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12 May 2019FISHBURN IN BLOOM 2019

Are YOU up for the challenge?

We have entered Fishburn into the large village category of Northumbria in Bloom competition and now we need your help.

Our judges made their first visit on Friday 12th April and will return in July for the summer judging.

There are marks for well-tended residential areas so we need residents to help us work to gain a gold award.

We need businesses in the village to work with the rest of the community by sponsoring or purchasing flower tubs or baskets outside their premises.

If you are interested, please contact:

Telephone: 07788 111729
e-mail: fishburnparishcouncil@hotmail.com

We would really appreciate your help.




ONE vacancy has occurred on the above named Parish Council due to the resignation of one member.

The Returning Officer at Durham County Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors to call an election has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the one casual vacancy by co-option.

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the Council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

Public elections cannot be held until May 2021 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors. 

Applicants must be a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election. Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may apply:

The applicant's name must appear on the current register of local government electors for the parish, or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within 4.8km (three miles) of the parish, or the applicant has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish.

You cannot stand for election if you are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order; have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine; you work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).

Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a parish councillor need to be submitted in writing to the Clerk to the Council at the address given below no later than 5.00 p.m. Friday, 7th June, 2019.  Candidates may be invited to attend the Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday, 13th June, 2019 to meet members and to give a short presentation (3 or 4 minutes) on why they would like to be a parish councillor and what they feel they can offer to the community.

Telephone: 07788 111729

e-mail: fishburnparishcouncil@hotmail.com

Website: www.fishburnparishcouncil.org.uk

Clerk to Fishburn Parish Council

Date: 9th May 2019


09 May 2019ANNUAL REPORT 2019

WELCOME to Fishburn Parish Council’s Annual Report. As a local council, our aim is to provide residents with the best services possible at a local level.

A lot of what we have achieved is regularly contained in the Fishburn News, which is circulated free of charge within the village, e.g. improving the appearance of the cemetery, the bowling green, and recreation grounds; new footpaths and ramp outside the football pavilion; renewing damaged bus shelters at Fishburn Terrace and West Terrace; and planting a Nordmann fir tree on the village green for the Christmas light switch-on event on Wednesday 4th December 2019.

The Parish Council asked a local contractor - East Durham Solutions Limited - to carry out a much-needed refurbishment of the very dilapidated changing rooms at the sports pavilion and the scheduled date for completion of the works is 24th May 2019. The Council applied to other funding organisations, e.g. £5,000.00 from Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Fund, and £7,500.00 from the Neighbourhood Budgets of County Councillors David Brown and John Robinson, to bolster the £30,000.000 which had been set aside from council reserves.

The primary source of income for Fishburn Parish Council comes from the precept, which is a local tax collected by Durham County Council on behalf of the Parish. This money is required to run our council and pays to maintain and improve the facilities, activities, events and services that we provide.  The Council considered the financial needs for 2019-20 and set the precept at £91,000.00. Members did not wish to put an additional tax burden on local people, but felt that there were good reasons for raising payments by a realistic amount.

It is a sad fact that a sizeable chunk of our 2018-19 expenditure went on repairs to public property, street furniture, litter bins, and bus shelters in the village, following several incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The Council urges every member of the public to report these incidents to the police and name those responsible - they are costing each and every one of us money which could be better used elsewhere.

The Council regularly receives requests from charities and other organisations for grants or donations. Our resources are wholly derived from public funds, so we granted money from general reserves towards activities which we consider bring direct benefit to the village and 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 Community Centre 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 have also supported Fishburn Youth & Community Centre with £6,000.00 per annum in each financial year 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21 - matched funding (£1 for £1) - to ensure the youth service remains as successful as it is.

The Council worked in partnership with the Cardiac Arrest Prevention Team at the University Hospital of North Durham to install an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on the front wall of the Community Centre building on Butterwick Road.

We continuously monitor our expenditure, and examine very closely how and where we spend money. Every project has to be considered and evaluated in terms of cost-effectiveness, and benefit to the community at large. We have agreed a budget for the forthcoming financial year, but we must be mindful that we need to be looking at ways to improve facilities in the future.

The Council will be turning its thoughts to the three play areas which require attention; levelling up the remaining older areas of the cemetery that are particularly low and uneven; purchasing additional made-to-order metal hanging baskets for the village green; and installing boulders at the pit wheel fields to prevent damage by off-road-bikes, all terrain vehicles, and horses. The Memorial Children’s Playing Field is a registered charity and new trustees are reviving the charity and preparing a funding application to maintain the play area in partnership with the Parish Council.

Looking forward, the Parish Council has taken the decision to enter the large village category of Northumbria in Bloom competition. During their summer visit in July, the judges will be looking at three sections: horticultural achievement; environmental responsibility; and community participation, so please be proud of your community and join in.

S. E. Landscaping Limited (Shildon) has been re-engaged for grounds maintenance services from 1st April 2019. Scott Ellwood’s company has won several awards through Northumbria in Bloom. We conduct regular inspection visits at all parish council owned areas and any issues or complaints are dealt with straight away.

We will be going ahead with a plan for a gas beacon on the village green which has been proposed by parish councillor Stephen Tinkler as a commemorative landmark for special events in the village such as Victory in Europe (VE) Day 75 on 8th May 2020.

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 officials at 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; they only give crime statistics at Police and Community Trust and Area Action Partnership meetings. 

The Parish Council has 11 council 'seats'. A casual vacancy arose due to the non-attendance of James Willcock. We said good-bye to Vivienne Anderson and thanked her for her hard work on behalf of the Parish Council. We have been pleased to welcome three new councillors: Andrew Dillon; Kathleen Dowson; and Sandra Dowson, who have already made important contributions to the council’s increasing workload, and we currently have one remaining vacancy in the office of councillor.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank councillors for their support throughout the past year. Residents are welcome to attend our monthly meetings which are held on the second Thursday of each month (except August) in the meeting room at Fishburn Community Centre, Butterwick Road, Fishburn, County Durham, TS21 4ED, at 6.30 p.m.

Councillor Andrew Pearson

Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council

9th May 2019


The Parish Council has decided that certain pieces of grounds maintenance equipment are no longer required and are now surplus to requirements. These are being offered to the public via an on-line auction 'as seen' with no warranty and collection in person only, with a view to achieving the best price possible. If anyone is interested in placing a bid/offer on any of the items for sale, some items, e.g. a Prada 6500 generator are already listed on ebay, others will be added over the next couple of days and available to view via the following seller information sean_p23

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