Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bus station consultation

The Council is consulting on the short-term future of the old Arriva bus station on Feethams. Plans have been formulated to demolish the building and replace it with a temporary car park with 266 spaces. This temporary arrangement is pending decisions on future development of the wider area.

You can have your say by clicking here and filling in the (ahem) very pithy questionnaire. Deadline for replies - 6th June 2008.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would use this as leverage with Arriva to give our pensioners and disabled free unlimited travel.
This mark my works will come back to bite JW on the bum come election time!

ian Holme said...

"This temporary arrangement is pending decisions on future development of the wider area."

Now heres an imainative thought....why not replace the bus station with...........a coach station.....something the town is sadly lacking.

Anonymous said...

Why not replace John Williams with a stuffed toy they both have cotton wool between the ears, sort the bus passes JOHN or you'll be out come election time, young Wallis is the usurper, nothing sticks to him.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, with a bus stop outside my door, I will continue to drive to and from my place of work in the town centre, as I cannot use my pensioners bus pass to get to work for 9am.

Now that has set me thinking..... How does John Williams get to work in this Locomotion town? Does he use his bus pass and stand with all the other pensioners on the first bus after 9.30am?

Anonymous said...

Good question he probably gets a taxi paid for by us! or uses the Mayors Limo!

Darlington Councillor said...

*Sigh*

Firstly, thanks Ian. Darlington does need proper facilities for coach stopovers, both for the vehicles and passengers. It will probably require the comprehensive redevelopment of the Feethams area for it to happen, however. Dare I say that there was consideration of this in the defunct Tesco plan....

I have little sympathy with the anonymous commenter who claims they are a working pensioner, however. This is designed as a concession for people who are making do on a pension (which itself, in one form or another has been significantly increased by the Government since 1997, particularly for the least well-off). I'm not sure how much sympathy you'll get, anonymous, from the rest of the working population if you're complaining about not getting free travel before 9.30am!

I'm always reluctant to comment on 'wacko' anonymous claims, because it might set a precedent, but I can quickly state that of course John Williams doesn't use the Mayor's car or a taxi to get to the Town Hall.