Walkies and talkies: Councillors launch ward surgery with a twist
SOME people say politics is a dog-eat-dog world, but two Darlington councillors are looking to turn that old adage on its head.
Dog owners in the Haughton and Springfield area are being encouraged to join in a ward surgery with a twist.
Along with their dogs Mollie and Bran, Councillors Chris McEwan and Andy Scott are piloting a surgery aimed at dog walkers.
The first ‘Politics and Pooches’ walking surgery will be held on Saturday (26 November), from 8.30am to 9.30am. Meet at the footbridge over the River Skerne near Salters Avenue/Riverside Way.
Cllr McEwan said: “Andy and I came up with this idea in an effort to increase engagement with local residents, particularly fellow dog owners and those who may not have time to go to routine surgeries.
“We will still be having our routine surgeries in church halls and supermarket foyers, but we thought it was time to try something different.
“Politics and Pooches will be a chance for us all to get some exercise, with our dogs, and for residents to give feedback on how things or going, or to raise any issues they may have.
“Dog treats are optional, but poo bags are a must!”
A second trial will be held next month. If the pilot sessions are successful, they could become a regular date in the councillors’ diaries for 2017.
Residents do not need to wait until a surgery to contact their councillor. Visit www.darlington.gov.uk/councillors for contact details, or call 01325 405000 if you do not have internet access.