10k Road Race & Weardale Railway Know your A-Z of Council Great North Walk & Harperley PoW Councillor Services Page 2 Pages 4 & 5 Page 6 Special Pullout Section Inside www.wear valley.gov.uk WEAR VALLEY AUTU MN 2004 Your Community Newspaper from Wear Valley District Council You Decide! On the ballot paper, you will have two options to vote on: Option A: One huge local authority - County Durham Council covering the whole of the existing county council area On November 4th, you will have the opportunity to Wear Valley District Council is part of Local Choice- exercising the functions of the existing help change the future of regional and local Local Voice, a group of six local district councils in the county council and those of the former government. As a resident of Wear Valley, and with County (Chester-le-Street District Council, district councils. the rest of County Durham, you will have the chance Derwentside District Council, District of Easington to vote on whether or not the region should have an Council, Sedgefield Borough Council, Teesdale Option B: Three local authorities. The Elected Regional Assembly. District Council and Wear Valley District Council) areas of these single tier authorities supporting plans for there to be three local councils If the region votes for an Assembly, residents in would be formed from combinations of which in our view presents the best option for the County Durham will have another important question existing district council areas (please future of local government in the county. More to vote on - should current councils be replaced by see below) and would exercise the importantly we believe that it is in the best interests of one huge council or three smaller local councils? functions of the former district councils local people and local communities by making You will get the chance to vote on this question at the and those of the former Durham County decisions that relate directly to their area. Would one same time you vote on the regional Referendum. This Council. large council find it easy to properly represent the question will change the way in which councils are interests of such a diverse area which has large run in County Durham and will have a significant North Durham Council: urban areas and vast rural stretches? effect on the way your local council services are bringing together Chester-le-Street provided. Services provided by a council are always an and Derwentside District Councils. important issue for residents of any area. At the moment, County Durham has two levels of East Durham Council: Cllr. Mr. Robin Todd, spokesman for the Local councils. There is one county council (Durham County bringing together District of Choice–Local Voice group, said: “People judge their Council) and seven district councils (Chester-le- Easington and City of Durham councils on how well they deliver services, and rightly Street, City of Durham, Derwentside, District of Councils. so. Having your services delivered locally and by Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley). If people who understand your area – as well as there is a ‘Yes’ vote for a Regional Assembly, then all South Durham Council: providing value for money – is what matters to most of the councils will be replaced with either three local bringing together Sedgefield, people. Politics and other arguments rarely come councils or one huge council for the whole of the Teesdale and Wear Valley District into it. county area. Councils. “There is little doubt that a huge single authority Three local councils would be big enough to deliver The decision is yours and only you can covering the whole of County Durham could deliver all the local services the people of County Durham those services. But people like to have ready access decide whether you would like three need, such as education, care for the elderly, social to their services, and to their council. They like to smaller accessible councils delivering services, roads, housing and environmental health, drop in when something goes wrong, and it is services locally with better knowledge of but not so big that people would feel they were out of absolutely right that they should be able to. local areas and issues, or one huge touch, or out of reach, of their local council. The largest population that would be represented by one authority delivering the services right “Keeping local councils closer to local people is vitally of the three local councils would be approximately important – residents can be properly represented by across the whole of the County. 181,700 people. This compares to one huge council a councillor local to them, and have services covering the whole of the county which would have to If you would like to find out anymore delivered on their doorstep.” serve nearly 500,000 people over an area of 860 information, please call or visit your local square miles and would have to cope with the needs Durham County Council support option ‘A’ for having district council or visit the following of all local communities and neighbourhoods around one huge council representing the whole of County websites: the county. Is this area simply too big and too diverse Durham. If you choose option ‘A’ , they propose to set up eleven Area Boards across County Durham that www.localchoice-localvoice.org.uk to be represented by just one council? appear to be designed as a consultation mechanism. The seven district councils in Durham believe it is. www.durham.gov.uk The question is… is this perpetuating the current two They want to see at least three local smaller councils. tier local government arrangements and would this be www.electoralcommission.org.uk Only you can decide whether there are three more expensive to set up than option ‘B’? all-purpose local councils or just one huge council to www.odpm.gov.uk serve the 500,000 people who live in the county. As we say, ‘You Decide’. our aim is... ‘to become the best district council in England’ 2 A U TU M N 20 0 4 Health Matters Walk draws the crowds in a celebration of life Wear Valley again hosted a major put together a three-mile route so that summer walk which attracted those confined to wheelchairs and thousands of people keen to pushchairs could take part. celebrate the benefits of exercise. Not only was the event celebrating the Among the many people who importance of exercise, many charities supported the Great North Walk was benefited as many of the walkers were the Bishop of Durham, the Rt. Rev. sponsored. The Northern Echo Tom Wright, who joined thousands of newspaper, which backed it as part of people at his Auckland Castle seat its Chance to Live campaign, which where the trek began. aims to combat heart disease by persuading people to eat well and take Starting and finishing at the castle in exercise were among the event’s main Bishop Auckland, 4,000 walkers took sponsors. part in the Traidcraft Great North Walk, which was officially started by Hilary Hilary Armstrong said: "The walk is a Armstrong MP. very important