Securing the future, remembering the past – Pine St Improvements

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.

Full Council Papers Uploaded 18th April 2017

The final Full Council meeting of the current Council will be held next Tuesday at 6.30 pm at the Civic Hall. Business for discussion includes: Events, Heritage Funding, Civic Hall theatre improvements, Relocation of the Louisa Morrison Memorial from St Aidan’s Church, Council Offices update, New Member Training after the election.

The public are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be streamed live on Facebook.

Agenda 18 April 2017

Background Papers

Council Papers Uploaded – 21st February 2017

The Agenda and papers for next week’s meeting of Council are linked below.

We believe that we may be the first Town Council in County Durham and possibly beyond to broadcast our meeting live on Facebook so we will be offering a new way for the public to interact with our meetings from their own homes on Tuesday, fingers crossed there will be no technical problems!

The business on the agenda to be discussed will include decisions being made about projects, events and initiatives the Council is taking forward in 2017 and an update on progress towards a number of the Council’s medium term objectives, including a virtual tour of the old Front Street Council offices.

Agenda 21 February 2017

February Supporting Docs

Council Papers for 15th November Uploaded

Council will be considering whether or not to become the custodian of Annfield Plain War Memorial, what a brand new war memorial for the whole of Stanley could look like, whether or not to provide a community defibrillator for the town and looking at budgets for next year at Tuesday’s meeting. We will also be considering a request for funding for a charity swimathon being organised at Stanley baths by the Rotary Club of Derwentside, the new ALDI proposal and proposed changes to Dog Control Orders across the County.

The public are both welcomed and encouraged to come and participate in our meetings, this meeting will be held at the Stanley Education Centre (next to Shield Row School) at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 15th November. The hot chocolate from the free vending machine at Shield Row is recommended so we hope to see you there!

The papers are attached below:

Agenda

Background Documents

Council Agenda 18th October 2016

The Agenda and Papers for the next Full Council meeting of Stanley Town Council are linked below. Among the business will be the consideration of projects, initiatives to be budgeted for in the next financial year, asset transfer of the old Front Street Offices, Parks and community buildings, provision of community defibrillator devices and more. The meeting will be held at Stanley Civic Hall, Front Street, at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

Agenda

Council Minutes (September meeting)

Committee Minutes

Background Papers

Photo: Simon Green

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: 1st July 2016

The 1st July marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive,The battle was fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The Durham Light Infantry had two battalions in action on the first day of the Somme, the 18th (31st Division) opposite Serre and the 15th (21st Division) north of Fricourt. The 15th battalion, aided by its Division artillery’s used of a rolling barrage, captured the German front line trenches and pressed on, until by the afternoon the battalion advanced an additional 600 yards to the edge of Shelter Wood, beating off a counterattack until relieved that night. Casualties amounted to 440 officers and other ranks.

The planned advance of D company of the 18th battalion that morning was overlooked by German forces in the ruins of Serre and together with the other assaulting troops of the first wave suffered grievous losses and gained no ground. The retaliatory German shelling virtually destroyed the front line and communication trenches and the remaining companies of the 18th and other battalions were ordered to prepare a defence in case of counterattack.

They remained in these shattered trenches, attempting to repair them and rescuing the wounded from no-mans land, under at times intense bombardment, until relieved during the night of 4 July. When reassembled the battalion had 14 officers and 357 men, having lost 58% of its strength killed and wounded.

An exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the DLI’s role in it is running at Durham University’s Palace Green Library: Somme 1916: from Durham to the Western Front, open now until 2 October 2016 https://www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green/somme/

More information about the DLI’s role at the Somme can be found on the Durham Record Office’s website: http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/…/BattleoftheSomme.aspx

Tommy Armstrong Heritage Plaque to be unveiled on 11th June 2016

Stanley Town Council and the Tommy Armstrong Society are proud to announce that this Saturday will see the unveiling of the first ‘heritage’ plaque in Stanley under an initiative agreed last year to promote and celebrate the history of the Parish.

It is fitting that the first plaque will be to mark the place of rest of Tommy Armstrong, the famous poet and songwriter who lived in several locations in the parish and whose work celebrated and recorded the people, places and struggles of the area.

The unveiling of the plaque, which will be sited at Tanfield Church, will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday 11th June. Following the unveiling by the Chairman of the Council there will be a blessing held at Tommy Armstrong’s graveside and performances of two of Tommy Armstrong’s songs.

 

Picture: The Tommy Armstrong heritage plaque being put in place ready for the unveiling

Town Council launches Blue Plaque Scheme

Stanley Town Council is launching a blue plaque scheme within the Parish to celebrate the area’s heritage. The Parish includes not just Stanley but surrounding villages including Annfield Plain, Catchgate, Tanfield, South Moor and Craghead.

The intention will be to commemorate noteworthy individuals and locations across the Parish and develop a heritage trail for the interest of residents and visitors alike. For more information about the Scheme or to nominate a location for a Blue Plaque, please see our Blue Plaque Scheme Page