Three Bs brighten town eyesore in time for In Bloom judging

A derelict Stanley eyesore has been transformed into a colourful centrepiece for the summer.

Stanley Town Council has transformed the derelict former Stanley Board School into one of the main attractions of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom submission, thanks to artistic schoolchildren from the town.

The project saw youngsters from St Joseph’s Primary School, draw inspiration from this year’s academic theme of “Birds, Bees and Butterflies” to design 29 new “windows” for the school, featuring brightly coloured animals, flowers and summer scenes.

The project was organised by Stanley Neighbourhood Warden, Dave Jarvis, who had originally planned it for last year, only to be scuppered by the pandemic lockdown.

He said: “People in the town, quite understandably, are tired of the derelict building at the bottom of the Front Street, and when Northumbria in Bloom judges visited the town in 2019, our submission was marked down due to the state of the building.

“So, we decided that we would address it last summer and I approached the building’s owners with the plan to brighten the place up and they agreed to let us carry out the project. Sadly, we had to delay the project when COVID struck in 2020, but as soon as the schools were back, we set about using the youngsters’ imagination and artistic talents to create a project to turn this eyesore into something that brightens up the area.

“The “windows” have been placed over metal security boards and will stay in place throughout the summer. People have reacted really positively to them and we had loads of passers-by coming across to tell us how great they were as we put them in place – we’re really pleased with how well the project has worked out.”

As well as people in Stanley, the colourful displays also seem to have found favour with In Bloom judges, who commented on how much they improved the building, deemed a blight on past judging visits.

“So much effort goes into making the town a pleasant place to be, it’s nice to get so many positive comments,” added Dave. “The great thing is, we will keep the artwork once the building is finally earmarked for development, so they will go on display at the school or elsewhere in the town.

“I’d like to thank all of the youngsters and staff at St Joseph’s who have helped drive this project forward and created such eye-catching, amazing work.”

The project was made possible thanks to support from Stanley Town Council and Durham County Council.

Town Council Leader, James Kane, said: “The Council has really pushed the boat out this year to make the town and surrounding areas look good for summer. After the past 18 months we have all endured, it was important to us to make sure people were greeted with colour and flowers when they come into Stanley.

“Dave has done an incredible job overseeing this project and the schoolchildren’s work is absolutely fantastic – a big well done to everyone involved.”

Council Agendas Tuesday 25th February 2020

There will be two meetings of Stanley Town Council held next Tuesday.

At 6.15 pm, the Council will be considering a motion to create an honorary Freeman of the Town.

At 6.30 pm, the Ordinary meeting will consider business including Stragetic Grant Fund, Stanley Masterplan, Communications Plan and a Resident Survey

‘-Extra Council Agenda 25th February 2020

‘-Full Council Agenda 25th February 2020

February 2020 Combined Papers

Greenland School Application withdrawn

The Town Council has just been informed that the Planning Application to turn the old Greenland School into a care home which the Council lodged an official objection against has been withdrawn by the applicant.

Stanley Town Mayor Cllr Carole Hampson said “I would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting and for the continued support. I would also like to thank the planning officer for writing a comprehensive report, it was well researched”

Agenda & Papers Full Council 24th September 2019

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

The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall, Front Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24th September.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Papers Sept 19

The Council will also be holding a Planning Committee Meeting prior to the Full Council Meeting at 6pm. The meeting is being held to consider the single issue of the application which has been submitted in respect of the Former Greenland School in South Moor.

‘-Planning Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Background Papers Planning 24-9-19

Annual Council Meeting 28th May 2019 – Papers Uploaded

The Annual Meeting of Council will be held next Tuesday, 28th May 2019, at 6.30 pm in the Civic Hall.

The Annual Meeting will see a new Town Mayor elected and will perform important functions in reviewing the Council’s governance documents, determining Committee membership and approving the Council’s annual accounts.

‘AGM Agenda 2019

AGM 2019 Reports

Prior to the AGM, at 6pm there will be a meeting of the Planning Committee to enable the Council to take a view on a proposed development of 260 dwellings between Beamish Rise and No Place.

Planning Agenda 28-05-19