event, as are the The eight-mile route took walkers principles behind it. Exercise is around the castle's grounds, through something no-one else can do for you. the market place and across the River The NHS can do so much, but we Wear. Following a disused railway and have a responsibility to our own bodies along the river, walkers passed to look after them through healthy Binchester Roman Fort before heading living and regular exercise." across fields and woodland back to the castle. Leader of the Council, Cllr. Mrs Olive Organisers Wear Valley District Brown said: “The atmosphere was Council and Nova International also absolutely brilliant.” Walkers during the Great North Walk outside of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Auckland Castle 10k Road Race This years Auckland Castle 10k road Athens) and club and run for fitness participants. race, sponsored by New Balance athletic shoes and the Durham Dales Organisationally the event again went without a hitch. The star of the show was Primary Care Trust and supported by Ernest Kemeli from Kenya who is still a junior - he finished third in the junior Running Fitness magazine and the race at this years World Cross Country Championships - who ran away from Northern Echo, was the biggest since three times Auckland Castle winner Julius Kimtai (Kenya) over the last three it's inception in 1999 when 400 kilometres. Kemeli's 28:56 was only eleven seconds outside the course record runners took part. despite the heat. Based on the work of the local Safety Coventry's Glynn Tromans, although finishing fifth, was the first British runner Advisory Group the police have home and therefore became English champion as the event was designated the gradually increased the maximum limit English Championships for 2004. for entries to the point where just Former Australian Natalie Harvey who now represents Great Britain was the under 900 runners were allowed to overall womens winner in 33:02 ahead of African opposition - and therefore also enter this year. became the 2004 national champion. After a week of incessant rain, Sunday 15th August was blessed with At the post race presentation, officials of the national championships announced Participants of this years Auckland Castle 10k Road Race bright sunshine - although runners that they would like the Auckland Castle event to host the championships again may have found the heat and in 2005. A real coup for the race. humidity a little uncomfortable. Nonetheless, all who attended had a great time Behind the stars, runners of all abilities had a great time and richly deserved the with spectators cheering on the usual mix of world class athletes (some of whom race T-shirt given to every finisher. chose to compete at Auckland Castle after just missing out on selection for A Message from The re-opening of the Weardale Railway is terrific news for the dale, it really is. For many years, the Wear Valley District Council Councillor railway was disused but thanks to a determined band of volunteers, backed by organisations such as Civic Centre, Crook, County Durham, DL15 9ES. Tel: (01388) 765 555 Fax: (01388) 766 660 Minicom: (01388) 761 515 Mrs. Olive Brown ourselves, the dream of seeing trains making that www.wearvalley.gov.uk e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org journey again never really died. Wear Valley Matters is published by Wear Valley District Council four times per Leader of year and delivered by Amaro Distribution to homes and businesses throughout the district. It is anticipated that the next edition will be published and distributed in Now the line is open again and the dream has become Wear Valley a reality. We wish it all success and with other December 2004. This issue costs 11p per citizen to research, write, edit, print and deliver. The newspaper is written by freelance journalist John Dean. It is edited by Craig Downs and designed by Darren Gibson in the Marketing and Communications Section at Wear Valley District District Council developments such as the opening of the Harperley Council. It is printed by Yorkshire Web. PoW Camp tourist attraction and progress being made If you have any stories you would like to contribute, please contact the editor on (01388) 761 958. Space is limited but we will do our best to include as many stories as possible. The editor reserves the Some events have the ability to inspire you and the on the business front, the dale is really alive. right to decide what is published in the newspaper. All information was correct at the time of print. Errors and omissions must be accepted. Great North Walk is one such occasion. I was there on Of course, I cannot write this message without If you are a resident of Wear Valley but have not had a copy delivered through your letterbox, please the day and it was absolutely fantastic. The walkers let us know. Please accept our apologies if you live outside Wear Valley District and still receive our made sure that the event had a brilliant atmosphere. referring to the forthcoming Referendum on Regional newspaper. Government and about the future of local government. The walk underlines the important message that Equal Opportunities exercise is good for you: the thousands of people who Many thousands of words have been spoken and Wear Valley District Council fully written about this subject already. Do you want smaller endorses the removal of all took part certainly were an excellent example of how barriers to effective participation true that is. local councils or one huge council covering the whole arising from ethnicity, religion, geographic location, special of the county? needs, language differences, Indeed, these are optimistic times because, as you learning difficulties, sexual can see on pages 4 & 5 of this issue of Matters, It is up to you now. It is your decision. I am sure that, orientation, gender, age or disability. having considered all the options, you will make the Weardale is experiencing some really exciting We can produce this newspaper developments. right choice. in other formats. It can also be reproduced in Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Mandarin, Gall y ddogfen hon gael ei hatgynhyrchu yn yr ieithoedd canlynol: Punjabi, Urdu & Welsh. Bengaleg, Cantoneg, Cymraeg, Hindi, Pwnjabeg ac Wrdw. Community Matters A U TU M N 20 0 4 3 Defences go up to prevent a repeat of disastrous flooding A fifteen-metre high dam will help protect South Church and West Auckland from the kind of flooding which has devastated the communities in the past. The new defences have already passed their first test when heavy rains hit the district in the middle of August and although some homes flooded, most escaped. Work on the Environment Agency project began in March last year and includes new flood walls and embankments built in response to the flood of June 2000 when more than 400 properties were flooded when the River Gaunless overflowed. A major part of the scheme is the flood storage reservoir and dam at Spring Gardens, designed