If you sign up at the leisure centre in the next few weeks you will get 3 months free!
Sunday’s Christmas Fair at All Saint’s in Newton Hall was a great success. Over 80 children came to see Santa Claus and all got a present. Cllr Simmons attended as Santa’s helper after assisting making preparations in the kitchen for the cafe.
I helped serve turkey stuffing sandwiches, hot beef baps, scones and soup, all prepared by Cllr Amanda Hopgood who was front of shop serving customers for 3 hours. We had a great time and raised lots of money.
It would not have been possible without all the volunteers including Jack Mason, Elaine Kent and Nicola Finlay in the kitchen who kept me right. Thanks also to Neil, Amanda’s husband for making some of the best leek and potato soup ever!
We raised £150 after costs towards the Church Hall.
It was great to see so many people come through the doors and despite the Christmas tree not arriving until Monday we still had a great Carol service and Christmas lights switch on from Santa Claus!
And big thanks to all the All Saint’s volunteers who helped not just on the day but help out throughout the whole year.
Amanda was back in the kitchen today preparing dinner for over 20 local senior citizen’s for the weekly luncheon club dinner – star performance!
Just seen the agenda for next weeks planning meeting and once again the Council HQ application isn’t on the agenda. Rumours abound about the reasons, but it seems the most logical one is that the Council is still weaiting for/pulling together the response from the environment agency – or perhaps the Council just wants everyone to have a Happy Christmas!
Huge thanks to Mike and John, Council employees Steven and Lewis, and the two guys who happened to be working nearby, who helped in the effort to erect this years Christmas tree, which turned out to be bigger and heavier than last years. I wouldn’t say we had fun lifting it up into place but it was certainly a good workout!!
Over the last few days whilst delivering our local leaflets we have reported dozens of local issues including:
Pavement trip hazards and road repair issues
Serious problems with some takeaways in the area with overflowing rubbish and un binned piles of rubbish, including some more serious issues regarding unsatisfactory website disposal. Such problems lead to vermin and we have a zero tolerance approach on these issues. The Council has been notified of all these issues and we are becoming concerned about the amount of time it takes to address the issues, and the repetitive nature of many of the problems with particular establishments, so issues have been elevated up to management levels.
We have asked for a lot of areas to be cleared of leaves and other detritus, both on pavements and roads including Rowan Drive, Dryburn Road, Sacriston Road, Folly Terrace and many more. The clean and green department are doing a speedy job to clear up these issues as we report them.
We have also spoken to numerous residents about specific local issues and have had several dozen residents contact us by email so far regarding issues raised in the leaflets or other local issues.
If you haven’t received our latest leaflet by the end of the week please let us know.
The development of Aykley Heads is progressing, with plans for new offices on what is an existing parking area, likely to come forward soon.
We have raised concerns on more than one occasion over congestion and parking issues across Aykley Heads and will continue to work to make sure that all re development of the area is properly managed and designed.
We are really concerned that whilst the County Council is listening to what we are saying they will not follow through and actually ensure that the development of the area is sustainable.
As soon as we hear anything new we will update on this blog.
The County Council is consulting on what the priorities should be for the AAP for the coming two years. There will be over £250,000 available to be invested across the Durham area.
The Local Environment Priority would help us to improve our area.
You can vote on your priorities by filling in the survey at:
Please attend the parade and services this weekend. Starting at St Aidan’s Parish Hall at 10.30am with a service led by Rev Fiona Collin. We will then walk to the memorial garden at Durham Moor, which has had significant work carried out this year and looks splendid.
Local resident David Wheeler ( A Royal British Legion volunteer) has been working all day to cut back paths and plant up some wonderful commemorative benches as well as some extra displays of flowers.
Thank you to Pity Me Nursery for providing the plants – the heathers and pansies I picked up today which David has planted look fantastic.
A company called Loggerheads designed and built the benches, completely voluntarily and if you go and take a look you will be amazed at how great they look. A big thank you to them.
Thank you to the County Council for providing heavy duty flagstones at short notice and free of charge to fix the benches to.
The Parish Council commissioned Marble plaques for the memorial this year using s106 public art money we secured through the County Council.
Parish Councillor Peter Dawson worked hard to get together all the names of our fallen heroes from World War 1 and their names are now there for all to see for the first time on our memorial.
The Parish Council, residents and your county councillors will continue to work together to do all we can to improve the memorial area.
Thank you to David, Loggerheads, Peter, The Royal British Legion,The Parish and County Council’s and everyone else who was involved in improving the memorial this year, but most importantly, thank you to all those who died fighting so that we may live in a peaceful and tolerant society.
Lest We Forget
The scheme we funded from local neighbourhood budgets in Brasside has just been completed. The works just finished cover an area of nearly 100m, and we have now completed the whole 130m stretch we said we would.
The area is now unrecognisable to how it was. Previously there was grass, mud, gravel, potholes and in fact it was dangerous.
The Council’s highways dept refused to provide any funding towards the scheme as Labour councillors have always refused to fund what they call verge hardening works. So we used our local budgets and are really pleased at the results.
This coming weekend 20th and 21st October, the entrance in to Newton Hall from Bek Road traffic lights will be closed. This will include the closure of the section of Carr House Drive from Alnwick Road junction to Bek Road, and Bek Road up to just before Eden Road. A full resurfacing job will be done on the stretch not done last year, but this will include removing the top layer and putting on a full new surface rather than just a coating over the top.
The 64 Bus service will operate along Rothbury Road and Canterbury Road and part of Bek Road as normal, but turn down Langley Road, missing out the rest of Bek Road, going onto Carr House Drive and then down Alnwick Road, it will then turn back onto Rothbury Road, and then continue down Old Pit Lane/Finchale Road – and the reverse going the other direction.
This will mean that two stops (one in either direction) will be missed on Bek Road.
It is possible that the service will be disrupted. Please let us know if any of the 64 services this weekend or any other day for that matter do not actually go through the estate, as there are regular occurrences when the service misses out the estate completely!
We have raised concerns with the council that the closure this weekend has not been sufficiently advertised in the press, and indeed I was only notified myself of the alternative route at 10.30 on Thursday (today).
I also held a 2 hour meeting with council transport officers last week about the 64 service and they are arranging a meeting with Arriva so that we can raise concerns of residents about the frequent occasions when the 64 bus misses out the entire estate.