Sunday, March 11, 2007

Steaming Ahead

Well, it's not the most flattering portrait of the town we love, but this article about the prospects for property buying in Darlington from Friday's Times gives a real sense as to how Labour's drive to bring Darlington into the 21st century is impressing people well beyond our borders.

The key passage is: -

But at last Darlington is dragging itself out of the dumps. The main street, once a good place to get yourself run over, will soon have been pedestrianised at a cost of £6.5 million. Its spectacular hanging baskets must be the biggest in the North. A new £90 million shopping mall is being built and a vast and shining further education college is already open. Another £3.9 million has gone on restoring South Park with its Victorian fountain and band-stand. It is hoped that new business parks will bring 2,600 jobs. Even the Dragons’ Denstar Duncan Bannatyne, a North East self-made millionaire, has opened a new hotel and restaurant in town.

2 comments:

miketually said...

I'd not realised that the size of a town's Marks and Spencer was an indicator of success.

Apart from the wrong name for the airport and halving the rail time to Newcastle, what else did she get wrong?

Anonymous said...

Nick you say "Another £3.9 million has gone on restoring South Park with its Victorian fountain and band-stand"

As I understand it the bandstand welding has failed and the victorian fountain (Terra Cotta fountain) has never worked properly since it was "restored".