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Fishburn Parish Council has been working in partnership with the Cardiac Arrest Prevention Team at the University Hospital of North Durham to provide an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in the parish. Defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50%-70%. This can be achieved through public access defibrillation and when a bystander uses a nearby AED to deliver the first shock. The unit will be accessed by a unique code obtained by an emergency call to the 999 service. The defibrillator was donated free of charge and full training will be provided on how it works in the coming weeks. It will be installed on the front wall of the Community Centre building on Butterwick Road for accessibility. The Parish Council has spent £606.00 purchasing a temperature controlled, lit cabinet, and will be responsible for on-going expenses, such as replacement pads and batteries.


PARKING restrictions will be introduced on the village crossroads to improve safety.

The Parish Council suggested the measures to address ongoing road safety issues caused by parking on both sides of the road between the stop line and a traffic island. Durham County Council has agreed to introduce parking and waiting restrictions on the C26/B1278 at Fishburn.

In 2013 a road safety audit - which showed there had been five accidents in the previous five years with six casualties - led to measures such as enhanced road markings, signs and better grip surfacing at the junction.

Last November the County Council began consultation over the new proposal. Two businesspeople objected, saying it was a waste of money and extra parking would be better and fearing the impact on trade. The scheme was backed by the police, ambulance service and parish council and Cllr John Robinson.

The highways committee considered the proposal when it met at County Hall on Thursday 5th July 2018. Members endorsed it for a final decision by corporate director of regeneration and local services Ian Thompson under delegated powers.



Fishburn Memorial Children's Playing Field will be closed until further notice due to vandalism. Fishburn Parish Council regrets any inconvenience this may cause. The play area will re-open as soon as it is considered safe to do so.


Durham County Council now has two armed forces outreach workers embedded within their Housing Solutions teams who can act as a first point of contact for any armed forces personnel, veterans or their families in particular need.

You can contact the service by email armedforcesoutreachworker@durham.gov.uk  or telephone 03000 268 000.




10 May 2018ANNUAL REPORT 2018

WELCOME to Fishburn Parish Council’s Annual Report. The purpose of this meeting is to give a summary of what the Parish Council has been doing, and listen to your comments on progress and suggestions for the future.

The Parish Council has 11 council 'seats'. Mrs. Olive Wren did not stand for re-election, in last year's local elections and thanks were recorded in recognition of her many years of public service. James Willcock was co-opted onto the Council last November to fill a casual vacancy, Jade Kemp resigned in February, and Rachel Lumsdon resigned this month after serving Fishburn since 2006, so we currently have nine parish councillors.

A lot of what we have achieved is regularly contained in the Fishburn News, e.g. responded swiftly to concerns regarding summer bedding plants; agreed a schedule of work to improve play facilities in the village and to improve the appearance of those older areas of the cemetery that are particularly low and uneven, whilst balancing the individual wishes of bereaved families with the need to ensure the cemetery is safely managed for the benefit of all visitors; removed damaged bus shelters at Fishburn Terrace which were in a very dilapidated state; and supplied new litter bins to keep Fishburn tidy.

Following an extensive evaluation process, an external contractor (S.E. Landscaping Ltd.) has been engaged for grounds maintenance services from 1st April 2018. Scott Ellwood’s company has an excellent track record delivering high quality services for other local councils from their depot in Shildon and has won several awards through Britain in Bloom.

The Parish Council has been trying for several years to persuade Durham County Council to address road safety issues generated by vehicles parking too close to junctions, so the introduction of a 'no waiting/no loading at any time' restriction on Fishburn Crossroads (into B1278 Salters Lane, C26 Front Street and Butterwick Road) was strongly supported.

The Parish Council approved its budgetary requirements for 2018/19, i.e. what its financial needs and commitments will be for the following year, and requested the amount of funding or tax levied from residents [the precept] it will require from Durham County Council that is included within the local Council Tax. It was unanimously agreed to raise the precept [previously £71,322.00] by 3% for the financial year 2018/19. Once our audit is complete our accounts will be available for scrutiny.

The Parish Council acknowledged the importance of a youth club in Fishburn, following Durham County Council’s withdrawal of funding for youth services, and unanimously agreed that the sum of £2,720.00 shall be granted to Fishburn Youth & Community Centre to fill a shortfall and that matched funding (£1 for £1) shall be awarded to Fishburn Youth & Community Centre up to a maximum sum of £6,000.00 per annum in each financial year 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21, as and when funding is raised by the Youth & Community Centre. The issue was discussed openly by councillors and residents at a meeting at which turnout was the highest in recent times (standing room only).

The Council regularly receives requests from charities and other organisations for grants or donations. The Council's resources are wholly derived from public funds and we have granted money towards activities which we consider “will bring direct benefit to the area, or any part of it or all or some of its inhabitants”. We have continued to fund £3,000.00 for the vital Citizens Advice County Durham outreach service in Fishburn, which operates from the Youth & Community Centre bi-weekly on a Friday providing life-changing advice for the people of the village on issues such as debt, welfare benefits, consumer, education, employment, family, housing, discrimination, immigration, and health.

We will be going ahead with our plan of community priorities in 2018 and for future years. As well as maintaining current projects and improving them wherever possible, the Council wants to develop several future projects to improve the village. Fishburn's sports pavilion will undergo a major revamp; and we have received a grant of £5,000.00 from the County Durham Community Foundation’ s EDF Walkway Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund to purchase made-to-order metal hanging baskets for the Village Green for Summer 2018.

There was a special visit from Santa Claus and a gift for the children at last year’s switch on of the Christmas tree lights at The Village Green as well as FREE children’s rides; FREE burgers or hotdogs or turkey/pork roast plus hot or cold drinks. We will be going ahead with plans to plant a living tree (Norway Spruce) in place of the usual cut tree this year at an agreed focal point on the Village Green for the Christmas light switch-on event on Wednesday 5th December 2018, without blocking the much-admired coal miners' memorial.

Fishburn is taking part in Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the First World War. It is hoped that a beacon brazier will be lit in Fishburn at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 11th November 2018 - a century after the guns fell silent - signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of war. The Council would like a relative of someone from Fishburn who served their country in WWI to light the beacon.

We have supported the proposed new residential development of up to 70 dwelling houses north of Salvin Terrace. The Parish Council is a statutory consultee in every planning application. However, there is no guarantee that principal local authorities (the County Council) will take a local council's point of view into consideration. Most planning authorities treat parish councils as a single individual when it comes to assessing public interest in planning applications - irrespective of how many people they actually represent. Therefore, it is helpful if individual local residents can raise any objections to planning applications online.

County Councillors David Brown and John Robinson attend meetings of the Parish Council when they can to give a report of matters of interest and are often asked to liaise with Durham County Council on behalf of the Parish Council. Unfortunately, the Neighbourhood Police Team no longer attends local parish council meetings to give a summary of reported crimes; incidents of note; and anti-social behaviour.

Thank you all very much for coming along this evening, or for reading this report online or on the village notice boards. As part of the Parish Council’s commitment to improving the level of public participation in local government, there is an opportunity at the beginning of our monthly meetings for the public to speak and raise issues of concern. You are welcome to attend.

Councillor Andrew Pearson

Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council

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