to store floodwater and release it at a controlled rate over several days. The dam is more than 300m long and built using approximately 80,000 cubic metres of clay taken from local borrow pits. Flood Defence under construction on the River Gaunless Agency officers hope the scheme will be fully operational by majority of the £9m budget has been provided by a autumn this year to protect 600 properties against the flood, Government grant. with a 0.5% chance of such incidents happening. As part of the project, environmental improvements are under way August's tests came when heavy rains swept across the upstream of the dam, including the creation of wetland area and 400 homes were saved from flooding by the still habitats Oakley Cross Beck, although only small compared uncompleted flood defences. People living in South to the River Gaunless, contributed to more than 40 Church, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, were properties flooding in 2000. bracing themselves for another disaster but the Environment Agency said that homes in the village had As a result, funding from Wear Valley District Council and been saved because of walls built along the river and the the Environment Agency has allowed a scheme for the beck part-completed dam at Spring Gardens. Some gardens at to progress at the same time as the Gaunless defences. South Church were swamped with 40 homes flooded in The defences on the Oakley Cross Beck stretch from the nearby West Auckland and Hummerbeck after Oakley Cross old bus depot on Staindrop Road to Oakley Cross School Beck burst its banks. downstream. Children from both schools in the area will help to plant new trees when the construction work is Peter Kerr, Area Flood Defence Manager for the complete. More than £9m is being spent on flood defence Environment Agency, said: "While we are pleased that part and warning schemes this year to protect homes and of the defences have been able to do their job protecting businesses in the North-East with the Wear Valley a major properties, I am sorry that this unseasonable weather has beneficiary. The budget, agreed by the Northumbria meant that people in West Auckland have suffered. The Regional Flood Defence Committee, will be used by the whole scheme is due for completion by the end of this year, Environment Agency to maintain existing schemes and so, hopefully, this is the last time the people of West develop new defences such as those on the Gaunless. The Auckland will be affected by water from Oakley Cross Beck." Rehabilitation course Delivery of Matters in helps heart condition Weardale victims to recover Local residents and the The final session of the latest Cardiac Rehabilitation Weardale Gazette have Phase III course at Woodhouse Close Leisure kindly brought to our Complex was completed on 21st July. attention some concerns about possible gaps in the Since the commencement of the programme in distribution of the June 1989, there have been 148 courses. edition of Matters to some Participants were able to take advantage of the addresses in Weardale. usual expertise on offer, consisting of the cardiac rehabilitation team from Bishop Auckland Hospital, Following these complaints Terry Skee, Company Director (pictured right) of Amaro Distribution presenting a copy of June Wear Valley District Council and the exercise we instructed our Matters to Mr Hughgill of St. Johns Chapel in referral team at Woodhouse Close Leisure distributors (Amaro Weardale Complex. Distribution Limited) to identify the nature of the The course consists of a six-week programme of problem and two surveys of the area were carried out, one by exercise and health education for people recovering Wear Valley District Council and one by Amaro Distribution from heart attacks or heart surgery. It is the result Limited themselves. The results of these surveys have of a long standing successful alliance between highlighted that some addresses in western Weardale may not Durham Dales NHS Trust and Wear Valley District have received the June issue of Wear Valley Matters. Council. The company, along with ourselves, agree that missed coverage On completion of the six-week course, participants is not acceptable and we are currently developing with them, are given the choice of moving on to the next phase more rigorous quality assurance mechanisms to reduce the and can continue to benefit from an exercise possibility of this happening again in the future. However, if we programme that is closely supervised and did miss your address for delivery on the last distribution, please monitored by the exercise referral team. accept our apologies. Clients can join the Bishop Auckland Cardiac Support Group which hold bi-monthly meetings that To make amends for this possible oversight, we have include information, advice, talks and fun nights. hand-delivered a copy of the June edition of Wear Valley Matters to all of the households identified in our survey, that may have For further information please contact Jill Mottram been missed in the distribution, along with a letter apologising on email@example.com or telephone for the oversight. (01388) 761 607. 4 A U TU M N 2 00 4 Tourism Matters Stanhope gets Sir William McAlpine, chairman of Weardale Railway Ltd, whose unfailing support has helped the volunteers make their dream turn to reality, praised the army of volunteers from Weardale Railway Trust, and a growing number of all steamed up staff who started work in 1993 to reopen the line. He praised Wear Valley District Council for its help and said: "It is a major project which when completed will place Weardale Railway as one of the three longest privately-owned railways in Britain - It is a long time since Weardale has and we aim to make it the best." experienced times like it with events this MP Hilary Armstrong, who officially year bringing a fresh sense of optimism to opened the railway, said: "It has an area which has always had to fight involved a group of committed harder than most for its opportunities. people and people who really knew One of the major reasons for the renewed what they were doing. It was not optimism is the re-opening of the just knowledge and skills, it was Weardale Railway in an area which saw their absolute commitment and the loss of more than 800 jobs between sheer determination which made this happen." January 2002 and June last year alone. Margaret Fay, Chairwoman of The rebirth of the railway is a key element Regeneration Agency One of an ongoing regeneration strategy for the NorthEast, which gave £1m to the district being spearheaded by the project, along with other donors Weardale Task Force, in which Wear such as the Heritage Lottery Fund Valley District Council plays such an and local authorities, opened important role. Wolsingham station. Closed after the Eastgate cement works She said: "Weardale Railway is switched freight transport from rail to road very much a project of today and more than a decade ago, the Weardale one for the future. Not only will