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.

Finance & Governance Meeting 11th October 2017

Next week’s Finance & Governance meeting will be held at the Civic Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 11th October.  Items on the agenda for consideration include: Grant Funding; Consideration of the initial draft of next year’s budget and apprentices. The full agenda and background papers re linked below:

‘-Finance and Governance Agenda 11-10-17

Finance Papers October 17

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULED PROJECTS MEETING ON 10th OCTOBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The Council has received notification from the external auditor that the audit of the accounts and finance governance arrangements for the financial year 2016/17 have been audited and no areas of concern identified.

The accounts are available for inspection by the public at any reasonable time.

The notice of conclusion of audit and the Annual Return are attached below.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Return (signed)

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

STANLEY HALL WARD OF STANLEY PARISH

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That due to the death of Councillor Geoff Graham, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 11th August 2017 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to:

The Returning Officer

Electoral Services

Room 1/104-115

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UL

by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy; otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 15th October 2017.

Dated: 24th July 2017

Alan Shaw

Town Clerk

Death of Cllr Geoff Graham

It is with great regret that we announce today that our Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Geoff Graham passed away on 18th July 2017.  The staff and members of the Council are shocked and saddened by the news.  Geoff was co-opted onto the Council in 2015 after having been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for many years and volunteering to be a public representative on the Stanley Area Action Partnership.  He was successfully re-elected in May for the Stanley Hall ward. Prior to his Council and voluntary service, Geoff had served in the Royal Artillery for 25 years and worked in industry locally. He was thrilled in May to have been chosen by his colleagues to be the Town’s Deputy Mayor and had thrown himself into his new role with his customary enthusiasm, good nature and ready smile. As a Councillor, Geoff was the driving force behind the Town Council’s decision to hold an Armed Forces Day celebration in 2016 and again this June and was deeply involved with all the planning for these events. He attended his last Council meeting on the day of his passing and stated he was looking forward to planning next year’s event. At the meeting Geoff had also spoken about his latest project, which was to see a wild flower garden created in East Stanley Cemetery, a project which his colleagues will no doubt see through on his behalf. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Geoff’s wife Marcelle and all his family. Geoff was a passionate local Councillor who wanted no more than to put back into local community. He was incredibly supportive of the Town Council’s staff and his colleagues on the Council and was a genuinely good bloke. He will be missed by all of us.