Finance & Governance Agenda & Papers 13-12-17

The Finance meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th December at 6.00pm at the Civic Hall.

This meeting is open to the public. Please note that a number of items on this agenda will be discussed in closed session. The reasons for this are stated on the agenda. A number of the attachments are also not reproduced here for reasons of confidentiality.

‘-Finance and Governance Agenda 13-12-17

Combined Papers Finance December 17

Projects & Initiatives Agenda 12th December 2017

There is a full agenda to be considered at next week’s meeting. Items to be discussed:

Derelict Buildings & land; Environmental Cleanup team; Christmas Events review; Christmas lights; Police Cars; Road Safety; Comms Strategy.

The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall at 6.30 pm and is open to members of the public.

Papers:

‘-Projects and Initiatives Agenda 12.12.17

ATTACHMENT A – 14.11.17 Projects and Initiatives Minutes

Full Council Agenda & Papers 28th November 17

The next Ordinary Council meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the Civic Hall.  All meetings are open to members of the public. Business to be considered includes:

Budget for 2018/19

Medium Term Plan

Code of Conduct

Dying to Work policy

Stanley Library (this item will not be open to the public)

Agenda 28 November 2017

November 17 Background Papers (5MB, PDF)

Please note that any member of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting must submit the question in writing to the Town Clerk in advance of the meeting. Emails should be directed to [email protected]

Stanley Christmas Market, Funfair and Lights Switch on

This year’s Christmas market will be held on Saturday 2nd December from 10am on Stanley Front Street.  Building on last year’s successful event, the Christmas Market has more stalls and will set up next to the general market and there will be a funfair as well.  The main event, the switch on of the Christmas tree, will happen at around 4.30, with entertainment from the cast of the Civic Hall panto, Snow White. Save the date!

Extraordinary Council Meeting 7th November 2017

The Town Mayor has called an extraordinary Council meeting next Tuesday to consider a request for support from the Just for Women Centre. An extraordinary meeting can be called at any time by the Town Mayor, or by two ordinary members of Council to consider a single issue. The agenda is linked below.

‘-ExC Agenda 7 November 2017

ATTACHMENT A – Just for women request – redacted

Remembrance Events in Stanley November 2017

Details of the Remembrance Events being held on Sunday 12th November around Stanley:

 Annfield Plain

1.45 Tesco Car Park meet up.
2pm Service at St Theresa’s Church.
2.30pm March from Church to Memorial in Park
2.45 approx Wreath laying in Park at Memorial

Also in Annfield Plain, ceremonies are held at the Memorial in the Avenue, Greencroft, at 11 am and at the Loud Bank Memorial, also at 11 am.

South Moor

10.45 Memorial Park

Craghead

10.45 at the War Memorial

Stanley

9.45 Service at St Andrews Church
10.45 at the Memorial in St Andrews Church

Tanfield

9.00am for service at St Margaret’s Church with wreath-laying.

Civic Hall, Stanley, Friday 10th November, 11am

In addition to the events at the weekend, the Town Council will be holding a wreath laying event  on Friday 10th November at the Civic Hall. All residents are invited to join us for 2 minutes silence.

STC You Tube Channel

Regular followers of STC will be aware that last December the Council took the decision to video its meetings and to attempt to stream them live. After several attempts at live streaming, we learned that our domestic “shared” broadband connection simply does not have the bandwidth to reliably stream our meetings and will not have unless the Council invest in a dedicated leased line, the cost of which would be difficult to justify.

Therefore, we have created a youtube channel to upload the video footage of our meetings to. Whilst it will not have the immediacy of a live broadcast, it will enable residents to see and hear the Council discussing business and give insight and understanding as to how and why the Council comes to the decisions it makes.

The videos will be linked back to our main website, however they will be available first on the youtube page so please subscribe. The page can be found here: STC You Tube page

Currently only the July meeting is live on the page, the October and September meetings will be uploaded later today.

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.