it Railway line swiftly fell into disuse. help connect this remote rural area to major employment centres such But a determined group of volunteers as Darlington, but it will also be a wanted to bring it back to life and this major tourism draw. It is also a summer saw that dream turn to reality. major project for the Weardale Task Force, set up to reverse This is no tourism gimmick, this is a economic decline and an integral serious attempt to recreate the line as a part of its strategy to regenerate working railway, which, it is hoped, will Weardale." attract 90,000 visitors a year supporting the surrounding tourism industry. Task Force chairman John Hamilton said: “It was a fantastic With extensions to Eastgate and Bishop day for Weardale, and we should Auckland to come, it will link up with the just rejoice that people have main line at Darlington by 2007. worked so hard to achieve this." Colour photographs by Mel Allott The re-opening this summer was an emotional occasion for many people as the first Councillor Mrs Olive Brown said: "It is a fantastic locomotive made the journey along the line that event for the area and our economy.” many feared was dead. Wear Valley District Council would like to thank Hundreds of well-wishers turned up to see that the many individuals and organisations who have historic journey and witness the return of a worked so hard to bring this project to life. Their passenger service for the dale, which follows a teamwork and dedication has provided visitors to track from Stanhope Station, through Frosterley the area with an opportunity to see the valley in to Wolsingham. its true splendour, while retaining an important part of our industrial heritage. Wear Valley District Council has done all it can to help the hard-working volunteers and its leader The railway will provide a very important part of the solution to the social and economic problems we face in Stanhope Station during the 1950’s Weardale today. It has the potential to railway and other tourism-based projects will capitalise on the create jobs today, tomorrow and for the region's long standing foreseeable future, building a vibrant, rejuvenated railway heritage by Weardale. bringing thousands of visitors into the area, The economy of the Dale has seen many creating many changes. Today, the Dale stands on the threshold opportunities for local of a new era in which there will be a diverse and businesses and lively community with a range of job opportunities people. nearby or within reasonable travelling distance. Local people will be able to reap the The aim is to develop a sustainable rural benefit from the mix of community which benefits people of all ages employment living and working in the Dale. We want this to be opportunities that will seen as a national example of how co-ordinated be generated by this intervention can reverse the fortunes of a rural area while respecting - and, indeed, enhancing - project. The combination of the the local environment.” Tourism Matters A U T U MN 2 0 0 4 5 Escape back to the 1940’s at Harperley PoW Camp Harperley PoW Camp near Crook continues to go from strength to strength, attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia, Canada and the USA. The site, which has been scheduled as a Historic Monument is being developed into a museum and accommodation complex, with 85% of the original buildings still standing. Building on their success, Harperley Camp recently hosted the Northern Areas Military Vehicle Show, drawing enthusiasts from across the Country. The show featured a series of displays from different time periods with a broad selection of military vehicles and stalls selling all kinds of military related items. To complement the occasion a 40’s dance was also organised with many attending in period dress. The success of this event is a fine example of what can be achieved through the co-operation of partners and organisations with similar interests. James and Lisa McLeod at Harperley The development of the Weardale Railway, the proposed village and attractions at Eastgate and Harperley’s continued success provide opportunities that everyone in the Dale can benefit from and take pride in. The Harperley PoW camp, near Crook, based at the former wartime prison camp, was developed by James and Lisa McLeod, of Bracken Hill Farm, who developed the attraction at what became the first camp to become a scheduled monument, following its recommendation by English Heritage in 2002. The McLeods originally bought the land, near their farm, with a view to using the huts to store materials for Mr McLeod's fencing business. It was when they realised the camp's importance that they decided to turn it into a Second World War tourist attraction. The site retains 85 per cent of the original buildings, including a theatre and several wall murals painted by prisoners. With the venture entering its seventh month and employing 22 people, Mrs McLeod remains committed to the importance of tourism to the area. She said: "A lot of jobs have gone in this area and we hope to bring people to Weardale. We have already had thousands of visitors, including from Canada, Australia and the US, a number of whom had heard about us from relatives." They now plan to expand: only nine of the 49 huts have been brought back into use and the McLeods propose to use 22 more for a museum and convert 13 into Above: Some of the huts as they are today chalets. Above Left: The Camp as it was during the war "People can stay in the chalets for a week and use them as a base to explore the rest of the area," said Mrs McLeod. Traditional German Christmas Markets At Harperley PoW Camp from Thursday 25th November until Thursday 23rd December • Stalls • Santa’s Grotto • Traditional Christmas Food • Traditional Gluwien and • Gifts for all the family Brotwurst sausages Above: A theatrical production staged by the • Selection of Xmas Trees • Carol singers and prisoners, complete with orchestra • Christmas Decorations traditional organ Left: The McLeods in the theatre as it appears today For more information Telephone: (01388) 767 098 6 A U TU M N 20 0 4 Your Councillor Matters There are 40 elected members who represent the 19 wards of the district. We have 25 Labour Councillors, 9 Liberal Democrats and 6 Independents. Councillors are elected for a period of four years. Following the May 2003 elections, the Councillors pictured below were elected to serve on the council. Olive Neil Margaret Alexander Brown Stonehouse Jones Clements Please keep this page for future reference. 