NOTICE OF ELECTION – Havannah Ward

Election of a Town Councillor for

HAVANNAH WARD OF STANLEY PARISH

  1. An Election is to be held of One Town Councillor for Havannah Ward of Stanley Parish.
  2. Forms of nomination for the Parish Election may be obtained from the Clerk to the Parish Council or the Returning Officer, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, (between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm) who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered in person to the Returning Officer, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm), on any day from the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 9th August 2018. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 6th September 2018.
  4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL by 5 pm on Tuesday, 21st August 2018.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL by 5 pm on Wednesday, 29th August 2018.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 29th August 2018, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Returning Officer, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL by 5 pm on Thursday, 6th September 2018.

Dated Wednesday 1 August 2018 Terry Collins Returning Officer

Introducing our new Events Management Partner

Stanley Town Council has joined forces with local company Alan Hillary Events to deliver its events programme over the next 3 years. The Council took the decision to seek a professional events management partner to improve the quality of events delivered for residents and to enable the Town Council’s own staff to focus on delivering more community projects in the Stanley area.

James Harper, STC Environment Manager, (pictured, right) met with Scott Hillary (left) today to finalise the arrangements for the Town Council’s Play in the Park events.

James said “Alan Hillary Events have 30 years of experience in this area, put forward the strongest bid for the contract and we’re looking forward to working with them”.

For more information about the company, see their facebook page linked below

https://www.facebook.com/AlanHillaryEventsLtd/

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.”

Full Council 24th July 2018 – Papers Uploaded

The papers for next week’s Full Council meeting are linked below.  The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at the Civic Hall, Front St, Stanley. The meeting is open to the public.  If members of the public wish to participate and ask questions, the Town Clerk should be contacted in advance of the meeting and advised what the question relates to.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24 July 2018

Combined Papers Full Council July 18

Extra-Ordinary Council Meeting Friday 20th July 2018

There will be an Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Council to consider bids received for the events management tender on Friday 20th July, 6.30pm.  The meeting will be held at Craghead Village Hall, Middles Road, Craghead.

Please note that the meeting will not be open to the public after Agenda Item 4 due to the Commercial Sensitivity of the matter being discussed.

The Agenda is linked below.

Agenda 20-7-18 (signed copy)

Full Council 26th June 2018

The papers for next week’s Full Council meeting are linked below.

The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at Civic Hall, Front Street Stanley. All Stanley Town Council meetings are open to the public, who are encouraged to attend.

If any members of the public wish to ask the Council a question in relation to any business on the agenda, they should use the Contact Us page.

‘-Full Council Agenda 26 June 2018

June 2018 Background Papers

Notice of Casual Vacancy in the Office of Town Councillor

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That due to the resignation of Councillor Thomas Armstrong, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by the 3rd July 2018 (14 clear days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to:

The Returning Officer

Electoral Services

Room 1/104-155

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UL

by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy; otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 7th September 2018.

Dated: Friday 15th June 2018

Alan Shaw

Town Clerk

PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

 

Stanley Town Council’s Annual Return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents.

 

These documents for Stanley Town Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) commencing on Wednesday 13 June 2018 and ending on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

If you wish to view them then please contact Stanley Town Council’s representative:

Mr A Shaw, Town Clerk

Civic Hall

Front St, Stanley

Co Durham, DL9 0NA

Tel: (01207) 299109

Local Electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Town Council.   The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 13 June 2018 and ends on 24 July 2018

The Council’s annual return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice.

The appointed auditor of Stanley Town Council is: Mazars, Salvus house, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TS Tel: (0191)  383 6348

This announcement is made by Alan Shaw, Town Clerk 11th June 2018

Copy of Annual return is linked below:

Accounts & Governance Statement