I see from the Darlington Future website that my Tory friends are complaining about the latest phase of the works. As they correctly surmise, new areas have been opened to speed up progress.
I thought a bird's eye view might give a better clue as to what's going on, so I took these snaps from the clock tower.
The first picture shows the scene around Binns. A large area has been finished now, and inside the barriers work is well on the way. The second picture shows the foundation work to the water feature.
The next two pictures shows the large area which has been opened up to the north of Post House Wynd, and foundation work completed. By proceeding in this way, it allows the paviers to make more rapid progress, taking perhaps months off the completion date. That will be good for the overall cost of the scheme, and good for town centre businesses. I'm sure they want to see the work completed as soon as possible too. The only people to be disappointed? - the Tories of course, but characteristically they only want what is bad for the town centre to boost their flagging chancxes in May.
Frankly, their's is a shameful position.