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05 August 2019VANDALISM

Fishburn has once again become the target for a spate of vandalism. In March, someone knocked the roof off one of the Parish Council's new bus shelters which cost £2,976.00. In recent months residents have also reported vandalism and scattered broken glass on the football fields, and it seems some of these problems are on the rise again. Last week, criminal damage and wanton destruction at the Memorial Children's Playing Field caused distress to locals who take their children there and in recent days the former colliery (pit) tub used as a flower planter as a sacred memorial of the village's coal mining history at the entrance to the industrial estate has been overturned and damaged, and the gate/barrier at the pit wheel fields has been rammed and the lock cut off.

Vandalism is a crime that has a major effect on residents' quality of life and costs local council tax payers thousands of pounds to repair. It is easy to dismiss it as a minor offence, but it has a big impact on the local community. Durham Constabulary no longer permits a representative from the neighbourhood policing team to routinely attend parish council meetings. If you want to get involved in how your local area is policed, the Constabulary encourages parish council members to attend their local PACT meetings - Police and Communities Together - which they feel offer better value for money and help reach a broad cross-section of the public, so that their priorities accurately reflect the concerns of the community as a whole. The next Fishburn PACT meeting will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019 in Fishburn Community Centre at 6.00 p.m. All members of the community are welcome. At every meeting there is a discussion about local priorities. These are the issues which local people tell them they want their local policing team to tackle. According to the Constabulary, if an issue is made a PACT priority it will be tackled, and there will be an update at future meetings about what has been done about it.

Report a crime

‚ÄčThere are a number of ways you can get in touch with Durham Constabulary depending on the urgency and type of request. In an emergency, always telephone 999. In a non-emergency call 101. (Calls to 101 cost 15p per call, no matter what time of day it is, or how long the call lasts). A Police Emergency is when:

•Someone’s life is in danger
•Someone is at risk of violence, or property is about to be damaged
•A serious offence is in progress
•A suspect is at the scene or an early arrest is likely
•Serious disruption to the public is likely
•Very serious crime (e.g. rape, grievous bodily harm etc.)

Text message to 86101 will get an automatic text response prior to communications actioning the information. This service is for NON EMERGENCY contact only.


You can report crime anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is a simple and anonymous way for members of the public to help prevent and solve crimes throughout the UK. Information you have about a crime may be vital to the police. If you think you know something which may be of use then pick up the phone. Your call is free. It is completely anonymous. You may receive a reward.

18 July 2019FISHBURN IN BLOOM 2019

We have entered Fishburn into the large village category of Northumbria in Bloom competition. The adjudicators made their Summer judging visit today, starting their tour at Fishburn Primary School. They will be looking at three sections: horticultural achievement; environmental responsibility; and community participation.

The youngest children from the school have been working at preparing their allotment area ready for the visit as they are very proud of their school grounds/small orchard. The children who have used their allotment as a project are in early years, 3-5 years, also some older children. The Headteacher has indicated that they would also like to help to install 6-8 bat and bird nesting boxes in the large trees on the village green, as well as planning for the future by planting some spring-flowering daffodil bulbs around the village in the Autumn term when they get back in September.

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), and the borders along the cemetery drive have been improved and 50 new hybrid tea roses planted.

The Allotment Association and the Community Centre have been very supportive, and the Co-op store kindly donated £250.00 for two self-watering barrel planters to match the existing flower tubs on the rest of the village green. Scott Ellwood’s company, S. E. Landscaping Limited, has also supported the council's entry.

It was too late to plant some wild flowers in Fishburn for this year, but we have ordered some seed which is attractive to bees and butterflies and would welcome willing volunteers from the local community to sow some annual and perennial wildflowers on the highway verges at the four entrances to the village for a colourful floral display in next year's summer months.


A sparkling new community facility was officially unveiled on Saturday 13th July 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at the popular recreation ground in Butterwick Road, Fishburn, 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.

Ian Coverdale, a founder member of Fishburn Football Club, cut the ribbon with the Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council (Cllr. Andrew Pearson) and children from the local football teams, after work was successfully completed on schedule by local contractor East Durham Solutions Limited.

Andrew Pearson, Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council, said:

“There have been a number of requests for such a facility by local residents. To see the ribbon cut is an important milestone. The Parish Council believes public health is very important. We are investing in leisure facilities to encourage people to get out there, be fit and be healthy.”

Michele Barker, Treasurer for Fishburn Community Football Club, said:

“The Football Club and the Parish Council have joined forces in order to make the local players’ dream a reality. We now have this amazing sporting facility in Fishburn which will be well utilised by young people. It will be available for all the community to use and for local sporting organisations by arrangement.”

Fishburn Recreation Ground is owned by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) and is leased to Fishburn Parish Council. The lease was originally for 30 years signed in 1962 and was re-negotiated in 1997 for a term of 125 years. There is one full size football pitch and the former cricket square is now marked out as a second small football pitch. The brick pavilion dating from the early 1960s is primarily used by Fishburn Community Football Club (FCFC). Fishburn Sports & Leisure Complex includes a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), bowling greens and football pitches. Improvement works include a kitchen, toilets, showers, and a large store room for equipment, replacement roof, windows, new footpaths, and access ramp. Further plans are also being drawn up to enhance the playing fields and improve the external appearance of the building.

For further information contact: The Treasurer - Fishburn Community Football Club - Telephone: 07973223275 e-mail: ma.cjbarker@gmail.com  



If you can work as a part of a team, are able to take part in meetings, form sound judgements based on what is best for the community, and willing to abide by majority decisions, you have the qualities of a parish councillor.

For more information contact:

Telephone: 07788 111729

e-mail: fishburnparishcouncil@hotmail.com



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 email address given below. Candidates may be invited to attend a partish council meeting 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.

Clerk to Fishburn Parish Council

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