Dynamic duo all set for the Stanley beat…

A PAIR of crimefighters are clamping down on community anti-social behaviour in a North Durham town.

Two new neighbourhood wardens have been recruited to prowl the Stanley beat, working alongside their communities to improve the environment and help tackle minor disorder and vandalism.

The new full-time patrolmen are funded by Stanley Town Council, which is also funding essential equipment and training.

Kieron Rice and Dave Jarvis started their first shifts this week and were eased into the role by Paul Rutherford, one of Durham County Council’s community wardens.

Kieron said: “I couldn’t wait to get started. I think Stanley is a great town and there seems to be so much happening at the moment, with everyone pulling in the same direction.

“My aim is to quickly get to know people across the community and begin to build up trust in ourselves and the service. In doing that, we will learn about areas of concern, potential areas of anti-social behaviour and also involve ourselves in some of the proactive community projects happening all over Stanley.

“The more we can help improve Stanley, the better civic pride will be and the more pride we can instil, the easier our jobs will be. Every village and town has its issues with challenging elements, but if we can reduce their impact on other people, then our introduction will have been a success.”

The wardens will work closely with the Town Council as well as other community groups. It will also provide a link with Durham Police, which has backed the introduction of community wardens.

Leader of Stanley Town Council, Councillor David Marshall said: “Stanley will benefit from the arrival of Kieran and Dave, who will immerse themselves in the community and quickly learn about the projects that are making a real difference to their lives and also address some of their concerns.

“When the enhanced wardens service was cancelled in 2015, the quality of life for people in and around Stanley deteriorated. Almost overnight, there was an increase in dog fouling, more fly tipping and a rise in the amount of rubbish blowing around the streets. How can people be proud of where they live in that sort of environment?

“The people of Stanley wanted to see an improvement in their environment, so I’m delighted that we can start tackling that by bringing back a dedicated team of wardens and environmental caretakers that can really get stuck in to improving the environment for all of our communities.”

The wardens will also work alongside Stanley’s Environmental Caretakers, who, among other services, take a lead the town’s “In Bloom” entry and other civic pride programmes.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “This is an example of partnership work at its best, and demonstrates the commitment of Stanley Town Council and ourselves to ensuring Stanley is a safe and attractive place to live, work and visit.

“Neighbourhood wardens make a positive difference in towns and villages across County Durham, and Stanley Town Council’s decision to invest in an enhanced service demonstrates a proactive approach that should be applauded.”

Annual Council Meeting 22nd May 2018

Next Tuesday the Council holds its Annual Meeting. Each May, the Council elects a new Town Mayor to officiate at meetings and be the ‘face’ of the Council in the community.  At the Annual Meeting the Council reviews its constitution and rules, signs off the annual accounts and decides when the Council will meet in the coming Civic Year.

The meeting will commence at 6.30 pm in the Civic Hall. The public are encouraged to attend.

Annual Meeting Agenda 2018

Items 10/ 11 – Minutes of previous meetings

Item 12 – Recommendations Of Commiittees

Item 13 – Constitution and Policies

Item 14 – Accounts & Governance Statement

Item 15 – Section 137 Expenditure 2017-18

Item 18 – 2018-19 Schedule of Meetings v2

 

Projects & Initiatives Committee 10th April 2018

The Agenda and papers for next week’s Projects Committee are linked below.

The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 10th April at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public.  Items to be considered:

Advice Service Specification

Youth Theatre production for Armed Forces Day

Advice in County Durham Networking Event

‘-Projects and Initiatives Agenda 10.4.18

Projects Background Papers (Public) April 18

BEM for Annfield Plain Resident

Gertie Ayer from Annfield Plain received the British Empire Medal from Mrs Sue Snowdon, H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham yesterday at Annfield Plain Central Methodist Church in front of a large gathering of friends, family and well wishers. Local MP Kevan Jones nominated Gertie for the award in recognition of her 75 years of voluntary work in the community at Lee Hill Hospital, Shotley Bridge Hospital (for 40 years) and for the last 30 years visiting the elderly at Stonleigh Care Home, in addition to voluntary work preparing meals and running coffee mornings at the church, work she still does aged 95. An Annfield Plain resident all her life, Gertie truly deserves her recognition and all the members and staff of the Town Council congratulate her.

