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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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Adult Eligibility Criteria

Consultation on the proposal to change Darlington Borough Council’s eligibility criteria for receiving Adult Social Care support.

The Council has recently made the decision to consult with residents of Darlington in respect of a change it proposes to make to the Council’s Adult Social Care Eligibility Criteria.

Click here for more information.

Ongoing until 22 October 2017.
Central Park Consultation Our vision is that by 2030, Central Park will be a thriving neighbourhood of commercial business space, office space, a hotel and new homes linked with green spaces and a public square.

Central Park is already a success story proving new housing and a higher education campus for Darlington College and Teesside University and we want to build on that success.

An original masterplan was prepared in 2012 and since then work has started on the delivery of new houses in the northern part of the area. The revised masterplan gives more details of how the commercial business park in Central Park South will be delivered and draws all areas of the site into one plan
All views need to be received by Wednesday 26 July 2017
Tees Valley Road Network Improvement [external link] Improving roads, improving lives - We are always looking at ways to improve the borough and its economy. In partnership with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the four other Tees Valley councils and Highways England, we have set out proposals for better transport connections across the whole area. You can read more about the proposals here [external link].

You can download the Connecting Tees Valley's brochure about the proposals here [pdf document]
Children and Young People's Plan consultation We want to make sure that all children and young people growing up in Darlington get the best start in life - for example you feel safe, are healthy, are achieving at school, and grow up in a caring community and enjoy life. There is a plan in place called the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) which sets out how we can achieve this. This plan is currently being re-written to cover 2017-22.

Click here for details of how to find out more about the plan and have your say.
Ongoing until Friday 4 August
Consultation on the Federation of Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School The government is changing the way early years education, for all 3 & 4 year old children, is funded. A universal rate for all early years children was implemented in April 2017. The government have provided temporary additional supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools. The additional supplementary funding will support transition to the universal rate. This presents a financial challenge to the two Darlington maintained nursery schools. Closes at 3:30pm on 14 July 2017.
Blackwell Draft Planning and Development Brief The Council has recently consulted on a draft Planning and Development Brief for Land to the East of Carmel Road South (Sites HE1 to HE4 - Former Blackwell Grange Golf Course). For further information, please visit the 'Blackwell Draft Planning and Development Brief' page Closed
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. 
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.
Proposed increases 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Council Tax increase 1.99% 1.99% 1.99% 1.99%
Social Care precept 3.00% 3.00% 0.00% 2.00%
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.
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 Closed
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
Experience  July 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
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 Closed
The Budget 2012-16 Details regarding the breakdown of the budget Closed

Consultations by our partners

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Reducing Alcohol Harm Survey PCVC Ron Hogg is holding a month-long campaign across County Durham and Darlington about alcohol from 12 June to 9 July 2017. The aim of this campaign is to:
  • Raise awareness of various alcohol matters, through a series of weekly topics over the four week period, and
  • Gather adult public opinion in an online survey regarding alcohol consumption
Closes on 9 July 2017

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