PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
WE have an active parish council, determined to make a real difference to Fishburn. Our parish council's key objectives are to improve village facilities, to encourage and support an active events and activities programme, to improve the village’s appearance and to represent the village’s interests. If you would like to attend any meeting of the Parish Council, please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, which are held on the second Thursday of each month (except August) usually in the meeting room at Fishburn Community Centre, Butterwick Road, Fishburn, County Durham, TS21 4ED, at 6.30 p.m.
The general public are welcome to attend. As part of its commitment to improving the level of public participation in local government, Fishburn Parish Council sets out a time near the beginning of its meetings when members of the public are given an opportunity to comment on items that are included on the agenda. This session is limited to a maximum time of 20 minutes. The time for each member of the public to speak is limited to 5 minutes. If more than one member of the public wishes to speak on the same topic then they should nominate one person to speak on their behalf. This will avoid duplication and make the best use of the public participation period.
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The Council owns or has responsibility for the village green, the cemetery, the former coke works area [referred to as the pit wheel fields], 117 allotments located off South View, 3 play areas and a recreation ground consisting of 2 football pitches, changing rooms, a bowling green and pavilion, a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), and most bus shelters.
Fishburn Parish Website
The website is now an established part of the Parish Council. If you have any suggestions or items you would like to see then send your comments to the Parish Clerk. Fishburn Parish Council does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of information on this site. All information is provided in good faith and is considered to be correct at the time. It is hoped that any groups or organisations in Fishburn will broadcast their news and/or forthcoming events on here. Please contact the Parish Clerk.
Fishburn Pit Wheel
The original Fishburn Pit Wheel has been installed on the site of the old Coke Works, with a paved area containing bricks dedicated to those who worked at either the Pit or the Coke Works.
An official Opening Ceremony took place on Friday 10th July 2015 at Fishburn Community Centre and then transferred to the site of the wheel. Fishburn Band were in attendance. A gathering of about 400 watched the official opening by Keith Grubb and Phoebe Turner. Keith is the man who alerted Fishburn to the availability of the wheel and Phoebe is a young resident of Fishburn. They were both presented with a small memento of the occasion by the Parish Council. A presentation of a clock was also made to Billy Elliott, of Fishburn Band, in recognition of his dedication and fundraising for the Band over many years.
The design of the new cemetery gates is striking and can be viewed in the photo gallery. An extension to the Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery has also been completed. Within the cemetery, the Council has started work to level old graves with soil and remove dangerous or unsafe headstones and surrounds to allow proper grass maintenance and to retain the overall dignity befitting a cemetery.
Many people in Fishburn do not realise that the Village Green extends all the way down one side of Butterwick Road past the Co-op to the entrance to Oakdene Road. In recent years cars have been parking on the Green near to the Co-op and a lot of damage was done to the area, with dangerous holes appearing. Recent remedial work has taken place to restore the Green to its proper state and protective fencing and posts have been erected to try and prevent the damage happening again. The Co-op have removed the bollards that were in the centre of their car park to allow vehicles to pull straight through when leaving, without having to reverse.
Funding was also obtained by the Parish Council for 44 planters/tubs which have been placed along both sides of the Village Green. They are self watering, having reservoirs in the bottom of each pot. They were provided by a grant from the County Durham Community Foundation. The flower beds that were originally in place there were sloped and difficult to keep watered.
Fishburn Sports & Leisure Complex, Butterwick Road, Fishburn, TS21 4DU
The Council commissioned work to de-compact and aerate both football pitches. The cost of much-needed drainage to the pitches by a specialist contractor may be incorporated in future plans.
The Parish Council has created a sparkling new community facility at the popular recreation ground in Butterwick Road as part of an on-going programme of improvements to replace a tired old pavilion with brand-new changing rooms for players and officials.
The total cost of the project is just over £83,000 with Fishburn Parish Council investing £70,500 along with a £7,500 contribution from the Neighbourhood Budget of Durham County Councillors David Brown and John Robinson and £5,000 from Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Fund.
Fishburn is also home to a state-of-the art sports facility. The village’s multi use games area (MUGA) was unveiled on the site of the overgrown, redundant tennis courts. Phil Wilson, Member of Parliament, joined Cllr Rachel Lumsdon who cut the ribbon - marking the play area open to the public.
Fishburn Community Football Club
Fishburn Community FC (formerly Fishburn Boys) is a FA chartered standard club that was founded in 1984. They currently have 4 teams playing in the Rusell Foster, TJFA and Durham FA leagues. Matches are usually played on Saturdays or Sundays. They offer competitive football and coaching for all players, regardless of their ability. They also have mini football coaching for 4-7 year olds. All coaches and volunteers involved in the club are fully DBS checked. The club colours are red and yellow.
Parish councillors have reiterated their commitment to working in partnership with the Bowls Club and have recently lifted and re-laid the paving stones surrounding the bowling green. Members have welcomed the Club's plans for fresh activities and events to help the Club become more sustainable. The Parish Council also planted some new rose bushes to replace the old ones in the flower beds at the Bowling Green. Beds of 'Peace' roses commemorate the centenary of the First World War to show respect for residents of Fishburn past and present who have gone to war, and 'Queen Elizabeth' roses mark the Queen's 90th birthday, as well as 'Nostalgia' (eye-catching creamy-white to bright cherry-red colour) and 'Remembrance' (red) and 'Beautiful Britain' (orange).
Fishburn Allotment Association has taken over the management of the allotment site located at South View (behind Front Street), on behalf of the Parish Council. The Parish Council has carried out modification of the water supply system at the allotment site to bring stand pipes and taps to a legal standard and agreed a new Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Allotment Association.
Allotment rents are collected in January each year instead of April, which helps in identifying which allotments are likely to be vacant for the coming year. They can then be re-allocated in time for the majority of the growing season, instead of becoming overgrown and therefore difficult to pull round.
Anyone wishing to be placed on the waiting list should e-mail the Secretary of the Allotment Association, Mr Bill Coates: e-mail email@example.com giving name, home address and contact number. Allotments will be allocated strictly according to the waiting list. The yearly rental is £20.00, payable in January each year.
Fishburn is home to the Fishburn Brass Band, started by local miners as the Fishburn Colliery Welfare band in the 1950s. The band have won several high profile contests including the Scottish Open Champions in 2005 and the Durham County Brass Band League. The band also plays on the streets of Fishburn on the day of the Durham Miners' Gala and at Christmas playing traditional Christmas carols.
Fishburn News - Newsletter
Fishburn Parish Council does not have a regular newsletter. However, the Fishburn Community Partnership does produce a 'Fishburn News' newsletter every 3 months, the first edition was distributed in June 2011. Every household in Fishburn receives a copy of this newsletter. If you have any information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 'phone 07713 860129.
The Parish Council's Logo
The logo represents:
- the mining wheel (outer circle)
- the brass band (inner circle)
- the mining community
- the farming history
- the river/Fishburn school/and a little of the old logo.
REBEKAH WATRET of Fishburn won the competition to design a new logo for Fishburn Parish Council. Parish councillors judged that her winning design reflects the heritage, history, culture of Fishburn, its community and its future. The design is clear and simple - a distinctive and recognisable logo to represent the character of the parish, community and its inhabitants, and reflects local, geographic or historic significance in the area.