Full Council Papers 27-3-18

The Agenda and Background Papers for next week’s Ordinary Council Meeting are linked below.  The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Please note: If you wish to ask a question at the meeting, it must be notified to the Clerk in advance of the meeting. The Clerk can be emailed on info@stanley-tc.gov.uk

Business to be discussed at the meeting includes:

Member’s Initiative Fund – Details of the projects supported by Councillors in 2017/18

Events Specification – Tender details

Wardens SLA – Specification for enhanced wardens service

Civic Hall Hire charges

‘-Full Council Agenda 27 March 2018

Background Papers March 18

Council Agenda and Papers 27th February 2018

The agenda and supporting papers for the February Ordinary Council meeting are linked below. Business to be considered at the meeting includes:

Events Specification, War Memorial, Allotments and the Louisa Morrison disaster memorial

Agenda 27 February 2018

February 18 Supporting Papers

The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall and starts at 6.30pm.  All Council meetings are open to the public

Local Sporting Club Needs Your Support

Derwentside A.C. based in Stanley have a chance to win £200,000 to help improve facilities for athletics in the town. The club are through to the national final of Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities Competition and need your support against 29 other finalists. The public vote is open until 16th March and each individual can vote once per day until the closing date.

Brian Buckley chairman of Derwentside A.C. was delighted by the news “We have some excellent young athletes at the club who would benefit greatly from better outdoor facilities to train on and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help our young people. “

The club is based at North Durham Academy.  Kevin Reynolds, Executive Principal of North Durham Academy congratulated Derwentisde A.C. on their success in the competition so far, “The news that Derwentside A.C. have progressed to the national finals could provide fantastic opportunities for both the club and wider local community and we look forward to working on any future developments that may arise out of the competition with Derwentside A.C. and Durham County Council. The possibility of funding to improve facilities that will support the development of young people is an exciting prospect for all.”

 

Votes can be cast via the Persimmon website https://www.persimmonhomes.com/healthy-communities/finalists

Stanley Town Council budget setting 2018/19

The Town Council set its budget for the forthcoming financial year at last Tuesday’s full council meeting. The Council voted to increase the parish precept (which is the part of the Council tax which funds the Council) by 2.95%.

This means that for a Band A property, the parish precept will increase from £59.92 to £61.69 per year. The Band D rate will go from £89.88 to £92.53.

The Council plans to re-introduce an enhanced warden service for Stanley in 2018 to tackle dirty yards, dog fouling and litter around the area, provide more support for local community groups and village halls, whilst continuing to provide funding for the Stanley advice centre, free high quality events throughout the year, youth services and a range of Civic Pride initiatives. The majority of new services will be funded by reducing the subsidy of the Civic Hall.

Proposing the budget increase, Cllr David Marshall said “If no increase is provided, then the ability to provide the improvement in the service we are planning would not be possible”

Full details of the budget can be found here: 2018-19 Budget (Approved)

Video footage of the Council meeting (and all other meetings) can be found on our youtube channel. Tuesday’s meeting is linked below. The budget discussion starts 15 minutes into the meeting.

Council Agenda and Papers 23rd January 2018

Next week’s Full Council meeting will see the Council set the budget for the 2018/19 Financial Year. Other business being considered will include Stanley in Bloom, Funding Police Vehicles and a review of the Council staffing structure (this item will be in closed session).

The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd January at the Civic Hall. All Town Council meetings are open to members of the public.

If members of the public wish to ask the Council questions at the meeting, they must be submitted in advance of the meeting to the Town Clerk, either in person or by email to info@stanley-tc.gov.uk

‘-FC Agenda 23 January 18

Background Papers January 18