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This page contains news and other information provided by Brian Jones, the Darlington Borough Councillor for Sadberge & Whessoe.

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Ward Councillor's News
PACT - Partners and Communities Together
The next PACT meeting will be held in Whessoe Parish Hall at 6-30pm on Tuesday 19th February.

I will be attending and will be able to deal with any ward queries.

Future meetings are planned for Thursday 14th March in Brafferton and Tuesday 23rd April in Bishopton.

All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe Ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  12-Feb-2013
Darlington Rural Transport
Sadly, the DART bid for funding to run a bus service for the rural villages to the north east of Darlington was rejected by the borough council. It was not possible to find a way of operating a reasonable service without a relatively small subsidy and the council were not prepared to provide any subsidy whatsoever.

As things stand at the moment the current service will be withdrawn between Darlington and Sadberge, Little Stainton, Great Stainton and Bishopton, although Bishopton will still have the service 6 to Stockton. The service will cease on 30th December. This will leave several students without transport to QE College and so I have asked the college if they can divert their existing transport to pick up in the villages. I have not yet had a response.

I continue to look at other avenues and have not given up.
Added:  5-Dec-2012
PACT - Partners and Communities Together
The next PACT meeting will be held in Bishopton village hall at 6pm on Wednesday 19th December.

Please note the earlier start time.

The January meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Tuesday 15th in Sadberge village hall.
Added:  5-Dec-2012
DART
We eagerly await the result of a bid for funding to set up DArlington Rural Transport (DART). If finance is approved this service will provide transport for Sadberge, Bishopton, Great Stainton and Little Stainton to enable residents to travel into Darlington when the existing service is withdrawn at the end of the year. This service will be vital to students going to college and in particular to the elderly without other means of transport to go shopping or to visit the doctor etc.    
Added:  24-Sep-2012
PACT - Police and Communities Together
There will be no PACT meeting during August.

The next meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 26th September in Sadberge Village Hall. Please note the earlier start time.
Added:  25-Jul-2012
Withdrawal of Rural Bus Services
Despite some spirited efforts, rural bus services including the service to Sadberge will be withdrawn on 30th December 2012. This will be a huge blow to residents in rural villages who will no longer be able to access many facilities.

Efforts are taking place to provide a community transport scheme whether it be a volunteer car scheme or a limited bus service or even both.

I will be attending a workshop with the Community Transport Association next week to look at various issues that may help us to move forward.

I have already requested Arriva to divert the X66 to Stockton and Middlesbrough through Sadberge but this did not receive a favourable response.  
Added:  18-Jul-2012
PACT - Police and Communities Together
Please note the next PACT meeting will be held at 6-30pm on MONDAY 23rd July in Bishopton Village Hall.

All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  6-Feb-2012       Updated:  18-Jul-2012
 

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