Crime & Community Safety Agenda Uploaded

The next meeting of Council is the Crime & Community Safety Meeting. The Committee will be hearing presentations from Groundwork North East and Durham Money Advice about the services they provide which are funded by the Town Council and the Committee will be making recommendations as to items which should be included for funding in the next financial year.

The Meeting will be held at the Shield Row Education Centre, King Edward VIII Terrace (next to Shield Row School) at 6.30pm on Tuesday 8th November. All meetings are open to the public.

Agenda

Background Papers

All Dogs must be Microchipped by April

From this April it will be compulsory for dogs to be fitted with a microchip.

The change in the law is intended to deal with an increasing number of stray dogs.  The chips are coded with the owners’ details and dog owners who do not get their dogs chipped could be fined.

It will also be a requirement to update the database with any changes to the owner’s details, ike a change of address.

If you’re thinking of buying a puppy, make sure that the breeder has had it microchipped. If your dog has not yet been chipped, please contact your vet who will be able to help you.

More information is available on the Durham County Council website http://www.durham.gov.uk/microchipping

Bonfire Incidents down

Bonfire night statistics collected by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service show a decrease in the number of incidents attended by the Service compared to last year.

The CDDFRS control centre and operational crews coped well throughout bonfire night taking 128 calls (up 7 per cent on 2014) and attending 67 incidents (down 17 per cent on 2014), 35 of which were fires (14 fewer fires than 2014).

Of the 128 calls taken by Control, 73 per cent were received between 4pm and 9pm.

Stuart Errington, chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are pleased that year on year more people are following our advice and attending organised firework displays; a much safer and economical way to enjoy bonfire night.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and our partners, including the local authorities and police, that we have been able to continue to drive down these incidents and keep people safe in County Durham and Darlington. We would like to remind those people carrying forward bonfire events into the weekend to continue to follow the Firework Safety Code.”

 

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For further information, please contact Clare Robinson, communications manager

Phone 0191 375 5600 or email  crobinson@ddfire.gov.uk

County Council offering Winter Car Safety Checks

Keeping safe on the roads this winter

Motorists are being urged to stay safe on the roads this winter by making sure their vehicles are fully prepared.

Durham County Council provides MOT testing and winter vehicle health checks at its servicing centres for members of the public and businesses.

Health checks involve looking at tyres, the battery, wipers, the engine, heating and ventilation, washers, anti-freeze and starter and charger systems.

All works, including MOTs, are carried out by fully qualified technicians and customers do not have to have repairs done there and then, however staff will advise of any work needed to bring the vehicle up to legal standard and withstand a long winter.

Michael Toas, county fleet manager, said: “Vehicle health checks can help make sure your car or van is ready for frosty driving conditions. With winter almost here and temperatures starting to drop, now is the time to think about when your vehicle was last checked as being prepared could help you keep safe and on the move.”

MOTs cost from £42 and are available for cars, minibuses and commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, while winter health checks are priced from £26.

To book an MOT or winter health check contact any of the following council service centres:

 

  • Annfield Plain Morrison Busty depot on 03000 265 638
  • Chilton depot on 03000 266 247
  • Meadowfield depot on 03000 269 342
  • Peterlee depot on 03000 264 100

 

For further information visit www.durham.gov.uk/MOT

New Community hub?

Council to support new Community Hub proposal

New Community hub?

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Stanley Town Councillors voted unanimously to support a new social project aimed to address social, training, health and wellbeing needs for a range of residents. The project, provisionally named ‘PACT House’, will be a collaboration between Stanley Police, the Town Council and other key partners and will be a ‘one stop shop’ for a number of support and community services, many of which are about to be displaced by the imminent closure of the Tommy Armstrong centre.  The Town Council has agreed to taking on the lease of the former Lloyds Bank building in Front Street Stanley to provide a base for a number of community projects, including a youth cafe, advice services and a number of others.  More information to follow.