A LOOK through some of the stories of the last 12 months which appeared on this page.


DARLINGTON Anglers’ Club completed work on the installation of three new platforms at the Cleasby Lake, which will provide people with disabilities and mobility problems with a far safer place from which to fish. Around 200m of new footpaths have also been added around the six acre lake which are suitable for wheelchairs to use.

Families living in Darlington were left disappointed at a council decision not to remove tree trunks, branches and debris left in the back gardens of four properties in Skerne Park.


CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save a historic library from closure have issued court proceedings against the council behind the plan. Darlington Borough Council was facing a potentially costly court case over its decision to close the Grade II listed building.

In the same month, councillors agreed to write off more than £1m worth of unrecoverable debt. Members of Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet approved the move after all cost-effective measures to recover the £1,204,318 debt had been exhausted.


DOROTHY, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man made an appearance when a retirement village was transformed into the Emerald City recently. A Wizard of Oz themed summer fun day saw visitors enjoy a host of activities at Middleton Hall in Middleton St George.

Residents living next to a cricket ground have raised concerns about noise coming from training nets. Darlington Cricket Club has submitted a retrospective planning application for the all-weather practice area, including two tracks within cages and nets.


A RANGE of artwork and photography from a number of talented artists was on display in Hurworth Village Hall which showcased a number of pieces of art and photographs. A pub manager hit back at critics who labelled the Boot and Shoe a town centre trouble-spot.


A CAMPAIGN has been launched to get people to take more pride in the back lanes around their homes. Darlington Borough Council is urging residents to take responsibility by keeping their bins in yards until collection day as part of its #OurStreets project.