The town council’s application to register Bede Kirk as a village green was approved this morning at a meeting of Durham County Council’s Highways Committee. Many thanks to all those local residents who have worked so hard to support this application.
Saturday 24 March 10am to 12noon
The town council is again supporting Littfree Durham’s Big Spring Clean
Ww welcome anyone wanting to volunteer to help with a two-hour litterpick around Barnard Castle.
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 9 April 2018:
18:00 Partnership Committee
19:00 Services Committee
Agendas and previous minutes can be found here.
There will next be an opportunity to discuss issues with members at the next ward surgery held from 17:00-17:55 on 23 April 2018 and immediately on conclusion of the Resources Committee meeting on that evening. Details of member surgeries are here.
The Annual Town Meeting took place at 6pm on Monday 12 March in the Dawson Room, Woodleigh.
The Notice and Agenda for this meeting can be found here.
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 is supporting the campaign started by the four county councillors representing Barnard Castle to oppose the closure of the town’s branch of the National Westminster Bank.
A copy of the petition to collect local signatures, is held at Woodleigh. Our usual opening hours are 10-4, Monday to Friday.