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

Blooming Good Fun Awards 2019

Last night (21st October) Stanley Town Council hosted the 2019 Blooming Good Fun awards, a gala evening to award prizes for the most beautiful gardens, yards and business in the Stanley area and to thank the people and organisations from around the Stanley area who contributed to the Town Council’s first entry of the town into Northumbria in Bloom.

The winners of the three categories were Alan Gleghorn for best garden,

 

Kathleen Gibson for Best Yard, and

Stanley Park Care Home for Best business.

The overall winner was Alan Gleghorn, see below being presented with his award by Town Mayor Cllr Carole Hampson

Speakers included Oliver Sherrat, Head of Environment at Durham County Council, discussing the importance of partnership work in improving the street scene, Nathan Hopkins from the Woodshed Workshop – a social enterprise based in Sacriston which works with people who are long term unemployed, taking mental or other health issues and uses reclaimed materials to make bespoke furniture and Cllr Les Timbey, the Leader of the Council who outlined how working together with residents, charities and community groups had made the project such a success.

At the event, Town Mayor Carole Hampson re-presented the Tanfield in Bloom group with the Percy Boydell Cup for overall winners of Northumbria in Bloom which they won, beating off the likes of Durham City, Hexham, Corbridge and Saltburn-by-the-Sea to take the trophy. Tanfield are competing in the National Britain in Bloom finals in Friday in London and we wish them all the very best.

A raffle was also held for the Town Mayor’s chosen charity, PACT House, which raised £171.

REMEMBRANCE EVENTS IN STANLEY NOVEMBER 2019

Details of the Remembrance Events being held on Sunday 10th November around the Stanley area are listed below.  The Council is pleased to announce that following the positive reaction from the community last year, the remembrance beacon in Front Street will be lit again at 7pm on Sunday evening. 

Sunday 10th November

Annfield Plain

11am The Avenue, Greencroft

11am Loud Bank Memorial, West Road

Annfield Plain Cenotaph

1.45 Tesco Car Park meet up.
2pm Service at St Teresa’s Church.
2.30pm March from Church to Memorial in Park
2.45 approx Wreath laying in Park at Memorial

Craghead

10.45 at the War Memorial

South Moor

10.45 Memorial Park

Stanley

9.45 am Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 am at the Memorial in St Andrews Church

6.45 pm “Battles Over” Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Stanley Front Street

Tanfield

9.00am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.

Tanfield Lea

1.00 pm Tanfield Lea Club

Monday 11th November 

Civic Hall Stanley, 11 am

 

Agenda for Finance Committee 15th October 2019 Uploaded

The Agenda for Finance Committee is linked below. The primary business for the Committee this month is to review the recommendations of the Events & Civic Hall working groups and to consider the first estimates for next year’s Council budgets.

All meetings of STC are open to the public. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall

‘-Finance and General Purposes Agenda 15th October 2019

Background Papers Finance October 2019

Kids go for a quid at the Civic Hall

Kids go for a quid at the Civic Hall Cinema this Summer!

STC is pleased to announce that for the remainder of the Summer Holidays, Under 16s can enjoy films on the big screen at the Civic Hall for just £1 on all the remaining Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning screenings.

Adults still only £3.

Any advance sales for U16s will be refunded on the day please speak to the box office on arrival

Celebrating Tanfield’s Railway Heritage

Stanley Town Council, working in conjunction with the Tanfield Railway and Midland Railway Society recently unveiled a heritage plaque in celebration of local man, the son of a pitman from Clough Dene who went on to become a pioneer in the development of the Victorian railway, the first Locomotive Superintendent of the Midland Railway,  founder of the massive Derby works and designer of steam locomotives some of which survived in service for 80 years, through both world wars to the end of steam.
Matthew Kirtley was born in February 1813 in Clough Dene, Tanfield. It is perhaps no coincidence given that Tanfield was a pioneering place in the development of the railway that Kirtley joined the Stockton & Darlington Railway as an apprentice aged 13 in 1826 and would have worked under either the Stephensons or Timothy Hackworth. In any case, it is likely he was present as a 16 year old at the now legendary Rainhill trials, won by Stephenson’s Rocket (but at which Hackworth also sold his locomotive, Sans Pareil). Indeed he was soon on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway working as a fireman. Kirtley’s career was closely linked to the Stephensons and it was under their patronage that he rose through the ranks.
Kirtley’s career progressed – he became an engine driver and by 1836 he was employed by the London & Birmingham railway looking after locomotives and static engines at Camden shed. An urban myth has persisted for many years that it was he who drove the first train into the new terminus of the railway,  Euston station – he may well have driven works trains into Euston before it was opened but it is highly unlikely he would have taken the controls of the first public train into the station.
By 1842 Kirtley had risen to the position of Locomotive Superintendent at the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway. Two years later, when the Midland Counties, North Midland and Birmingham & Derby Junction merged to form the Midland, Kirtley only 33 years of age and the Superintendent of the smallest of the three companies was appointed Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent for the new railway.
Kirtley had to oversee the standardisation of a vehicle fleet which contained a myriad of different locomotive designs from different makers. This trend continued as the Midland expanded rapidly, absorbing company after company. Kirtley needed to consolidate the repair maintenance and manufacturing capability of the railway. By 1851 Derby could build its own locomotives.
Matthew Kirtley died on May 24th 1873 at his home in Derby aged 60. His funeral was attended by all the management and foremen of the company and some 800 workers, such was his popularity after 30 years with the company.
The plaque was unveiled by Town Mayor Cllr Carole Hampson in a ceremony attended by Don Asher of the Midland Railway Society, representatives of the Tanfield Railway, local residents and Town Councillors for the Tanfield ward who put the request for recognition of Mr Kirtley forward.
A more detailed biography of Matthew Kirtley by Don Asher of the Midland Railway Society can be found HERE

Half Term Family Cinema dates at the Civic Hall

We’ve often heard people reminisce about Saturday morning cinema at the Civic Hall. This coming half term, there will be no need to reminisce any more as we will be screening “Into the Spiderverse” at 10 am on Saturday 1st June 2019 on our brand new High Definition full size cinema screen – with proper theatre sound.  It’s the full cinema experience back here in Stanley.

We will also be showing Lego Movie: The Second Part on Tuesday 28th May at 1pm and Mary Poppins Returns on Thursday 30th May also at 1pm. A perfect inexpensive family activity for the Half Term holiday.

Entry only £3

pop and sweets will be available in the Hall but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Stanley Town Council is committed to providing affordable entertainment for families

Play in the Park Dates Summer 2019

We are pleased to announce the dates and locations for this year’s summer Play in the Park Events, which can be found on our Play in the Park page HERE

Now in our fourth year, the popular free events have become a firm family favourite in Stanley. This year we are bringing an even more diverse mix of activities to the events – the full programmes will be announced closer to the day. For now, just get the dates in your diary!