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The audit will cover April 2001 – March 2004. This is an assessment of all the crime and disorder information we can gather together so that we know if our actions are effective, and to help us to decide what to focus on for the next three years. This will be done in two stages. Firstly a broad look at crime generally, with a view to identifying particular problems for a The Wear and Tees Community more in-depth analysis. The first stage is almost complete. Safety Partnership has been successful in reducing crime but complaints of The general picture anti-social behaviour recorded by the police continue to rise. Over the last three years England and Wales have experienced an increase in total recorded crime. In Wear Valley, recorded crimes fell from 5545 in 2001/2 to 5006 in Members of the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Panel are looking at ways to 2003/04. That is a 9.7% reduction and 539 less victims. reduce the problem. Iain Phillips, Chair of the Partnership and Chief Executive of Wear Valley District Council, said: “Anti-social behaviour impacts on the quality of life of young and old alike and we are not complacent. We have Total Crime in Wear Valley 2001-2004 drawn down funding to support our action plan and have reviewed the working of the ASB panel and are reasonably confident that we can buck the trend”. Violence Against Burglary the Person Dwelling They include: The partnership has been successful in its bid for £50,000 15% 7% Burglary Other Neighbourhood Renewal Funding and £15,000 has been delegated for works Vehicle 9% Interference such as improved lighting and kissing gates on the Bishop Auckland to 1% Criminal Damage Brandon walkway at Willington. Some funding has been earmarked for the 19% continuation of the Positive Future Coordinator post. The coordinator works Theft Other with young people at risk of offending to provide more positive ways forward. 14% The Anti-Social Behaviour Panel has seven Anti-Social Behaviour Orders Theft of (ASBOs) against offenders. However, the panel is also using Acceptable Motor Vehicles Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) more effectively. ASBOs and ABCs are both 5% Criminal Damage to imposed on an individual. An ASBO carries legal force whilst an ABC is an a Motor Vehicle informal procedure. Both types of intervention are aimed at stopping the Theft from 9% Shops/Stalls Drugs Simple problem behaviour rather than punishing the offender. ABCs, initially introduced 7% Possession in the London Borough of Islington, have proved effective as a means of 2% encouraging young adults, children, and importantly, parents to take Theft from Sexual Robbery Other Fraud & responsibility for unacceptable behaviour. Motor Vehicles Offences 0% Crime Forgery 9% 0% 1% 2% Phil Shaw, ASB Coordinator and chair of the panel, said, ‘We have a new ABC protocol in place, all partners are signed up and we are moving up a gear. We see an ABC as an early intervention but if the unacceptable behaviour The above chart shows that over the audit period, the most frequent crime has been continues we will not hesitate to apply for an ASBO.” criminal damage followed by violence against the person and ‘theft other’. If we look more closely at specific crimes during the audit period: House burglary: This fell by 17.6%. In Wear Valley, every 15 households per 1,000 are burgled each year compared to the national average of 19.5. However, this is still higher than the county average of 12.2. Other burglary: Fallen by 21.9% compared to 7.1% across England and Wales. Community Safety Vehicle crime: Theft of motor vehicles has increased by 16.2% whilst theft from a motor vehicle has fallen by 6.5%. This compares to reductions of 11.4% and 8.6% respectively across England and Wales. Centre Violent Crime and violence against the person: Fallen by 29% and 30% respectively. This compares to increases of 36.4% and 46.9% respectively across England and Wales. Criminal Damage: Recorded incidents of criminal damage have fallen by 3.5%. However, opens criminal damage to motor vehicles has increased by 23.7%. England and Wales recorded Derek Foster MP an increase in both categories. launched a new Theft: Fallen by 11.2%. Community Safety centre Drug misuse and drug related crime: Recorded incidents of supplying drugs and simple on Friday, 18th June. possession have fallen. This does not give a full picture of drug misuse, rather they The centre, at 75 principally reflect police activity of targeting the supply of controlled drugs. It is estimated that over 90% of acquisitive crime is to feed drug habits, particularly heroin. Proudfoot Drive, Anti-Social Behaviour: The complaints recorded are still being analysed. Woodhouse Close Estate, Bishop Auckland will be the permanent base for the street wardens, anti-social behaviour coordinator and support The next stage officer, domestic violence coordinator, and research analyst. There will The first stage of the audit is almost complete and early indications suggest: also be sessional advice available, for example victim support and drug are likely to be the priority areas. But recorded crime and complaints to the police do not awareness. give us the whole picture. The centre will introduce a new way of working for the Wear and Tees • Criminal Damage • Anti-social Behaviour • Theft • Fear of Crime Community Safety Partnership, acting as a base for representatives • Substance Misuse and Drug • Violent Crime (including domestic from Wear Valley and Teesdale District Councils, Durham County Related Crime violence) Council, the Police, and Fire and Rescue to work together. We are interested in the views of local people in Wear Valley. You could help by Chief Superintendent Michael Banks, Vice- answering the following questions: Chair of the Wear and Tees Community 1. Do you agree that these are the main issues in the district? Safety Partnership said ‘Total crime in Teesdale and Wear Valley is down by 38% and 15% respectively which is no mean 2. Do you have any comments to make on how they should be tackled? achievement. We feel confident that the closer partnership working at the new community safety centre, together with some of the other initiatives we have put in Please return to: Elaine Baker, Community Safety Coordinator, place, will drive crime figures down even FREEPOST 115129003, MSU, Civic Centre, Crook, County Durham DL15 9ES. further.” or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Working in partnership with the National Probation Service, please contact (01388) 761 608 to report and remove graffiti. 