The town council’s Annual Return has been signed-off by the external auditor.
The Completion Notice is available here.
Section 3 of the Annual Return is available here.
The supporting documents are available for inspection at the town council office, 10:00-16:00 from Monday to Friday, from 25 September 2018.
A complex project to safeguard water supplies in Teesdale has been extended.
Northumbrian Water and its partners Esh-MWH are carrying out the work to renew a large, aged water pipe in the Deepdale Aqueduct and Lartington Lane area of Barnard Castle.
The £900,000 project has seen the team encounter a number of unforeseen challenges, which have led to the completion of the work being delayed until the end of December.
The traffic management on Lartington Lane will remain in place, and Northumbrian Water continues to work closely with Durham County Council and Barnard Castle Town Council to keep disruption to a minimum.
The company is replacing 160 metres of water pipe, and the project includes a temporary pipe being laid across the aqueduct to ensure supplies are maintained for customers throughout the work.
Project Manager Gary Cassells said: “As well as delays earlier in the year, caused by safety concerns around harsh weather conditions, and the discovery that large parts of the century-old pipe are surrounded by concrete, the work has continued to prove challenging, but we are now making good progress towards completion.
“Most recently, delays were caused by issues surrounding the safe installation and operation of the temporary pipe, as the ground conditions have caused further unexpected difficulties. Our team discovered unexpected shallow bedrock, while volumes of water in the ground in the surrounding area caused difficulties with excavation and the shoring up of the work, and related health and safety concerns for our people and the public.
“We apologise to those affected for the inconvenience caused by the work, which is being carried out to help safeguard water supplies for future generations.
“For safety reasons, Deepdale Aqueduct (Silver Bridge), which people often use as a pedestrian footbridge, will remain closed. We would ask members of the public to continue to respect that closure and use the diversion that has been put in place.
“We will continue to use our community portal at www.nwlcommunityportal.co.uk to share updates on the project.”
Public Meeting with Ron Hogg, Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC)
Wednesday 4 July 5.00pm in the Dawson Room, Woodleigh
Following a meeting between the PCVC, Ron Hogg, and members of the Town Council, to consider the future management of Bede Kirk as a village green, a public meeting is to be held on Wednesday 4 July at 5.00pm in the Dawson Room, Woodleigh.
The public meeting is open to those local residents who have been involved in the campaign to date and those with an interest in the future management of Bede Kirk as a village green.
Please contact the town council if you wish to register your attendance.
Phone: 01833 690970
Email: email@example.com or call into the Town Council office.
On the morning of Friday 1 June, Ron Hogg, the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, met the Town Mayor of Barnard Castle, Cllr Sandra Moorhouse, and members of the town council, to agree a way forward for the previously disputed old police station site at Bede Kirk.
The site had been earmarked for development by Mr Hogg, in order to raise much-needed funds for Durham Constabulary, but a strong campaign by local residents resulted in a successful application for Village Green status.
Speaking this morning, Ron Hogg congratulated the members of the Council on their successful campaign, and pledged to work with members and residents on the future of the site.
In a joint statement, the Town Mayor and Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said:
“This morning’s meeting was a giant step forward. We acknowledged that as representatives of the people, we have a duty to work together for the benefit of all our communities. We reflected on our previous differing positions on the future of Bede Kirk, and gained a better mutual understanding of the challenges we are facing.
“We further agreed four next steps that we would take.
“First, we agreed to work closely together on the future of the site at Bede Kirk, and on community safety issues in Barnard Castle more generally.
“Secondly, the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner has decided that his preferred option for the remainder of the site that has not been designated a Village Green, is to put it up for sale for development. This would ensure that some capital receipt from the site is available for Durham Constabulary, and enables him to comply with his legal duty to secure best value from his assets. The Town Council respects this position, and agreed to support the process as appropriate.
“Thirdly, we agreed that the Police should not be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Bede Kirk Village Green, as this would require resources to be spent that should be available for local policing. We agreed that the long term protection and enjoyment of the space would best be supported if it were the responsibility of local people, and we agreed to work to find a solution to give effect to this.
“Fourthly, we agreed we would hold a meeting for local residents to discuss next steps. We will be looking to schedule this as soon as is practical.”
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.
(Photo Credit Teesdale Mercury)
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
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