Saturday 30 March 10am to 12noon
The town council is again supporting Littfree Durham’s Big Spring Clean
We welcome anyone wanting to volunteer to help with a two-hour litterpick around Barnard Castle.
Meet at the entrance to Scar Top at 10am. Please wear suitably stout clothes and footwear. Litter Picking tools will be provided.
Next Friday, 16 March, Durham County Council’s Highways Committee will decide whether to register Bede Kirk as a village green, in response to the Town Council’s application lodged in July 2017.
County officers are recommending that the application is refused because “there isn’t evidence that the users are significant in number or that there has been continuous use of the land for at least 20 years immediately preceding the date of the application” – so the period from July 1997 to July 2017.
Barnard Castle Town Council is calling on anyone with evidence of Bede Kirk being used by the public for leisure over the twenty years from July 1997 to share it. That could be photos or videos, personal testimony or any record of activity taking place. We’re looking for examples of children and families playing, pic-nicking, dog walking, ball games and Frisbee throwing, radio controlled car racing or impromptu performances.
Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Moorhouse is asking anyone who can help to come forward. “If you have photos or memories to share, please add them to the post on our Facebook page facebook.com/BarneyCouncil or bring them to the office at Woodleigh in person. We know local people want to save the Bede Kirk green, but without more evidence that lots of people have used it for the last twenty years, Durham will refuse the application and the land will be built on.”
You can read the background, including the report for next week’s meeting here: https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=311&MId=9335&Ver=4
The next meetings will take place in Woodleigh on Monday 18 March 2019:
17:30 Planning Committee
Agendas and previous minutes can be found here.
Due to the resignation of a sitting councillor, a casual vacancy has arisen in the East Ward of Barnard Castle Town Council. The statutory vacancy notice is attached.
From 18 January 2018, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. If you keep poultry or birds, you must follow DEFRA’s detailed requirements on strict biosecurity, whether you have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.
Durham County Council will be collecting real Christmas trees from a central point in the pay-and-display car park adjacent to Morrisons between Tuesday 9 January and Friday 12 January.
The county council will collect trees, left centrally in the car park, around 3pm each day as the collection vehicle passes through Barnard Castle.
This is in addition to the same arrangements for collections of Christmas trees as last year for the residents of Teesdale.
Real Christmas tree collections
If, instead of leaving your tree in the car park, you would like a real Christmas tree collected free of charge, from your address, either book online at www.durham.gov.uk or call 03000 261 000 between the dates of 18 December and the 7 January.
DCC ask residents to ensure trees are put out for collection from Tuesday 9 January as the crew is collecting across Teesdale for the whole week
Alternatively, take your real Christmas tree to a household waste recycling centre (all centres are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Visit www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc for locations and opening hours.
The Town Council’s office at Woodleigh will close at 12:00 noon on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open at 10:00am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
With the help of the Teesdale Mercury we have once again decided to run a competition to design a Christmas Card for the Town Mayor to send on behalf on the Town
Theme: ‘What I love about Barney’
Deadline for Entry: Wednesday 15 November 2017
How to Enter – Completed entries to be submitted to
Barnard Castle Town Council
Woodleigh, Flatts Road
DL12 8AA Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 pm
Contact: Tel: 01833 690970 or
Electronic files should be submitted as a Jpeg at least 1600 x 1200 (2MPix). Entries can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or
- In any format capable of being scanned and reproduced on white card;
- Orientation – portrait or landscape
The image on the finished cards will be reproduced at A5 size and may be cropped.
Judging: – Submitted entries will be shortlisted by the Town Mayor and Mayoress/Consort.
Prize/Presentation – The two winning designs will be printed, each with the winner’s name and will be used as the Town Mayor’s official Christmas card for 2017.
Each winner will be presented by the Town Mayor with a framed entry of their own design at the Town Council’s Christmas Tree Lighting Event on 1 December 2017, along with a pack of 20 cards for their own personal use.