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1. ONE vacancy has occurred on the above named Parish Council.

The Parish Council has eleven “seats” and ten were filled at the election (i.e. ten councillors were elected). The Council can fill the vacancy by co-option without the need to advertise the vacancy within 35 working days of the election - until 23rd June 2017.

2. NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the Council will fill the one 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. 

3. 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).

4. 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 2nd June 2017.  Candidates will be invited to attend the Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 8th June 2017 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. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies (i.e. one) the vacancy will be filled by a separate vote or series of votes.

5. Telephone: 07788 111729

e-mail: fishburnparishcouncil@hotmail.com

Website: www.fishburnparishcouncil.org.uk

Clerk to Fishburn Parish Council

Date: 12th May 2017


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


Fishburn Bowls Club - More than just Bowls

Open Events on the table this summer:

Darts Bowls

Junior Bowls

Barefoot Bowls

YouTube Bowls

Speed Date Bowls

and much more

Membership not required for open events. It’s local, it’s fun and it’s all less than a tenner! Parent supervision re-quired for junior events.


No Green Fees and Membership is just £15.00. Join us in our league battles this season.


Mondays 6.30pm

Thursdays 6.30pm

Saturdays 2.30pm

Search online for Fishburn Bowls Club

Tel: 07930 592 929


GREENFINGERS Landscapes Limited has landed  Fishburn Parish Council's grounds maintenance contract, which covers grass cutting and associated works, cemetery works and sports fields in Fishburn. The contract is for three years and subject to review.

Greenfingers is a specialist grounds maintenance organisation that already provides a full array of grounds maintenance operations to public sector clients across Northern England. They have 12 depots and the nearest to Fishburn is their Stockton depot which has been operating for over 5 years and employs up to 20 local people.

Due to the obvious seasonal nature of grass cutting operations the Parish Council has for a number of years relied on third party contractors to complement the capacity of its workforce. This latest contract will provide for improved contractor management and is also more cost effective.

Staff from Greenfingers' depot in Stockton will be delivering the contract. Director Lisa Higginbottom said: “We are very pleased to be working in Fishburn where residents and the Parish Council can be assured of our commitment to quality maintenance and customer care."

23 March 2017NEW LOGO

CONGRATULATIONS to REBEKAH WATRET of Fishburn who 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.

The Parish Council has awarded Rebekah a £50.00 cash prize for her winning design. As well as the pride in being part of this community initiative, she will also be presented with a display replica of her design. The Signs Man (Coxhoe) has kindly agreed to print the winning logo and put it in a display frame.

The new logo will be used on all future parish council stationery and documents and on the council’s website.

The logo represents:

- the mining wheel (outer circle)

- the mining community (inner circle)

- the brass band

- the farming history

- the river/Fishburn school/a little of the old logo.


FISHBURN is now home to a state-of-the-art games area thanks a £50,000 investment.

The village’s new multi use games area (MUGA) was unveiled on Saturday on the site of the overgrown, redundant tennis courts.

MP Phil Wilson joined Cllr Rachel Lumsdon who cut the ribbon - marking the play area open.

Cllr Lumsdon awarded Fishburn Parish Council’s project £28,234 from her Neighbourhood Budget, Cllr John Robinson handed over £5,000 while the council made up the shortfall.

Cllr Lumsdon said: “The MUGA will provide a new community facility while improving the local visual environment.

“Hearing the children playing on the MUGA is lovely and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

The MUGA is designed to provide a flexible and versatile sports venue which is suitable for anything from basketball, netball and hockey to cricket, football and tennis.

Andrew Pearson, chairman of Fishburn Parish Council, said: “To see the ribbon cut is an important milestone.

“The requirement was to replace a tired old tennis court with a sparkling new multi use games area. We have been able to deliver the project ahead of schedule and within budget.”

The council is talking with local sports groups to ensure it is well used.

NORTHERN ECHO: Tuesday 14th March 2017 by Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor.


Fishburn Parish Council’s MUGA is open to the public.

The MUGA is provided for the use and pleasure of the whole community and we ask you to use it in such a way that others are not inconvenienced.

The Parish Council wants the facility to be well utilised by young people and local sporting organisations, so the pedestrian gate near the sports pavilion will remain unlocked for access.

NO DOGS ALLOWED. Dog owners are requested not to exercise their dogs on childrens’ play areas, sports pitches or maintained areas.



For a trial period starting from Saturday 11th March we will also open one gate (nearest the changing rooms) every day. We ask that people close the gate behind them.

We must stress that dogs are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN from being allowed on the fields. It is up to local people to take responsibility for ensuring this does not happen or reporting people who choose to ignore this. Should we find people allowing dogs on the field, or anti-social behaviour, the gates will remain locked again.

We trust that people will understand and appreciate the reasons for this.


THE Parish Council was consulted by Durham County Council on the introduction of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Apparently, 80% of respondents to the consultation agreed with the proposal and it is hoped that the introduction of the PSPO will reduce dog fouling and other related issues. From 1st June 2017 the following will become a fineable offence in County Durham:

•allowing a dog to stray;
•failing to put a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer;
•allowing dogs into fenced off designated play areas.

The existing offence for allowing a dog to foul without picking it up will continue under the PSPO. Trained council staff and Durham Constabulary staff will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for £100 (discounted to £60 if paid within 10 working days) for breach of the Public Space Protection Order. Failure to pay the FPN will lead to prosecution, with a maximum fine of £1,000. The order will not apply to anyone who is registered as blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.

Some parish councils have also asked Durham County Council's Neighbourhood Protection Manager for their fenced off play areas to be added to the list of parks which will be subject to this PSPO.

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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.