Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ask Nick

A corrrespondent has pointed out that there's nowhere on the blog where issues can be raised publicly with me, unless I've happened to blog on them.

Unfortunately, that's the nature of blogger, and unless/until I change to a fancier format, there's no easy way to solve the problem. Of course, I can be emailed at any time via nick.wallis@darlington.gov.uk or by phone on 07960 247554.

As an experiment, however, once a week I'll put up an "Ask Nick" post, which people can use to raise general or specific issues which aren't on the blog via the comments, whether that's to do with my work as a ward councillor in Haughton West or as a cabinet member.

The only rule is: if you want me to take an issue up, you must leave your name and preferably contact details. Let's see how it goes.


Ian Holme said...

Sent an email re the traffic issues on Eastmount rd to the relevant cllrs (Hartley and Jenkinson) on 31 May.

So far not even an ackowledgement.
Are your aware of any email probs they may be having?

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks, Ian.

I know that Cllr. Hartley is speaking to the officers about ongoing monitoring at Eastmount Road and your enquiry, because she spoke to me about it on Thursday evening.

I'm afraid all I could say was to repeat that at this time, the professional advice from the officers and the Police is that no further work is necessary here.

I have told Cllr. Hartley however that it may be that the proposed cycle route which crosses Eastmount Road at Valley Street may give us an opportunity to install some further traffic calming. No doubt someone will be back in touch soon.

Thanks for using the "Ask Nick" posting, by the way - I'm faintly irked that the person who asked for the facility hasn't then taken the opportunity to ask a question...

ian holme said...

cheers nick, looks like i will have to be a little more patient to get an acknowledgement from said cllrs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nick. 'Tis me...the original person! I drive every day, up North Road to get to work. Beautiful road, select homes, a great approach to Darlington..... that is until you reach the property on the right hand side of the road as you travel north. It is easily found as it appears to be a cross between a car sales room, a repair garage, a base for up to 4 taxis etc. but no doubt paying the rates of a detached bungalow and not a commercial business!! The garden is chokka full of what appears to be clapped out cars/vans etc. On the grass verge they have parked a caravan - outside their property and the number of vehicles parked at the roadside this morning amounted to approx 6 vehicles which included 3 red taxis. The number of cars on the footpath means they are now extending past adjacent properties. A few questions.....
Q. Can they run a business from a residential area?
Q. Are they paying business rates?
Q. How come someone from the Council hasn't taken up the issue of the cars parked on the verges not to mention the caravan?
Q. Wanna buy a nice little motor Nick? I am thinking of selling a few outside my front door!!

This may not be 'your issue', Nick, but I would be interested in what you might do if you lived next door.

Great site! Keep up the good work!

PS. Couldn't (and still can't) find the 'ask Nick' bit of the site - hence no earlier posting.

Darlington Councillor said...

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you - am onto this now.

ian holme said...

just checked out mike Barkers bolg, it would appear he spent the weekend in Edinburgh too.

Is there something you would like to share with us Nick???

only joking, or perhaps d/ton labour group has decided to follow the Brown exmaple of a cabinet of all the talents...only meeting in scotland rather than the town hall...