The Annual Meeting of electors will take place next Friday, 22nd March 2019 at the Venue, Tyne Road, Stanley. There will be tea and coffee served from 6pm for a 6.30 pm start. The Council will be launching the new Stanley Community Fund at the meeting, which is a new source of grant funding to support local groups and organisations which will provide £100,000 of support for local community organisations in the year from April. The fund is a true partnership and will see every pound invested by the Town Council matched from contributions from other funders, including Kevan Jones MP who will be speaking at the launch. All local community groups who rely on grant funding or would like financial support should come to the meeting to get full details of how and where to apply for funding. The Council will also give an overview of the work it has done in the last year and our plans for next year.
Next week’s Full Council meeting will see the Council considering proposals for a new Community Funding strategy for the Town, discussing a new ‘Miner’s Sunday’ Event to be held on the August Bank Holiday weekend together with other mining heritage initiatives. The meeting starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2019.
All Town Council meetings are open to the public and the public are encouraged to attend.
Gordon was elected last Thursday as the new town councillor for the Havannah ward. Gordon told the Town Clerk that he’s really looking forward to the challenge and brings with him The experience of a career in business and a real desire to work with his Colleagues to help The community in his Shield Row ward and the wider Stanley area. welcome to STC Gordon!
Gordon’s contact details can be found on our Councillors page
There will be a consultation event about the proposals for the County Durham plan this Thursday, 28th June from 4pm – 7pm in the Civic Hall. The County Council are consulting on preferred options and it is essential that they capture as much feedback as possible from residents across the County. The plan will determine the direction of development in County Durham until 20135. For further information see the County Council’s website www.durham.gov.uk/future
The Agenda and background documents for next week’s Ordinary Council meeting have been uploaded. Items being discussed include: Petition received re: Coffee Shop; Proposal for Youth Theatre event on Armed Forces Day; Advice in County Durham local voluntary group networking event; Enhanced Warden Service.
I hereby give notice that the Annual Meeting of electors of Stanley Town Council will be held on:
Tuesday, 17th April 2018, 6.30 pm
At Stanley Civic Hall, Front Street, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 0NA.
Any Elector of the Parish may raise any questions relating to any matters affecting the Parish (not confined to Stanley Town Council matters)
Regular followers of STC will be aware that last December the Council took the decision to video its meetings and to attempt to stream them live. After several attempts at live streaming, we learned that our domestic “shared” broadband connection simply does not have the bandwidth to reliably stream our meetings and will not have unless the Council invest in a dedicated leased line, the cost of which would be difficult to justify.
Therefore, we have created a youtube channel to upload the video footage of our meetings to. Whilst it will not have the immediacy of a live broadcast, it will enable residents to see and hear the Council discussing business and give insight and understanding as to how and why the Council comes to the decisions it makes.
The videos will be linked back to our main website, however they will be available first on the youtube page so please subscribe. The page can be found here: STC You Tube page
Currently only the July meeting is live on the page, the October and September meetings will be uploaded later today.
Elections for all 20 seats of Stanley Town Council and the whole of Durham County Council will be held on 4th May 2017.
Any person who meets the qualifying criteria can stand for election. For more information about what the criteria are and how to stand, check the Electoral Comission’s website
The newly elected Town Council will officially take office at the Town Council’s AGM which will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017. At this meeting, the new Council will elect a Chairman decide membership of Committees and review the Council’s governance documents.
Make sure you’re registered to vote in the forthcoming election.
Just visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote it takes only a few seconds. You will need your National Insurance number.
The December meeting of Council promises to be an interesting one with several important decisions being made. The Council will be considering a draft business case and making a decision whether or not to bid for the old Stanley Urban District Council Offices in Front Street now that DCC have placed them on the market. They will also be considering a proposal to take over the Community Room in West Rd, Annfield Plain and seeking to approve the budget for 2017/18.
The budget being presented to Council by the Finance Committee will be proposing that the Town Council’s part of the Council Tax is frozen next year, whilst allocating a further £60,000 towards cash grants to support community groups and initiatives. More information about the Council Offices and the Community Rooms and the full draft budget are linked below.
PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE MASONIC HALL, 6.30 pm ON TUESDAY 20th DECEMBER. THERE WILL BE MINCE PIES FOR ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ATTEND
Today we are announcing the launch of ‘Ask Stanley 2016’, a comprehensive consultation exercise with Stanley Residents. We want to know what you like about your area, what you don’t, and what you think should be done to improve both the good and bad things. We have put together a short questionnaire and will be trying to get as many people as possible to participate over the next six weeks. The more people take part and the more feedback we get, the better chance we have of identifying the real priorities of Stanley people.
We will use the results to identify issues and options for a more detailed questionnaire to be sent out later in the year and we will use all this evidence to build an action plan for the next five years.
To reach as wide an audience as possible, we are sending a hard copy of the questionnaire to every address in Stanley. The questionnaire will be in the centre pages of the ‘Stanley Life’ magazine, which will be distributed across the parish in the week commencing 18th January. We will also be going out into the community and have arranged sessions to discuss the consultation at:
Catchgate Primary School – 08.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday 9th February
Craghead Village Hall – 09.30am to 11.30am Wednesday 10th February
South Moor Methodist Church – 6pm to 8pm Tuesday 16th February
Tanfield Lea Community Centre – 6pm to 8pm Monday 22nd February
Asda – still to confirm date
Market day – Thursday 21st January 0900am to 1200pm
We will also be speaking to the schools because we want to capture the views of our young people – every person currently aged 13 or over will reach the age of majority during the lifetime of this plan so we need their opinions – any positive changes we can make will have the greatest impact on them.
The Consultation questionnaire can be found on our website at the following address: http://www.stanley-tc.gov.uk/ask2016
Please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Your views are important to us.