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Economic Regeneration Team (£350,000)

Future Funds

Portfolio: Economy and Regeneration Portfolio

A team which is smaller than the existing team but will be sufficient to deliver existing plans such as Central Park and bring forward new initiatives that will generate more private sector investment in the Borough to create jobs and increase business rates income.

[Reference: Cabinet papers, Item 6, paragraph 52(a)]

Related FAQs

You have no money but you’re building a cinema, a car park and restoring the Civic Theatre.

You have no money but you’re building a cinema, a car park and restoring the Civic Theatre.

The cinema is a private development, being built on land which was jointly owned by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Council and was sold by them to get the cinema in the town centre. It is not funded by the Council. Money from the sale of the land will be used to fund riverside works to enhance the wider town centre area.

Funding for the Civic Theatre and the Hullaballoon children’s theatre is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England sponsorship and a ticket levy. 

Why should we put down roots here or stay in Darlington?

Why should we put down roots here or stay in Darlington?

Because the Council will still be providing many good services and community groups and private businesses will continue to provide great facilities. These cuts only affect Council spending, they do not affect the aspirations of Darlington itself. A lot of private sector development and investment is coming into Darlington such as the new cinema complex and Central Park and, so long as people see a future in the town, it will continue to grow and thrive.

What happened to the money from the sale of Feethams site where cinema is being built?

What happened to the money from the sale of Feethams site where cinema is being built?

The land was part owned by the Homes and Communities Agency and as part of the HCA contractual obligations the money from the sale of the site is to be reinvested in improvements to Feethams Riverside area.

Your Say

5 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)
Cut Mc02 (Economic Initiative and Regeneration)
Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: There is a lot of wasted capital expenditure. The multi-storey car park cost £7.2m and went over budget as did the pedestrian heart. Small businesses came out and said they did want it. If someone comes round the town with me I will show them all the empty shops, you haven’t improved business. How is spending money moving the library to the Dolphin Centre going to save money? £120,000 to maintain South Park – who are you getting to cut the grass Wayne Rooney? One off payment of £50,000 for wild flowers – come on! You must really think we are stupid. I am going to have find an extra £70 for my council tax and looking at the debt it costs £3.1m to service that debt but you’ll spend £7.2m on a car park we don’t even need. If the government cuts the funding again I am going to have to find more money to pay my council tax, I won’t be able to afford to live in my house. Bill – how much are you on? Nothing will change, all this is lip service and these cuts are a smoke screen because you have been totally inadequate. And Children’s Services is an absolute disgrace. The reason Red Quadrant had to come in was because the Government were that worried by the Ofsted report because it has failed since 2012 and there’s been no improvement. I’m going to run for councillor in 2020 and I won’t take a salary.

A: Coun Dixon – I get £30,000 and a couple of 100. It’s less than where I used to work before I took this job on. I took a pay cut to do this job because I like it and it’s a worthwhile job.

Coun McEwan – the car park. The fact is we have a private sector developer that has invested £30m to a cinema/leisure complex to create 500 jobs. We promised money, funded from car parking revenue to service that facility and I tell you what I’ll vote for it every time. What that development will do, alongside creating jobs, will increase the footfall of our town centre. To say our town centre is dead on its feet is dead wrong. All town centres are facing challenges, to have the private sector put their money where their mouth is to create jobs and increasing footfall which is what our traders want to see, is not a bad thing.

Coun Wallis – in regard to senior manager costs – in 2011/2105 £2m taken out of senior management costs and in this budget at least £300,000. When there are cuts to be made everyone looks to managers but not everyone in a local authority can be frontline staff. You need people to manage and reconfigure services to ensure best value is delivered and procedures are in place for example in child and adult protection. We need people in those very complicated jobs as well as those in front line jobs. One of the comments Ofsted actually made about children’s services was we had taken too much out of senior managers. Senior managers here earn about the going rate when you look at other local authorities in the area. You need that when you are running a mufti million pound authority when lives and services are at stake on a day to day basis.

FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: I was born in Darlington and live in Darlington and it’s unrecognisable from the town that I grew up in. What I want from my Council is hope. It’s a council of despair. If I put myself in the guise of a businessman, I have five possible towns where I can locate my new factory, I’m sitting in the Kings Head and my view pf Mr Pease statue is obliterated by an awful funfair – it’s appalling. This town is all about volunteers, it’s full of good people. Stop politicising it! Give us a bit of hope. Everything I’ve experienced over the last few years., whether it’s the arts centre, feethams, the library, the market, you’ve spent loads of money on what I’ve never wanted and closed what I did want. The only way you’re going to get more money, is more council tax payers, and the only way you’re going to get more council tax payers is getting more investment.

A: I agree with you to some extent. We have some serious things to deal with, much more serious than it was in 2012. We don’t have all the answers. We should not lose sight of our history and the need to be ambitious and optimistic to encourage investment. Bringing jobs in and wealth is not a bad thing. We need to face the facts of the situation. We need to look after the vulnerable in society but in parallel we also need to attract investment, create jobs and wealth in the town. I understand about the fair but we have traders saying we need to do stuff to attract people.

FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Private investment is a good thing and 500 new jobs is great but at what cost of the jobs we have just lost? You need to go into the home of someone who has lost a job with all the cuts in Darlington and see what they are going through, then it would wipe that smirk off your face, patting yourself on the back because you’ve got these private investors. You still have time to look into your reserves or look into some financial money to leave a legacy and salvage our library

FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: We have to pay for parking when you don’t in places like Northallerton. We didn’t even get free parking at Christmas. It seems like we don’t connect with small businesses. We don’t speak to them and find out exactly what we can do for them.

A: We did offer free parking after 4pm on Thursdays in the run up to Christmas. Something the traders encouraged us to do and something that was well received by the traders.


FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)
FF 52h (Festivals and Events)
Cut W07 (Events)
Cut Mc10 (Christmas lights)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Why do you have an events team when you don’t have any events – the fireworks have gone, the lights are going but the events people are still on the same pay?

A: There is a thing called BID and all businesses in the town centre pay a levy and the council pays the largest levy and what we have said is this year we will keep the lights but we are looking at getting the BID and some of the big retailers, Binns, M&S, to chip in to see if we can keep the lights going for 2017.
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