Securing the future, remembering the past – Pine St Improvements

A regeneration project that captures the history of its residents has been completed in South Moor.

Due to issues with flooding across the South Moor Terraces in Stanley, the Wear Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Stanley Town Council, Durham County Council, Groundwork North East and contractors Seymour Civil Engineering have installed a sustainable urban drainage system, a natural approach to managing drainage and recycling water.

To do this, rain garden planters were fitted between the pavement, providing homes for five trees, each commemorating one year of fighting in the First World War.

Along with additional foliage, the trees, positioned along the length of Pine Street, act as markers within the Twizell Heritage Trail, a route which tells the story of South Moor’s origins shortly before the First World War and how the miners shaped the community. Each tree will be marked with a World War one battle insignia, remembering the hundreds of miners who lost their lives.

The project also saw the pathways fitted with block paving designed in the style of old fashioned film reel to commemorate the important role that local cinemas played in war time communications.

During both World Wars, the community surrounding Stanley depended upon the five cinemas in the area for updates from the frontline.

Town Mayor Bala Nair said: “It’s fantastic to see a project that the Town Council has invested in come to fruition. The new scheme has given Pine St a big facelift but it will also have a positive impact in reducing the incidence of flooding in South Moor, which has been a problem for years”

Adrian Cantle-Jones, the Durham County Council Project Manager, said: “South Moor residents are delighted with the wonderful improvements to Pine Street and the wider Twizzel Burn and South Moor Heritage Trail. The South Moor Partnership is looking forward to continuing the regeneration of the South Moor Terraces and Twizzel Burn Catchment”.

Keith Love from Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “As a company, we are really proud to have been a part of a project that has not only contributed to environmental improvement and flood alleviation, but has commemorated Stanley’s heritage.

Stanley Town Council invested £60,000 in the Pine St scheme, the improvements in Memorial park including the new bridges in the woods and contributes to the maintenance of the heritage trail, keeping the path clear for people to enjoy.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

The Annual General Meeting, the first meeting of the newly elected Town Council, will be held next Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 6.30pm in the Civic Hall.

The most important item of business will be for the Council to elect a new Chairman for the Civic year, followed by the membership of Committees and review of Governance Documents.

All meetings are open to the public.

AGM Agenda 2017

AGM 2017 Combined Papers

Council Papers Uploaded – 21st February 2017

The Agenda and papers for next week’s meeting of Council are linked below.

We believe that we may be the first Town Council in County Durham and possibly beyond to broadcast our meeting live on Facebook so we will be offering a new way for the public to interact with our meetings from their own homes on Tuesday, fingers crossed there will be no technical problems!

The business on the agenda to be discussed will include decisions being made about projects, events and initiatives the Council is taking forward in 2017 and an update on progress towards a number of the Council’s medium term objectives, including a virtual tour of the old Front Street Council offices.

Agenda 21 February 2017

February Supporting Docs

Remembrance Events in Stanley, November 2016

Details of the Remembrance Events being held this Sunday around Stanley:

 Annfield Plain

1.45 Tesco Car Park march to Annfield Plain Methodist Church
2pm Service at Annfield Plain Methodist Church.
2.30pm March from Church to Memorial in Park
2.45 approx Wreath laying in Park at Memorial

Also in Annfield Plain, ceremonies are held at the Memorial in the Avenue, Greencroft, at 11 am and at the Loud Bank Memorial, also at 11 am.

South Moor

10.45 Memorial Park

Craghead

10.45 at the War Memorial

Stanley

9.45 Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 at the Memorial in St Andrews Church

Tanfield

9.00am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.

Civic Hall, Stanley, Friday 11th November, 11am

In addition to the events at the weekend, the Town Council will be holding a wreath laying event  on Friday 11th November at the Civic Hall. All residents are invited to join us for 2 minutes silence.

Council Papers for September 20th Uploaded

The paper’s for next Tuesday’s meeting of Stanley Town Council have been published.  The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall in Front Street, Stanley at 6.30 pm and the Public are welcome to attend and participate.

Items to be considered will be:

Funding request for Fireworks

Proposals for funding the PACT House

Funding for Front Street Improvements

Civic Hall Coffee Shop

OAPs Christmas Dinner

We hope to see you there. The papers for the meeting are attached below.

Agenda 20th September 16

Background Documents

Item 4 Public Questions

Items 5 & 6 Minutes

Item 7 Funding Request

Items 8 & 9 Finance

Item 13 Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop Appendix (Excel spreadsheet)

Photograph: Simon Green from the Beamish Museum Leek Show

Tommy Armstrong Heritage Plaque to be unveiled on 11th June 2016

Stanley Town Council and the Tommy Armstrong Society are proud to announce that this Saturday will see the unveiling of the first ‘heritage’ plaque in Stanley under an initiative agreed last year to promote and celebrate the history of the Parish.

It is fitting that the first plaque will be to mark the place of rest of Tommy Armstrong, the famous poet and songwriter who lived in several locations in the parish and whose work celebrated and recorded the people, places and struggles of the area.

The unveiling of the plaque, which will be sited at Tanfield Church, will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday 11th June. Following the unveiling by the Chairman of the Council there will be a blessing held at Tommy Armstrong’s graveside and performances of two of Tommy Armstrong’s songs.

 

Picture: The Tommy Armstrong heritage plaque being put in place ready for the unveiling