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Durham County Council intends to temporarily close Fishburn crossroads to vehicular traffic over the weekend of Saturday 5th August & Sunday 6th August 2017 between 7.00 am and 7.00pm each day to enable carriageway resurfacing works, which will probably take 2 days to complete, incorporating:
1. A 190 metre length of B1278 Salter Lane that extends northwards from South View

2. A 55 metre length of C26 Front Street and 70 metre length of Butterwick Road that extends westwards and eastwards respectively from B1278 Salters Lane.

Throughout the period of closure an alternative route will be available to vehicular traffic via the following roads:
•C23 Harap Road from Hope House Crossroads to A177, A177 south to Salters Lane or to A689 Sands Hall Roundabout and continuing eastwards to Butterwick Road leading to Hope House Crossroads, and vice versa.
•B1278 Salters Lane & C26 Front St/Butterwick Rd, Fishburn.


THE Parish Council asked for its fenced play areas to be included in the new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO):
Area 1: Recreation ground and bowling green
Area 2: Memorial Playing Field
Area 3: Stobart Play Area

It is clear there is a great level of support for this PSPO and we are busy working on the implementation. The PSPO order has been split into two parts:

Part 1 will apply to the all Land, which is defined as any public place, within the local authority area  to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of a right or virtue of expressed or implied permission. This means that all land that meets this criteria will be covered and will include some sites that were identified by the Parish Council. The offences relating to these areas will be:

·       failing to pick up dog foul,

·       allowing a dog to stray or

·       failing to place a dog on a lead when directed by an Authorised Officer

Part 2 of this Order applies only to fenced off play areas within the Land that are listed and means that dogs will be ‘banned’ from these designated areas that have been identified and are signed.

The amount of signs required for fenced off play areas has been identified by the number of gates on each fenced of play area. This signage is required to be in place no later than the 1st June 2017. The Council has made arrangements for the signage to be in place on each site's entry/exit gates over the period the 30th and 31st May 2017.



THE gate at the pit wheel fields has been temporarily locked due to misuse (abandoned and burnt out vehicles), but the Parish Council has decided to re-open the gate with effect from today. That decision may need to be reviewed if there are any similar incidents in the future. Parish councillors trust that this will enable residents and visitors to enjoy the site again.





Name of Candidate/Description (if any)/Number of votes:

BELL, Alan - Liberal Democrat - 193
BROWN, David Ralph - The Conservative Party Candidate  -817 Elected
CARR, Mel - Independent - 479
GASSTON, John Harold - The Conservative Party Candidate - 293
ILLINGWORTH, Tim - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 144
LUMSDON, Rachel - Labour Party - 733
MOORE, Christine - Independent - 119
ROBINSON, John - Labour Party - 800 Elected
SEYMOUR, Jimmy - Independent - 168
WILLS, Gloria - Independent - 301.


Durham County Council

Election of Parish Councillors for Fishburn Parish on Thursday 4 May 2017

I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Fishburn Parish. Name of Candidate/Home Address/Description (if any):

  • ANDERSON, Vivienne Christine, 4 Greenside Close, Fishburn, Co Durham, TS21 4HD
  • BARKER, Michele Amanda, 13 Sycamore Road, Fishburn, Co Durham, TS21 4EX - Independent
  • HODGSON, Madeline, 6 Salters Drive, Fishburn, Stockton On Tees, Cleveland, TS21 4BH
  • KEMP, Jade, 6 Cleveland View, Fishburn, Stockton on Tees, TS21 4BZ
  • LUKE, Christine Lesley, 17 St Bede Avenue, Manor Park, Fishburn, Cleveland, TS21 4BN
  • LUMSDON Rachel, 2 Homestall, Winterton Park, Sedgefield, Stockton on Tess, TS21 4DE - Labour Party
  • PARKIN, Michael Graeme, 17 Stone Cross, Fishburn, TS21 4EH
  • PEARSON, Andrew, 8 Salvin Terrace, Fishburn, TS21 4AG
  • PEARSON, Penny, 8 Salvin Terrace, Fishburn, TS21 4AG
  • TINKLER, Stephen, 8 South View, Fishburn, Stockton on Tees, TS21 4BS - Independent

Dated Thursday 6 April 2017

Terry Collins

Returning Officer

Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

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Fishburn Parish Website

THE website is now an established part of the Parish Council. Statistics show us that it has been viewed from several countries such as Germany, Spain, Australia and America. The number of people accessing the site rises every quarter and we hope you find the information useful and interesting.

Please let us know what you think of our site and 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. 

Recent activity involving the Council has seen the complete refurbishment of all three play areas. Improvements have been made to the crossroads in the village, as well as the nearby village green.


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. The latest version is available within the Document Library.

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, starting at Fishburn Community Centre at 7pm and then transferring to the site of the Wheel at 7.30pm. Fishburn Band were in attendance. An 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.

Cemetery Gates

The Cemetery gates have been replaced, with a widening of the entrance an integral part. The design of the new 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.

Village Green

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.

Tubs have now been placed along both sides of the Green. Funding was also obtained by the Parish Council for 44 planters 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.

Bowling Green

New roses have been planted in the flower beds at the bowling green: 'Peace' roses commemorating the centenary of the First World War to show respect for residents of Fishburn past and present who have gone to war; 'Queen Elizabeth' roses to mark the Queen's 90th birthday; and 'Nostalgia' roses as eye-catching creamy-white to bright cherry-red colour, as well as 'Remembrance' (red)  and 'Beautiful Britain' (orange). 


Fishburn Allotment Association has now taken over the management of the allotment site, on behalf of the Parish Council.

They have already funded some security measures in conjunction with the local Police and have been successful in obtaining a grant towards some new gates for both main entrances.

Allotment rents are now to be collected in January each year instead of April, which will help 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. The rent for this year from April to December 2015 is £15, returning to the normal figure of £20 for the 12 months after that.

Anyone wishing to be placed on the waiting list should e-mail the Parish Clerk giving name, home address and contact number and the details will then be passed on to the Allotment Association secretary. Allotments will be allocated strictly according to the waiting list. The yearly rental is £20, 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 play on the streets of Fishburn on the day of the Durham Miners Gala and at Christmas playing traditional Christmas carols.