Darlington like many towns used to have a thriving town centre full of a variety of shops, indoor and outdoor markets. Monday and Saturdays outdoor market day, you could hardly move for the number of visitors to the market and surrounding shops. We need desperately to go back to this, bring heart back to the town centre. Business rates need to be reduced and incentives put in place to encourage and support small and diverse retail businesses. The support needs to be ongoing too. In addition young people causing mischief and fear needs to be addressed in the town centre. They need somewhere to go and something constructive to do. Sadly have been unable to suggest how to address the issues but hopefully highlighting them will help.
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