Unfortunately the optimism expressed in the December issue of NELPG News and earlier messages was recently dashed by a communication from Darlington Borough Council that the length of the shed needed by NELPG to carry out various operations on engines and the coach in a safe manner could not be provided. Detailed discussions have taken place, and unfortunately there does not seem to be a solution in sight.
We were being asked to make a commitment by 12th April to move into the 1861 building in the Autumn of 2022, otherwise to vacate our base in the Carriage Works at that time. At a meeting the Board decided we could not make that commitment.
The steps necessary to bring our lease at Hopetown Carriageworks to an end are in progress.. The date proposed is 1st September 2022.