8 A U T U M N 2 00 4 Environment Matters Recycling Litter Picks The Pride Campaign, launched in May message this year is a joint project between Wear Valley District Council and Groundwork West Durham. The aim of the campaign is to enable people to take pride in their takes the community through tackling and reducing litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and vandalism through a programme of education, bus! enforcement and community involvement. Communities in Wear Valley took part in transforming public spaces in August. Volunteers gave up a couple of hours of their time to make a The Green Box Recycling Scheme has difference in Willington, South Dene, Dene Valley Community Park, proven to be such a success that further Taylor Square Park in the Woodhouse Close Estate and Cockton Hill funding was announced in June this year to Recreation Ground. Residents helped clear away litter and tidy up areas, which gave a strong message to fellow residents that they no continue its development. The scheme longer wanted to see littered public spaces in their community. operates throughout Wear Valley, Derwentside and Teesdale districts and has seen Residents hope that their actions will encourage others not to drop litter recycling rates increase significantly since it was introduced in January 2003. so that everyone can take pride in their community. Funding allocated by the Waste Resources Action Programme, is designed to increase In addition to litter picks, the Pride Campaign is launching a number of recycling through enhanced communication with residents. The £175,000 award will awareness raising sessions in schools from Stanhope to Bishop be used to fund a ‘Roaming Recycler’ bus, which will travel through the rural villages of Auckland from the September term. The sessions aim to help young Wear Valley, Derwentside and Teesdale providing education and assistance to people understand the problems associated with litter and dog fouling residents to encourage greater participation in the scheme. and what our responsibilities are. The Pride Campaign Officer will also be available to give talks to groups on the Pride Campaign or issues of On-board computers will give adults the opportunity to access further service dog fouling and litter. For more information or if you would like to stage information online and children will be given the opportunity to take part in recycling a community litter pick, please contact Joanne Morley, Pride games and quizzes. Campaign Officer on (01388) 761 617 with your ideas. The funding award will cover the cost of the bus, all educational and publicity material and additional staffing requirements. The Roaming Recycler project was officially launched in mid-August through a series of events in Bishop Auckland, Crook, Consett, Enforcement Stanley and Barnard You may have noticed in chip shops Castle. and cafes recently posters with the slogan ‘An expensive lunch…£50 for a For more information bag of chips’. These posters have about the project or to been distributed to raise awareness in request a visit from the Wear Valley that if you are caught Roaming Recycler dropping litter by one of the Authority’s vehicle please call: Enforcement Officers you will be Jo Bussey, issued with a £50 fixed penalty. Waste Minimisation & Refusal to pay this could lead to a Recycling Officer at prosecution and a maximum £2500 Wear Valley District fine. Litter can range from cigarette Council on butts to food litter to abandoned bags of rubbish. (01388) 761 617. This law has been implemented as litter and dog fouling are major problems in Wear Valley costing the Authority hundreds of thousands of During August, the Kennel Club pounds a year to clear up. These problems contribute to our towns and worked with the Authority to give away villages being seen in a negative light and make life difficult for many information leaflets and dog waste people. It is hoped enforcement will encourage people to take a more bags promoting responsible dog responsible attitude and consider the impact of their litter actions. ownership – these should still be To report problem areas please call Community Services on available at libraries and community (01388) 761 617. resource centres across Wear Valley. Crackdown on fly-tipping A campaign has been launched to crack Officers, fly-tipping hotspots and incidents down on illegal fly-tipping in Wear Valley. where evidence may have been left behind to try to find out who left the rubbish. I then Unscrupulous traders and householders work on preparing cases for prosecution if have been leaving their rubbish behind that’s appropriate.” sites in the countryside and in urban areas like the one shown in the photograph. He appealed for help from the public, Now in an attempt to combat this criminal saying: “I can only help local communities if behaviour, Wear Valley District Council, in people make me aware of illegal tipping, so partnership with the Environment Agency, I would urge anyone who witnesses fly- Durham County Council and the district and tipping to get in touch with me or contact borough councils of Durham City, your local Enforcement Officer.” Sedgefield, Chester-le-Street and Derwentside, has employed a Fly Tipping Anyone with any information on fly-tipping Investigation Officer to deal with the or who knows of an area affected by illegal problem. tipping should contact Jim at County Hall on (0191) 383 5595 or Wear Valley Former Detective Sergeant Jim Crammon, District Council Community Services who started work in May, said: “My job is to Department on (01388) 761 617. visit, together with Local Enforcement When you have finished reading this newspaper, please dispose of it in your green recycling box Housing Matters A U T U MN 2 00 4 9 Reorganisation of council housing is expected Major changes are about to take place for Wear which would fund Valley District Council’s housing after a massive improvements to consultation exercise among tenants. the houses. Over recent months, the council has been asking Wear Valley Members of the Customer Panel tenants for their views on the re-organisation of the District Council way council housing is managed in the area. asked tenants which option they preferred in a questions they might have to Council Officers, PS consultation undertaken in partnership with PS Consultants and representatives of the Customer The catalyst for the review was the decision by the Consultants, the independent tenant advisor Panel. Government to set a target four years ago to ensure appointed by the Customer Panel. The exercise that all council housing meets a decent standard by The response rate to the newsletter and survey was revealed that there were two options consistently 2010. outstanding, 44%, more than 2000 responses, the favoured by customers, councillors and council staff. Councils were asked to say how much money they highest response rate to such a survey in the North- These were the establishment of an ALMO or the East. would need to spend to meet those standards and large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT) of the council’s improve neighbourhoods. The survey identified that 69.5% of respondents houses to a Housing Association. Options suggested for councils to achieve the would prefer the management of council houses to Although the council could retain control of its be undertaken by an ALMO and 29.5% of standards include: housing, it supports establishing an ALMO or respondents would prefer that the houses be • Councils continue to own and manage their undertaking a LSVT. In order for the Council to transferred to a housing association. houses if they can afford to bring them up to reach a final decision, the consultation period was the decent homes standard. extended and the Northern Housing Consortium was The results of this survey will certainly assist the