Stanley Town Council is delighted to announce the dates for this year’s Summer Play in the Park Events. As always, all the rides and activities will be FREE so get the dates in your diary now.
The dates are:
Wed 1 Aug – View Lane Park
Sat 4 Aug – Oakies Park
Wed 8 Aug – South Moor Greenland School Playing Fields
Sat 18 Aug – Annfield Plain Park
Wed 22 Aug – Craghead Millennium Green
All events are from 10 am to 3 pm
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall and starts at 6.30pm. All Council meetings are open to the public
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.
There is a full agenda to be considered at next week’s meeting. Items to be discussed:
Derelict Buildings & land; Environmental Cleanup team; Christmas Events review; Christmas lights; Police Cars; Road Safety; Comms Strategy.
The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall at 6.30 pm and is open to members of the public.
A regeneration project that captures the history of its residents has been completed in South Moor.
Due to issues with flooding across the South Moor Terraces in Stanley, the Wear Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Stanley Town Council, Durham County Council, Groundwork North East and contractors Seymour Civil Engineering have installed a sustainable urban drainage system, a natural approach to managing drainage and recycling water.
To do this, rain garden planters were fitted between the pavement, providing homes for five trees, each commemorating one year of fighting in the First World War.
Along with additional foliage, the trees, positioned along the length of Pine Street, act as markers within the Twizell Heritage Trail, a route which tells the story of South Moor’s origins shortly before the First World War and how the miners shaped the community. Each tree will be marked with a World War one battle insignia, remembering the hundreds of miners who lost their lives.
The project also saw the pathways fitted with block paving designed in the style of old fashioned film reel to commemorate the important role that local cinemas played in war time communications.
During both World Wars, the community surrounding Stanley depended upon the five cinemas in the area for updates from the frontline.
Town Mayor Bala Nair said: “It’s fantastic to see a project that the Town Council has invested in come to fruition. The new scheme has given Pine St a big facelift but it will also have a positive impact in reducing the incidence of flooding in South Moor, which has been a problem for years”
Adrian Cantle-Jones, the Durham County Council Project Manager, said: “South Moor residents are delighted with the wonderful improvements to Pine Street and the wider Twizzel Burn and South Moor Heritage Trail. The South Moor Partnership is looking forward to continuing the regeneration of the South Moor Terraces and Twizzel Burn Catchment”.
Keith Love from Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “As a company, we are really proud to have been a part of a project that has not only contributed to environmental improvement and flood alleviation, but has commemorated Stanley’s heritage.
Stanley Town Council invested £60,000 in the Pine St scheme, the improvements in Memorial park including the new bridges in the woods and contributes to the maintenance of the heritage trail, keeping the path clear for people to enjoy.
The paper’s for next Tuesday’s meeting of Stanley Town Council have been published. The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall in Front Street, Stanley at 6.30 pm and the Public are welcome to attend and participate.
Items to be considered will be:
Funding request for Fireworks
Proposals for funding the PACT House
Funding for Front Street Improvements
Civic Hall Coffee Shop
OAPs Christmas Dinner
We hope to see you there. The papers for the meeting are attached below.
Photograph: Simon Green from the Beamish Museum Leek Show
Members of Stanley Town Council voted to support a project initiated by the Wear Rivers Trust, Nothumbrian Water and Durham County Council to improve the area around the Twizell Burn watercourse in Stanley. The Twizell starts it’s course around the Morrison Busty and has suffered from poor water quality, drainage and poor amenity along it’s course. Large areas along the course of the burn have been prone to flooding for many years. There is a large project supported by partner agencies to solve the problems that the Twizell has and to improve the recreation value for residents. At last Tuesday’s meeting, Councillors decided to support this project by:
- Funding new paths in Memorial Park
- Funding new paths along South Stanley Nature Reserve and Langley View
- Funding a sustainable drainage scheme in Pine Street, South Moor as part of the Heritage Trail
The Town Council has already stated it will support proposals for the Heritage Trail in South Moor remembering men of the town who died in the First World War by maintaining the signage after it is installed. The parts of the scheme that the Town Council is funding will allow more people to enjoy walks along the banks of the Twizell and will improve the look and feel of Pine Street whilst reducing the flood risk for residents of South Moor.