Durham City Centre – What needs to change

Summary of answers to the question “What needs to change?”

The most frequent comments are listed in descending order of popularity, i.e. most popular are at top – the ones starred are particularly recurrent.

***Redress the huge imbalance towards student accommodation, and the various problems this causes
**Change the County Council’s approach to making planning decisions: take on board the views of local residents
**Increase the diversity of retail outlets (both big names and small independent/speciality **shops); reduce business rates/rents
*Provide more housing (e.g. affordable housing; housing for families, older people and young professionals)
*Preserve and protect the City’s heritage
*Protect green spaces/green belt and the environment
*Improve traffic management and provide a better road system
*Upgrade North Road
*Improve the provision for pedestrians
Promote and support tourism (e.g. reopen the Tourist Information Office)
Deal with littering and clean the streets
Tackle the drinking culture leading to anti-social behaviour
Provide more entertainment facilities (e.g. a multiplex cinema)
Set up a Durham City Council
Provide more community, leisure, and cultural facilities
Improve the Riverside
Develop balanced communities
Tackle parking issues (e.g. extend the Park & Ride facilities)
Improve public transport
Improve the Market Place
Improve infrastructural facilities
Improve the Bus Station
Improve cycling facilities

One Response to Durham City Centre – What needs to change

  1. Diana Sanderson says:

    Concerned about accessible parking. The spaces adjacent to the Market Place has been turned into a builder’s yard for months now with no alternative provided.
    If the Cathedral really wants to be open and accessible some agreement with the university is urgently required about the provision of some disabled parking spaces on Palace Green. You cannot have a World Heritage Site from which one group of people is excluded. We do not want a repeat of the disgraceful lack of provision for Blue Badge holders during the Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition which caused difficulties for visitors and residents of the city alike.
    Car parks are claiming to be full and so not admitting Blue badge holders when there are spaces available for them.
    A real crack down on abuse of Blue Badge use is well overdue.