appointed to help determine the next steps in the council in deciding the preferred option. There will • Councils establish an Arms Length Management be additional consultation with tenants throughout Organisation (ALMO) to manage and improve the decision-making process. the year. houses. In May of this year a newsletter and survey were distributed to all tenants informing them of the If you would like any further information please • Councils transfer their stock to housing contact Richard Roddam, Service Development associations to run. preferred options. Tenants were required to return the survey, nominating their preferred option. Officer, Marie Roe Service Development Manager • Councils develop a Private Finance Initiative, on 01388 765555 or your Independent Tenant working with an external private sector companies An open day was also held in Crook on the 28th Advisor, PS Consultants, on 0800 0852 207. May, and tenants were invited along to pose any Residents Our first Housing Exhibitions given useful Female The Technical Services section within the Housing Services Department at Wear Valley District Council organised two exhibitions for residents to gather advice and information on a Advice at Street new range of kitchens and bathrooms, windows and doors. The exhibitions were held at the Auckland Youth & Community Centre in Bishop Auckland and at the Wolsingham Show in Open Day Warden August and September respectively and were both very well attended. WVDC’s first female Street Warden, Debra Boughey Children could get their faces painted for free while their Debra Boughey has become the first female street warden parents viewed exhibitor stands showing new designs and to join the Wear Valley Street Wardens team. improvements. Debra joined the current five man team in August and will be based at the Woodhouse Close Estate in Bishop Auckland. She brings with her over 12 years experience working in security and hopes to expand her skills and knowledge and eventually help to expand the operation throughout the District. Roger Ward, Street Wardens Scheme Manager explained, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Debra to The Wear Valley District Council the team. I am hoping that a female warden will encourage Street Wardens organised a Multi- residents to be more approachable, especially females of Agency Open Day at the Proudfoot all ages including young people and elderly residents. On Drive Community Centre in Bishop some occasions, people with problems may find it easier to Auckland on 12th August. relate to a woman than a man and I am hopeful that we The open day gave residents the can employ more female wardens in the future.” An exhibitor at the Housing Exhibition at the Auckland Youth & Community Centre opportunity to speak to different agencies, to ask questions and collect Freephone Number for information leaflets and brochures. Some of the agencies offering advice Reporting Repairs Emergency Call Out Repairs included The Police, Fire Services, There is now a FREEPHONE telephone The telephone number for emergency repairs Victim Support, Age Concern, number for reporting all repairs. outside of office hours is: Citizens Advice Bureau and the The FREEPHONE number is Council’s own Benefits team. Due to the success of this event, more open days are to be arranged in 083 are: 0800opening hours0333 The 01388 720 848 Calls will be taken from 5:00pm Monday to Thursday future and more information will be Mon to Thurs 8:30am - 5:00pm and from 4:30pm on a Friday. Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm provided. 10 A U T U M N 20 0 4 Economy Matters X marks the spot Get ready as drilling starts to meet at Eastgate the World Regional development agency One Drilling has started at the Lafarge cement works at Eastgate, marking the first NorthEast has contracted BT to enable all stage in creating a unique development within the district. of the region’s exchanges to provide ADSL Broadband. The drilling began on the 25th August when Foraco SAS, the drilling Broadband will have an enormous effect on how the people and businesses of contractor, began the 1000 metre bore hole into the geothermal hot water at Weardale interact with the world at large. the Eastgate site. On a personal level there will be access to all of the educational and entertainment Drilling is expected to take 6-8 weeks and, if successful, will supply information available from the world wide web. geothermal energy for the renewable energy ‘model’ village to be developed on the site of the Lafarge cement works. For businesses the impact will be dramatic. With more and more business being transacted on-line and more customers looking for suppliers on their computers, a The completed project will website is now seen as a vital part of most company’s promotional strategies. bring together renewable energy sources including Broadband offers a cost effective way of promoting your products, services or biomass, wind power, hydro- attractions to the wider world. This is particularly relevant to those who are involved in electricity, solar energy and of Tourism. course geothermal energy. With the increasing popularity of customers booking their own holidays on-line, it is The village will be linked to a essential that anyone making a living from the tourism sector makes the most of the high-specification mixed-use technology and the opportunities it can provide. development site providing recreation; tourism; housing BT has issued a timetable for the introduction of ADSL to the Region. Within Wear and high technology business Valley this is: developments and in the October 2004 Blanchland process creating over 170 new jobs. Because it is a February 2005 Eastgate, Frosterly, Tow Law and Wearhead unique development within For those communities outside of these areas Wireless and Satellite solutions are the UK, it is anticipated that being developed through DurhamNET the publicly own broadband consortium for the there will be a great deal of County. interest from business and academic sources as well as the tourist trade. With the linking of the Eastgate site to the Weardale Railway there will be opportunities to increase not only the amount of visitors to the district, but Trinity Cables go from also the fortunes of those businesses associated with the business support and tourist trades. strength to strength Businesses are being urged to plan now to take advantage of the potential offered by the development. Weardale takes the initiative The Market Towns Initiative (MTI) has been supporting a series of community-based projects aimed at developing Stanhope as a key service centre for the area. One of the main areas the MTI team have been working on is the promotion and marketing of Weardale to visitors and residents. In an effort to publicise the excellent work being done by local community groups, the MTI team along with the Weardale Community Partnership organised an open day in Stanhope, which drew over 300 visitors. Twelve of the 32 