I spent yesterday morning on 'site visits' with residents who wanted to raise specific issues with me around the ward. First stop was Glamis Road, where the state of the grass cutting is a problem - there are quite a few patches where the grass has been left uncut around the Sparrow Hall estate, and frankly the verges look a mess.
Then it was off to Regal Drive, where overgrown bushes and potholes around the Kingsway were highlighted. The tarmac on the Kingsway was laid in 1998 by the new unitary council on top of the concrete surface, which had caused grumbles for many years, although the County had refused to act when they were the highway authority. Potholes and fissures have begun to appear, so it's time for some remedial action.
Finally, I called in at Lyonette Road to hear about a housing problem. The it was off home to send emails off to the officers about the problems, and mail out the 8th Haughton West E-Newsletter. If you live in Haughton West, and would like to receive this update on news about our community and wider issues in Darlington, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org