12 January 2021WALKING IN DURHAM
IN THESE peculiar times when people are walking more than usual many are interested in finding new local walks. A website named Walking in Durham, has lots of walks available for free download and printing. A short article is attached at the following link:
07 January 2021GRANT APPROVAL: MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S PLAYING FIELD
THE MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S PLAYING FIELD project has been allocated £10,000 from the Neighbourhood Budgets of Councillors John Robinson and David Brown (£5,000 each). The Parish Council is providing match funding of £2,929. Kompan has been instructed to install the new playground equipment as soon as possible [predicted project end date: 31st March 2021].
28 November 2020FISHBURN MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT
PARISH COUNCILLOR SANDRA DOWSON is organising a fundraising appeal on behalf of Fishburn Parish Council. She is raising money to install a memorial garden which will occupy a quiet corner of Fishburn Cemetery and, in addition to this a wall to commemorate the memory of the deceased with plaques, the garden will incorporate a water feature, hanging baskets, plants and benches.
Fishburn Memorial Garden will act as a place of remembrance for those whom we have lost and as a site of respect for our loved ones.
All money raised will be held by the Parish Council and used to ensure that Fishburn families have a space to scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones and for quiet reflection as we move forward through these strange times due to the COVID-19 crisis. Any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support. If there are any funds left over after the end of the project , they will be used by the Parish Council for the good of the village community.
Once again, we thank you for any donations you make through GoFundMe.com
12 November 2020ASBESTOS REMOVAL - FISHBURN ALLOTMENT SITE
THE PARISH COUNCIL is following the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for managing asbestos-containing material (ACM) at the allotments, which explains the process of identifying, assessing the risk of exposure, and then managing the materials, in an effort to clear all the ACM through the whole site as soon as reasonably practicable, in consultation with the occupier of the land at the allotment site, i.e. FISHBURN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION, having been appointed as site managers by the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has given instructions that any ACM must be left in place until it can be removed by a suitably trained person and under no circumstances should it be dismantled or be moved from the plots. A specialised contractor, which the Parish Council has previously used for the removal of asbestos at the allotments, has been asked to remove asbestos debris, cement panels, galbestos sheets, with safe documented disposal of all arising waste, but not before the clocks are turned forward on Sunday 28th March 2021 and daylight-saving time starts, to try to minimise the disruption to plot holders who will be affected by the work.
05 November 2020CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
THE PARISH COUNCIL has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Northumbria in Bloom and presented with a Certificate of Recognition for the gardening activities carried out in 2020, an award which also reflects the work of the entire grounds maintenance team during this testing time. RHS Community Development Manager said:
"This year an amazing sense of community spirit has enabled people to face the difficulties of this dreadful pandemic together. Through Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood, and other community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your communities more resilient in these testing times. We know that people have felt closer to nature through lockdown and valued access to green space so much more, and we have heard that people are valuing your work more than ever before.
"At the RHS and the Bloom Regions and Nations we have been incredibly moved by your stories of courage, creativity and ingenuity in helping your wider communities through this time. Even those groups who have not been able to carry out activities this year are still an important part of a wider movement to make all our communities stronger, greener and happier.
"We want to recognise how important you all are and how valuable your work is with certificates in 2020. We hope that 2021 will be kinder to us all, and we look forward to working alongside you all in the year ahead".
23 October 2020EXTERNAL AUDITOR REPORT 2019/20
FISHBURN PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF THE AUDIT
ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015
The audit of accounts for the Council for the year ended 31st March 2020 has been concluded.
The Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of the Council on application to the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £2.00 for each copy of the Annual Return to cover printing and postage costs. An electronic copy of the annual return can be provided to any local government elector free of charge by email.
Announcement made by: The Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.
Date of announcement: 23rd October 2020.