On this page you can see and have your say on a list of consultations which are currently taking place in Darlington, as well as nationally.

Our consultations

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Children's Centre Delivery

The Council is facing ongoing financial challenges, which means we have had to look at different ways of ensuring that our Children's Centres continue to deliver on a range of council priorities, including reducing child poverty and providing early help and support to families. We want to know what you think about our proposal to make Children's Centres more flexible, efficient and effective.

Click here to find out more and have your say.

Started Tuesday 18 April for six weeks. 
Experience Darlington strategy

The Experience Darlington Strategy is a tying together of existing strategies to come up with an overarching strategy for visitors to Darlington. There is a real opportunity for the town to make more of its unique ‘ingenious’ story, from its lead role in the birthplace of the modern railways, Quaker heritage, through to its globally renowned reputation for bridge building and a thriving theatre and arts scene. Experience Darlington will look ahead into the future – thinking how we can develop real attractions that entice people to our town; making local people proud. 

Closed 13 April 2017
Council Tax and Adult Social Care precept

On 17 January 2017, Cabinet proposed to increase Council Tax by 1.99% each year up to 2020/21, with a social care precept in three of the next four years, as agreed by the Government, to help fund the increasing cost of adult social care.


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This update to an earlier proposal follows the announcement of the Local Government Finance Settlement in December. We would like your views on this proposal, particularly and positive or negative impacts it may have on you. The consultation ran from 17 January 2017 to 13 February 2017.

Closed on 13 February 2017
Council Tax Empty Property Discount  A one month consultation starting 14 December 2016 on whether the Council should continue to operate a Council Tax discount scheme for empty and unfurnished properties [external link] Closed
Library Consultation

A six week consultation on the design and operation of the proposed relocation of the Central Library Service to the Dolphin Centre started on Monday, 3 October. For more details, visit

Link to items for Cabinet meeting on the 17/1/2017

Darlington Community Safety Partnership (CSP)  Have your say about the Community Safety Partnership Ongoing
Employee Skills Survey Our Business Engagement Team is conducting an Employer Skills Survey [external link] to detail the existing skills of the Darlington workforce and to get an overview of existing employee skills and their future requirements which will help to shape project and activity in the future. Ongoing
Darlington Rethinking Parks Let us know your thoughts about South Park, The Denes and North Park [external link] Ongoing
Childcare Audit Have your say about childcare provision in Darlington Ongoing
Learnview Have your say about learning and skills in Darlington [external link] Ongoing
Home care and support More Details about Home Care Support [pdf document] Closed
Changes to parishes and parish councils Update - view details of the decisions made by Council about the community governance review, the reasons, the Reorganisation Order and maps illustrating the changes to parish areas and parish councils. Closed
Adult Social Care Services Charging Policy The Council is currently considering whether to change the way it charges residents who are provided with Adult Social Care Services following the introduction of ‘The Care Act 2014’. Please follow this link for more details. Closed
Local Plan Issues and Options scoping consultation The council is currently consulting on the new local plan. For more details and to have your say please visit the local plan microsite. Closed
Medium term financial plan 2016/17 to 2019/20

Between February and June, the Council went through the process of setting its budget for 2016/17 to 2019/20. The medium term financial plan (MTFP) budget consultation ran from 12 February until the end of May. For more information about the MTFP, visit

The Budget 2012-16 Details regarding the breakdown of the budget Closed

Consultations by our partners

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Connecting the Tees Valley - Strategic Transport Plan Framework

This is the framework of the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Strategic Transport Plan, which is due for publication during summer 2017. The Framework sets out the region’s transport priorities up to 2026 and offers the opportunity for stakeholders, interest groups and the public to help inform the development of the Strategic Transport Plan. Ongoing

Business Travel Survey - Durham Tees Valley Airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport is conducting a Business Travel Survey [external link]. This is your opportunity to help us better understand the region’s travel needs to ensure we can provide the services you need to help you do business, now and in the future. Ongoing

Tees Valley Mayoral Combined Authority Consultation

The Tees Valley Combined Authority was created on 1st April 2016 to drive economic growth and job creation in the area. It aims to harness the economy-boosting powers of the Tees Valley’s five Councils and the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership to take partnership working between the public and private sector to a new level, creating an even more effective approach to building a stronger Tees Valley.

One of the opportunities that having a Combined Authority offers is that it can act as a body to receive devolved powers from Central Government. In order to receive these devolved powers the Tees Valley Combined Authority must change to a Mayoral Combined Authority with a Directly Elected Mayor.

To find out more and to have your say visit the Tees Valley Combined Authority website [external link].


Broadband Consultation

Broadband is often described as the fourth utility after gas, electricity and water.  The internet impacts every aspect of our lives and access to superfast broadband is becoming increasingly important.

The Digital Durham Partnership includes ten local authority partners including Darlington Borough Council. All councils in the programme area are working together with Broadband Delivery UK to improve access to broadband services in areas which would otherwise miss out. Digital Durham aims to provide homes, businesses and communities with access to fast, fibre broadband across the area.

To ensure that we continue to invest in the right areas, we must first carry out consultation with broadband wholesale providers.

The information provided on broadband coverage includes known plans up to December 2018 and forms the basis of this consultation.

For more information about the programme and to have your say, visit the broadband consultation page [external link].


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