The Projects & Initiatives Committee will be considering the provision of grit bins, Stanley In Bloom and updates to outstanding projects. The meeting is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th March at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. The Full Council meeting postponed from 27th February will follow.
In September 2015, Stanley Town Council was approached by PS Dave Clarke who had a vision to turn a junk shop on Stanley Front Street into a community cafe which would provide support, training and mentoring and help to tackle social isolation and a range of issues. The Town Council supported his vision by taking the lease of the building on and that initiative has grown into PACT House, which has been a shining example of how a local council can tactically deploy a small part of its budget to empower and enable a wide section of the community and support volunteering and community led social support by giving them a focal point with security of tenure.
The Council believes this model of supporting key local third sector partners is a model which not only provides support for people at the sharp end where it is needed but also represents incredible value for money. The Council could not possibly have provided a resource like PACT House on its own without spending hundreds of thousands of pounds and had it tried to, there would have been no guarantee that the public would have ‘bought in’ in the way that they have with PACT being an independent locally managed organisation.
Following this model, the Town Council is now in the process of trying to secure a permanent base for the Just for Women Centre. The Just for Women centre is another local success story, providing help and support and therapeutic services for hundreds of local women, young people (and men, through their CREE projects) which have been vital helping vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn. They also work with young people from both local secondary schools and through the Catch 22 programme. Their current premises are being sold and there is a real risk that the charity and the services it provides could be lost to Stanley if they cannot find suitable alternative accomodation. The programme of austerity that has been in place for nearly 8 years means that many vital services supporting local people have been lost as the statutory providers can increasingly only deal with only those in absolutely dire need. Without services like Just for Women and PACT House, there would be many more in dire need which would stretch those statutory services even further and further squeeze people in need of help and support locally.
An article form the Northern Echo last year gives just some examples of the work that the centre has done locally.
Local MP Kevan Jones, who is president of the charity, said “I’m delighted to see that the Town Council are rising to the challenge of using their limited resources to see services provided in Stanley in an innovative way by working in partnership and providing support to third sector providers to enable the community to help themselves and deliver much greater value for money”
This is why the Town is proposing to purchase a building in Stanley to lease to the Just for Women Centre to give them the security of tenure to keep their existing services going and be able to build their programme in the future. We welcome the public’s opinions as to whether supporting local charities to provide services in Stanley is a good approach for the Town Council to take.
Next week’s Full Council meeting will see the Council set the budget for the 2018/19 Financial Year. Other business being considered will include Stanley in Bloom, Funding Police Vehicles and a review of the Council staffing structure (this item will be in closed session).
The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd January at the Civic Hall. All Town Council meetings are open to members of the public.
If members of the public wish to ask the Council questions at the meeting, they must be submitted in advance of the meeting to the Town Clerk, either in person or by email to email@example.com
The next meeting of the Council’s Crime Committee will be Wednesday 8th February at 6.30 pm. The Committee will be considering proposals to provide a detached youth work programme in Stanley, funding for Road Safety Initiatives, Environmental Improvements and more.
The papers for the meeting are linked below.
The papers for the Crime and Community Safety Meeting are linked below.
The Committee will be discussing the details of initiatives to be delivered 2017/18
The next meeting of Council is the Crime & Community Safety Meeting. The Committee will be hearing presentations from Groundwork North East and Durham Money Advice about the services they provide which are funded by the Town Council and the Committee will be making recommendations as to items which should be included for funding in the next financial year.
The Meeting will be held at the Shield Row Education Centre, King Edward VIII Terrace (next to Shield Row School) at 6.30pm on Tuesday 8th November. All meetings are open to the public.
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
Bonfire night statistics collected by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service show a decrease in the number of incidents attended by the Service compared to last year.
The CDDFRS control centre and operational crews coped well throughout bonfire night taking 128 calls (up 7 per cent on 2014) and attending 67 incidents (down 17 per cent on 2014), 35 of which were fires (14 fewer fires than 2014).
Of the 128 calls taken by Control, 73 per cent were received between 4pm and 9pm.
Stuart Errington, chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are pleased that year on year more people are following our advice and attending organised firework displays; a much safer and economical way to enjoy bonfire night.
“It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and our partners, including the local authorities and police, that we have been able to continue to drive down these incidents and keep people safe in County Durham and Darlington. We would like to remind those people carrying forward bonfire events into the weekend to continue to follow the Firework Safety Code.”
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Keeping safe on the roads this winter
Motorists are being urged to stay safe on the roads this winter by making sure their vehicles are fully prepared.
Durham County Council provides MOT testing and winter vehicle health checks at its servicing centres for members of the public and businesses.
Health checks involve looking at tyres, the battery, wipers, the engine, heating and ventilation, washers, anti-freeze and starter and charger systems.
All works, including MOTs, are carried out by fully qualified technicians and customers do not have to have repairs done there and then, however staff will advise of any work needed to bring the vehicle up to legal standard and withstand a long winter.
Michael Toas, county fleet manager, said: “Vehicle health checks can help make sure your car or van is ready for frosty driving conditions. With winter almost here and temperatures starting to drop, now is the time to think about when your vehicle was last checked as being prepared could help you keep safe and on the move.”
MOTs cost from £42 and are available for cars, minibuses and commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, while winter health checks are priced from £26.
To book an MOT or winter health check contact any of the following council service centres:
- Annfield Plain Morrison Busty depot on 03000 265 638
- Chilton depot on 03000 266 247
- Meadowfield depot on 03000 269 342
- Peterlee depot on 03000 264 100
For further information visit www.durham.gov.uk/MOT
New Community hub?
At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Stanley Town Councillors voted unanimously to support a new social project aimed to address social, training, health and wellbeing needs for a range of residents. The project, provisionally named ‘PACT House’, will be a collaboration between Stanley Police, the Town Council and other key partners and will be a ‘one stop shop’ for a number of support and community services, many of which are about to be displaced by the imminent closure of the Tommy Armstrong centre. The Town Council has agreed to taking on the lease of the former Lloyds Bank building in Front Street Stanley to provide a base for a number of community projects, including a youth cafe, advice services and a number of others. More information to follow.
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