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.

Next Week’s Meetings – Agendas Uploaded

There are three meetings of Council next week:

Planning – Tuesday 5th April at 6.00pm – the application for change of use at Stansfield House in Joicey Square will be considered.

05-04-16 Planning Agenda

Personnel – Tuesday 5th April at 6.30pm

05-04-16 Personnel Agenda

Crime & Community Safety – Wednesday 6th April at 6.30pm – Mini Police funding, Durham Money Advice Service funding, updates from Police & Partners

06.04.16 Crime & Comm Safety Agenda

Play in the Park – 1st April, South Moor

Play in the Park – This Friday, South Moor Memorial Park 10 – 3

The Town Council has organised some FREE half term activities for families in the Park this Friday. There will be loads of free activities including skittles, ball games, messy and creative play, outdoors skills and even a fairy trail. There will also be some kids rides, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van. (not free)The forecast for Friday says no rain, (sadly no sun either probably!) so come along and join in.

Announcing Blooming Good Fun 2016

The Town Council are launching this year’s ‘Blooming Good Fun’ competition.

It is to encourage gardeners from right across the Parish to make a special effort to brighten up their surroundings – and everybody else’s by bringing colour and floral displays to Stanley.

Entry is FREE and there are CASH PRIZES to be one.  There are awards for the best garden, tubs, window boxes, back yard, open space or communal space and trade premises so it’s open to everybody.

To get an entry form, see our Blooming Good Fun page

Stanley Fringe – Remembrance for the Burns Pit Disaster 16th February 2016

What is Stanley Fringe? It’s difficult to neatly categorise it. They have published no list of objectives.  They have no charitable aims.  The group is a loose collective of artists in the broadest sense from this area. It isn’t a historical society, but one of the only clear goals of the group is to remember the anniversary of the Burns pit disaster. It isn’t a political group but their work reflects the politics of the early Labour movement, Their event on 16th February is called ‘Remembrance, Rebellion and Revolt’. Without having yet attended the event I get the feeling that the Stanley Fringe will be settling scores on behalf of the men who died in 1909.  Their first event last summer was branded as an ‘alternative afternoon of music and poetry’ but the music and poetry presented was steeped in the traditions of the north east. There is a certain nostalgia for old Stanley about the group but it isn’t sentimentality. Rather, their work speaks about the continued warmth and optimism of the people of this town despite all the injustices that they have endured. Pit disasters, wars, the end of the coal industry and the pedestrianisation of the Front Street. The Stanley Fringe and Stanley Town Council will be leading the remembrance for the men of the West Stanley Disaster at the memorial by North Durham Academy at 3.45 on 16th February, the 107th Anniversary of the event.

At 7pm come along to the Beamish Mary, join the group for a pint, song and poetry and settle some scores with the pit owners who sent those men down unsafe pits.

Visit the Stanley Fringe group on Facebook for more information or to get involved

All Dogs must be Microchipped by April

From this April it will be compulsory for dogs to be fitted with a microchip.

The change in the law is intended to deal with an increasing number of stray dogs.  The chips are coded with the owners’ details and dog owners who do not get their dogs chipped could be fined.

It will also be a requirement to update the database with any changes to the owner’s details, ike a change of address.

If you’re thinking of buying a puppy, make sure that the breeder has had it microchipped. If your dog has not yet been chipped, please contact your vet who will be able to help you.

More information is available on the Durham County Council website http://www.durham.gov.uk/microchipping

Community Consultation Launched

Today we are announcing the launch of ‘Ask Stanley 2016’, a comprehensive consultation exercise with Stanley Residents. We want to know what you like about your area, what you don’t, and what you think should be done to improve both the good and bad things. We have put together a short questionnaire and will be trying to get as many people as possible to participate over the next six weeks. The more people take part and the more feedback we get, the better chance we have of identifying the real priorities of Stanley people.

We will use the results to identify issues and options for a more detailed questionnaire to be sent out later in the year and we will use all this evidence to build an action plan for the next five years.

To reach as wide an audience as possible, we are sending a hard copy of the questionnaire to every address in Stanley. The questionnaire will be in the centre pages of the ‘Stanley Life’ magazine, which will be distributed across the parish in the week commencing 18th January. We will also be going out into the community and have arranged sessions to discuss the consultation at:

Catchgate Primary School – 08.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday 9th February

Craghead Village Hall – 09.30am to 11.30am Wednesday 10th February

South Moor Methodist Church – 6pm to 8pm Tuesday 16th February

Tanfield Lea Community Centre – 6pm to 8pm Monday 22nd February

Asda – still to confirm date

Market day – Thursday 21st January 0900am to 1200pm

We will also be speaking to the schools because we want to capture the views of our young people – every person currently aged 13 or over will reach the age of majority during the lifetime of this plan so we need their opinions – any positive changes we can make will have the greatest impact on them.

The Consultation questionnaire can be found on our website at the following address: http://www.stanley-tc.gov.uk/ask2016

Please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Your views are important to us.

Stanley AAP Small Grants Fund 2015/16

 JUST THREE DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Stanley AAP is providing the opportunity for local groups and organisations to apply for a small grant to help them deliver projects and activities in the Stanley area.

Funding of £30,000 has been made available by Stanley AAP and we would like to invite local organisations to consider submitting an application.  You can apply for a grant of between £500 and £2,000 and your project / activity must fit into one of our local priorities:

 

Stanley AAP Priorities:

Regeneration of Stanley & its Villages

Opportunities and Activities for Young People

Support for the Elderly, Carers, and Disability Groups

 

Project applications submitted by the required deadline and that meet our grant criteria will be considered by a Stanley AAP Small Grants Awards Panel.

If you would like to apply for a small grant, please contact us for an application form.  Guidance Notes will also be included to assist you with the completion of your form and to see if your group is eligible to apply, but if you would like any further help or support then please contact a member of the Stanley AAP team and we will be happy to assist.

 

When all application forms have been received they will be independently appraised by the AAP Team that will check whether your project is eligible to be put to the Awards Panel.

If your application does not meet the criteria, we will provide a valid explanation as to why we could not progress your application on this occasion and offer advice and guidance. We will also, where possible, signpost you to alternative sources of funding for your project/activity.

As this is a competitive process not everyone will be successful in being awarded a small grant.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 15th JANUARY 2016.
For more info: Email: stanleyaap@durham.gov.uk or Telephone: 03000 265 323.

Posted on Behalf of Durham County Council: Please Contact DCC for more information not the Town Council