As you may have seen from the Northern Echo, plans are being pulled together to demolish the derelict bus station in Feethams.
And not before timne, you may feel. The bus station has been closed for at least 10 years, and since then first United and then Arriva have been using it purely as a garage. Although the garage is owned by the Council, Arriva have had a long lease which pretty much allowed them to do as they wished with the building.
So although the Council(and many passengers) were very disappointed that the bus station closed in the 1990's, there was nothing practically that could be done about it. It's positive, however, that Arriva have now agreed to be bought out, and the eyesore will be demolished.
What will replace the bus station is still very much a matter for discussion, although with some of the Beaumont Streetv East car park about to disappear under a new office building, in the short term some more temporary car parking may be necessary.
The site itself may have important archaeological remains beneath - a former Borough Engineer showed me drill samples taken over the years which suggested a layer of crushed wood a few feet below the surface. Whilst you may think that nothing could have survived the buidling of the bus station, in fact the floor is a concrete floor resting on pillars driven into the marshy soil.
Victorians speculated that Darlington was originally a Saxon burgh, which would have included a wooden pallisade around it. This could have built at Feethams, where some amateur archaology in the nineteenth century suggested there were remains of interest.
I'll be keeping a watching brief on this as events unfold.