Casual Vacancy for a Councillor in the South Moor Ward of Stanley Town Council

An election has been requested to fill the vacancy for the South Moor Ward of Stanley Town Council.

Under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the vacancy will be held open until Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

If you have any questions, please email electoralservices@durham.gov.uk or write to Electoral Services, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL

Dated Tuesday 30

June Terry Collins
Returning Officer

Full Council Meeting 24th March 2020

The Council will be holding a meeting next Tuesday in order to put in place emergency arrangements to allow the Council to function and take steps to support the community through the challenges we are facing.

The agenda is linked below.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24th March 2020

The Council is legally obliged to admit the public to its meetings, however in the current conditions we urge members of the public not to attend this meeting. We have taken steps to ensure that the legal minimum number of Councillors attend to make a legal decision and the minimum number of staff.

We will report fully the decisions taken immediately after the meeting. Please follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing and avoiding unneccesary contact with people, .

Notice of Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Meeting of electors will take place on Tuesday 17th March 2019 at the Venue, Tyne Road, Stanley. There will be tea and coffee served from 6pm for a 6.30 pm start.

Local community groups and organisations have been invited share details of the services they provide and details of the support they have received from the Town Council over the past year

The Annual meeting is an opportunity for all electors of the parish of Stanley to raise issues and ask questions about any matters relating to the Town. The Council will also give an overview of the work it has done in the last year and our plans for next year.

Council Agendas Tuesday 25th February 2020

There will be two meetings of Stanley Town Council held next Tuesday.

At 6.15 pm, the Council will be considering a motion to create an honorary Freeman of the Town.

At 6.30 pm, the Ordinary meeting will consider business including Stragetic Grant Fund, Stanley Masterplan, Communications Plan and a Resident Survey

‘-Extra Council Agenda 25th February 2020

‘-Full Council Agenda 25th February 2020

February 2020 Combined Papers

COUNCIL BACKS BUDGET TO BUILD ON STANLEY SUCCESS

THE AMBITIONS, concerns and passions of people in Stanley are placed at the heart of the 2020/21 budget, agreed this week [21 January] by the Town Council.

Councillors threw their weight behind the 2020/21 Budget, which includes a plan to carry out the most thorough consultation exercise ever carried out in the town and its surrounding areas.

“Three years ago, we made a pledge to the people of Stanley that their views would be listened to and acted upon,” said Council Leader, Les Timbey. “What we want to do now is take that even further – we want to engage with them directly and learn not only what we can deliver for them as a Town Council, but what changes people want to see beyond our remit.

“We want to know about their ambitions for the town, what makes residents concerned, we want their views about their children’s education, how care is provided…we want to create a Stanley Knowledge Bank and leverage the collective weight of the Council, councillors and officers to become agents for positive change, building on the success we have had over the last three years.”

Investment has been made available for a series of regeneration projects in and around Stanley, all of which will be included in a “Stanley Masterplan”, providing a blueprint for regeneration and development across the area.

Extra provision has also been made available for the voluntary sector, which is increasingly relied upon to bolster public service or, in some extreme cases, replace ones cut from public sector budgets.

The Town Council has also pledged to bring a Pantomime back to the Civic Hall in 2020, and has recruited a professional production team to stage the popular Christmas curtain raiser.

Among other projects approved is continued support for the popular “Play in the Park” events for children and parents during the summer holidays, Stanley’s spectacular annual fireworks extravaganza and continued investment in the community wardens and environmental caretakers service.

The Council is also continuing with the Stanley Fund, that has delivered thousands of pounds of grant support to Stanley groups and organisations, since it launched last year.

Cllr Timbey explained how the new budget was once again designed to protect the most vulnerable, enhance the town’s offer, but most of all put Stanley residents at the heart of decision-making.

“Every pound and penny we spend is done so with the sole intention of making things better for our residents, communities and businesses,” said Cllr Timbey.

“We keep getting told by Government that its cruel and unrelenting austerity measures are over, but they are still being felt in Stanley and across County Durham.

“This Budget shows that Stanley Town Council will continue to back projects that have a significant impact on the lives of people in the Stanley area. Our focus remains on enhancing the environment, improving safety, supporting community projects and, once again, asking people what they want to see in Stanley and working with our partners to make sure the projects are delivered.”

The Council has been forced to increase its precept by 2.99% from the 2019/20 Budget to keep in step with inflation.

“Any rise in taxation is not something we take lightly,” added Cllr Timbey, “but we are confident what is a relatively small increase will deliver huge benefits for the community”

Deputy Leader, Cllr Mark Davinson, said: “I am proud of what this Council has achieved over the past three years and I wholeheartedly believe this Budget empowers us to build on the progress we’ve already made.

“While great strides have been made in public engagement, we expect the forthcoming consultation exercise to once again deliver some real key priorities for us to act upon.”

Full Council Agenda & Papers Uploaded 21st January 2020

The Agenda and background papers for next Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting are linked below. The January meeting is the one where the Council is required to set it’s budget and precept (Council tax) for 2020/21.

The Council will also be considering the proposal to stage a Pantomime in the Civic Hall for 2020.

The meeting will be held in the Civic Hall on Tuesday 21st January at 6.30 pm.  All Council meetings are open to the public and the public are encouraged to attend.

‘-Full Council Agenda 21st January 2020

Jan 2020 Combined Papers

Greenland School Application withdrawn

The Town Council has just been informed that the Planning Application to turn the old Greenland School into a care home which the Council lodged an official objection against has been withdrawn by the applicant.

Stanley Town Mayor Cllr Carole Hampson said “I would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting and for the continued support. I would also like to thank the planning officer for writing a comprehensive report, it was well researched”

Full Council Agenda 26th November 2019 Uploaded

The Agenda and supporting papers for next week’s Full Council meeting have been added to our documents page and are available to view/ download.

On the Agenda for next week:

Stanley Master Plan

St George’s Church Closure

War Memorials

Council Budget

Please note this meeting will be held at the Masonic Hall, Scott Street, Stanley NOT at the Civic Hall. All Council meetings are open to the public and the public may ask questions at the meeting related to the business being discussed. Please contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting if you wish to ask the Council a question.

Fuill Council 22nd October 2019 Papers Uploaded

The Agenda and Background papers for next week’s meeting of Stanley Town Council are linked below. The meeting will take place at the Civic Hall, 6.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd October.

A representative of the Stars Youth Project which is partially funded by the Town Council will be present to report on the activity of the project in the year to date.

Other business can be seen on the agenda. All STC meetings are open to the public. Questions may be asked in relation to any of the business being discussed by informing the Clerk prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Agenda 22nd October 2019

October 2019 FC Background Papers