Council AGM 24th May 2016

Last night the Town Council held it’s Annual Meeting. At the Annual meeting, members elect to key positions for the forthcoming year. Councillor Joan Nicholson was re-elected Chairman of the Town Council, having served as Chairman in 2015/16. Councillor William Nixon was also re-elected as Vice Chairman. Appointments to Committees were as follows:
Crime & Community Safety: Chair Cllr Christine Bell; Vice Chair Cllr Colin Thompson
Comms & Events: Chair Cllr David Mills; Vice Chair Cllr Mary Wilkinson
Finance: Chair Cllr David Walker; Vice Chair Cllr David Marshall
Personnel: Chair Cllr David Tully; Vice Chair Cllr Geoff Graham
Planning: Chair Cllr William Nixon, Vice Chair Cllr Alex Clegg
Members also considered whether or not the Chairman and Vice Chairman should adopt the style of Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor (an option available to all Town Councils) and decided against the change.

Shield Row Station to re-open in 2022

Tobyn Hughes, Chief Executive of Nexus has announced that the Tyne & Wear Metro will reach Stanley by 2022.  In a statement issued yesterday, he stated that Nexus had reached an agreement with Sustrans and the North East Combined Authority that would see a new line being created across former North Eastern Railway lines that would link Washington, Chester, Beamish and Shield Row with the existing Metro line which terminates at South Hylton.

Mr Hughes said “It has always been our goal to extend the Metro into County Durham and thanks to Stanley Town Council’s investment of £1 billion into stations and infrastructure that is now possible”.

Cyclists who currently use the Sustrans route have been advised to try the A693 instead, which is apparently just as nice.

Former Councillor Roy Mellor has passed away

The Town Council has just learned that former Councillor Roy Mellor, who was one of the founder members of Stanley Town Council, has passed away. He was 77.  Roy was born in Buxton in Derbyshire, and moved with his wife Sue to Stanley after retirement so that he could be closer to daughter Jane.  Both Roy and Sue became involved in the local community and local politics and Roy was amongst those who campaigned to create the Town Council. Roy was involved with the St Stephens Centre and was a lifelong Rotarian. Colleagues remember a true gentleman with a brilliant sense of humour who was loved by his family and friends. The Town Council would like to send our condolences to his family.