocked them. It's 2014 and this is supposed to be a civilised country however some people still seem to think it is normal to swear in the presence of 6 year D's or hock a greenly into the back of their throats and fire it onto the floor in a public place. Not in my world, and certainly not in front of my children when I'm trying to bring them up with some manners and standards. laboursfoe
  • Score: 11

6:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lionel1 says...

laboursfoe wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.
Yes, other towns do have problems.

But I told the truth, others may think it's not so bad . The times I have taken my kids we have witnessed some behaviour that has shocked them.

It's 2014 and this is supposed to be a civilised country however some people still seem to think it is normal to swear in the presence of 6 year D's or hock a greenly into the back of their throats and fire it onto the floor in a public place.

Not in my world, and certainly not in front of my children when I'm trying to bring them up with some manners and standards.
I completely agree and understand your view, I do my best to steer my kids away from the type of behaviour you've mentioned but I think you're being unrealistic if you think the rest of society holds the same values (even if they are correct)! Some people aren't civilised and don't give a sh*t, that's how things appear to be now...
[quote][p][bold]laboursfoe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.[/p][/quote]Yes, other towns do have problems. But I told the truth, others may think it's not so bad . The times I have taken my kids we have witnessed some behaviour that has shocked them. It's 2014 and this is supposed to be a civilised country however some people still seem to think it is normal to swear in the presence of 6 year D's or hock a greenly into the back of their throats and fire it onto the floor in a public place. Not in my world, and certainly not in front of my children when I'm trying to bring them up with some manners and standards.[/p][/quote]I completely agree and understand your view, I do my best to steer my kids away from the type of behaviour you've mentioned but I think you're being unrealistic if you think the rest of society holds the same values (even if they are correct)! Some people aren't civilised and don't give a sh*t, that's how things appear to be now... Lionel1
  • Score: 5

2:13am Thu 24 Apr 14

SirLance says...

Look at the focal point of the town, High Row. There are thousands of black gobs of spat out chewing gum all over the paving ! That tells you everything you need to know about the folk that live there! I was ashamed when walking the High Row with some 'Swiss visitors' a few years back ! Nothings changed! You wouldn't see that at all in Singapore! Anyone who did that would be fined and caned! It obviously works for them there!
Look at the focal point of the town, High Row. There are thousands of black gobs of spat out chewing gum all over the paving ! That tells you everything you need to know about the folk that live there! I was ashamed when walking the High Row with some 'Swiss visitors' a few years back ! Nothings changed! You wouldn't see that at all in Singapore! Anyone who did that would be fined and caned! It obviously works for them there! SirLance
  • Score: 0

9:44am Thu 24 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

SirLance wrote:
Look at the focal point of the town, High Row. There are thousands of black gobs of spat out chewing gum all over the paving ! That tells you everything you need to know about the folk that live there! I was ashamed when walking the High Row with some 'Swiss visitors' a few years back ! Nothings changed! You wouldn't see that at all in Singapore! Anyone who did that would be fined and caned! It obviously works for them there!
I was in Austria recently and saw a telephone box with a directory in it. How long would that last in Darlington?
[quote][p][bold]SirLance[/bold] wrote: Look at the focal point of the town, High Row. There are thousands of black gobs of spat out chewing gum all over the paving ! That tells you everything you need to know about the folk that live there! I was ashamed when walking the High Row with some 'Swiss visitors' a few years back ! Nothings changed! You wouldn't see that at all in Singapore! Anyone who did that would be fined and caned! It obviously works for them there![/p][/quote]I was in Austria recently and saw a telephone box with a directory in it. How long would that last in Darlington? Homshaw1
  • Score: 6

11:32am Thu 24 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

Lionel1 wrote:
Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.
I would say it is better than Stockton which is very poor. I don't go to Hartlepool. It is not competitive with Middlesbrough,Teessi
de Park or the Metro centre and if I lived where I needed to make a choice it would not be Darlington. If I lived in Darlington I wouldn't travel unless I wanted something special.

If Darlington traders can rely on Darlington residents fine. If not they will struggle
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Darlington town centre is street's ahead of the neighbouring town centre's in the Tees Valley. I work between Stockton and Hartlepool - some people want to try having a look round there before critising. In comparison to the above D'ton town centre is clean, well layed out and has far more variation in what it offers. As for the problem of anti-social behaviour - it's in every town, not just Darlington.[/p][/quote]I would say it is better than Stockton which is very poor. I don't go to Hartlepool. It is not competitive with Middlesbrough,Teessi de Park or the Metro centre and if I lived where I needed to make a choice it would not be Darlington. If I lived in Darlington I wouldn't travel unless I wanted something special. If Darlington traders can rely on Darlington residents fine. If not they will struggle Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

1:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

Darloexpat says...

Its a real pitty more can't be done with the town centre, I moved to Australia for work ten years ago but any chance I get I come back to my home town. I see changes - yes, but I don't see improvements in the town centre. Here in Australia there is generally more pride in where we live and if anyone steps out of line, the police come down on them. Maybe it is a council problem but it is also a matter of pride in where you live. Everyone needs to step up and take responsibility for their own actions and help get something done to improve Darlington.
Its a real pitty more can't be done with the town centre, I moved to Australia for work ten years ago but any chance I get I come back to my home town. I see changes - yes, but I don't see improvements in the town centre. Here in Australia there is generally more pride in where we live and if anyone steps out of line, the police come down on them. Maybe it is a council problem but it is also a matter of pride in where you live. Everyone needs to step up and take responsibility for their own actions and help get something done to improve Darlington. Darloexpat
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

Mike2012 wrote:
Taylor's :-)
Box Clothing has closed down!! Thomas the Baker are still open, you forgot them, you tinker.
[quote][p][bold]Mike2012[/bold] wrote: Taylor's :-)[/p][/quote]Box Clothing has closed down!! Thomas the Baker are still open, you forgot them, you tinker. Jackaranda
  • Score: 0

8:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
That's it you continue desperately trying to put a positive spin on the situation. Only a delusional fool would do such a thing. And that's a cap that definitely fits you.

Same old waffle from the councils number one stooge.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]That's it you continue desperately trying to put a positive spin on the situation. Only a delusional fool would do such a thing. And that's a cap that definitely fits you. Same old waffle from the councils number one stooge. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -2

8:11am Sat 26 Apr 14

miketually says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
miketually wrote:
Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...
That's it you continue desperately trying to put a positive spin on the situation. Only a delusional fool would do such a thing. And that's a cap that definitely fits you.

Same old waffle from the councils number one stooge.
And the same old insults from you.
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Take away the nail bars and phone shops and all you're left with is Accessorize, Argos, Boots, Bakers Oven, B&Q, Bank, Binns, Birthdays, BHS, Burtons, Body Shop, Costa Coffee, Dorothy Perkins, Dollond & Aitchison, Etam, Evans, Greggs, Game, HMV, Halfords, H Samuel, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Milletts, Miss Selfridge, McDonalds, Mothercare, Matalan, Next, New Look, Primark, River Island, Savers, Specsavers, Starbucks, TKMaxx, Top Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express, WH Smith, Waterstones...[/p][/quote]That's it you continue desperately trying to put a positive spin on the situation. Only a delusional fool would do such a thing. And that's a cap that definitely fits you. Same old waffle from the councils number one stooge.[/p][/quote]And the same old insults from you. miketually
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