companies, which have been directly supported by the MTI Small Projects Fund, provided music, stalls and workshops, making the day a great success. Members of staff at Trinity Cables in West Auckland The MTI team also acts as Secretariat for the Lafarge Community Fund that was set up by Lafarge Cement UK as a thank you to the people of One of Wear Valley’s newest arrivals continues to go from strength to strength. Weardale. The fund went live on the 1st April and is designed to support local community groups; voluntary groups; charities; trusts and any Trinity Cables, manufacturers of electrical wiring and data cables for the construction organisations which can demonstrate that their project can be accessed by and component industries, have moved to Wear Valley from Liverpool and has settled the community as a whole. in the Aptec Enterprise Park in West Auckland. For further information and an application form contact Jackie Donnelly on Wear Valley Development Agency, along with the District Council and other support (01388) 529 084 or Email email@example.com. To date there agencies, worked with Mr Rathi of Trinity Cables to bring the company to the area and have been more than ten applications for grant assistance. in doing so created more than 30 much needed new jobs. To promote the events being organised across Weardale the MTI team One of the main attractions for Trinity Cables has been the availability of a work force created the Weardale Summer Events Calendar, distributed with the ready to learn new skills and adapt to new working practices. Weardale Gazette. The calendar will be reproduced on a quarterly basis Mr Rathi said “The combination of good skills and the willingness of the local workforce with the next edition covering September to December. to adapt to new processes has made the transition from Liverpool so much easier. At The Market Towns Initiative contributed £10,000 towards renovations and this stage of the project, the number of employees initially envisaged has almost been security improvements to Stanhope’s open-air heated swimming pool, a achieved. With the continued support of the workforce, the local Council and other community-led project that has received national recognition. support agencies we can continue to grow and expand into more international market Congratulations go to the volunteer committee that runs the pool, WOASPA places creating even more local jobs.” (Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool Association), which has just been For information about starting up your own business or assistance with expanding your awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. existing business call the Wear Valley Development Agency on (01388) 776 688. Youth and News Matters A U T U M N 2 0 04 11 The Weardale Railway is finally open Theatre put on a to the public, a wonderful attraction play called, The for the valley, generating jobs and Ramayana, which beautifying the area and is another was performed step toward the Wear Valley we want. over a two week period. The six weeks holidays for children Fifty children, aged and teenagers are upon us and I’m from eight to sure we’re all enjoying ourselves as twenty-two, helped usual, but, what do we do in the put the play together. This a leaflet holidays? Laze around, eat too much shows that there are things going on, sent to each and basically chill out. Do we do but they need to be advertised better house in the District and that way, anything? so that we all get to hear about them. everyone will know about it and there Wear Valley District Council provide What is the best way to get will be no excuses of ‘there’s nothing play schemes which are generally information out to the younger people to do round here’. meant for younger ages, however, of the District? Schools would be the Best wishes, the Schools Out project with Jack best way but there is no school in the six weeks holidays. What I propose is Tom Burton Drum Arts and Jackass Youth An epic tale of love and deceit brought to life Working with 50 young people from the towns and villages of Teesdale and Wear Valley, Jackass Youth Theatre brought their youthful energy to the fore in a spectacular re-telling of the great Hindu epic tale about Prince Rama and his beloved consort, the beautiful Princess Sita. Jackass used music, Bollywood dance, spectacular costumes, puppets, masks and mehindi body art to present an unforgettable and entertaining theatrical experience. It received support from COSIP (via The Forge & Durham LEA), Wear Valley Arts, Derwentside District Council, County Durham Foundation, Parkside Community Association, Wear Valley & Teesdale Rural Transport Partnership and the European Union (via Teesdale District Council's Targeted Wards Regeneration Programme). Working with Jack Drum Arts, Jackass performed the show at Wolsingham School Grounds and Hamsterley Forest. Better services for children and young people in the District The Teesdale and Wear Valley • Making better links with agencies on working in partnership with Children and Young People’s supporting young people young people. Planning Group has been set up to • Working together to tackle The Planning Group will also be make sure everyone with an interest concerns about a vast range of working to develop Children’s in services for children and young issues including transport, Centres to support families with people work together with the same respect for young people, school children aged up to five, and linking aims. Young people have told the meals, toilets, things to do and with existing SureStart programmes group what is important to them, community safety. in Wear Valley and Teesdale. It will and as a result it is: work to improve prevention services Some of the solutions will need • Setting up a Youth Forum to work and reduce the risks that young funding and may take time, but directly with young people as people face, improve opportunities others are about improving systems partners, solving problems and and encourage young people to and services already in place or developing activities and stay in Wear Valley and Teesdale as talking through issues together. information valued members of communities. Young people already make a huge • Securing funding from the positive contribution to life in Wear If you are a young person living in Children’s Fund to help with Valley and Teesdale through Wear Valley and want to get involving young people in volunteering and caring activities, involved, please ring Nic on planning services and the Planning Group values this (01388) 765 555 Ext. 404. contribution. It is committed to keep Data Protection Agency Scam Businesses throughout the UK continue to be troubled by There is no connection between the IC and these bogus data protection notification agencies. Businesses agencies. The IC continues to cooperate with other in Wear Valley are being warned to be extra careful relevant authorities in the investigation of these agencies. following a scam where a small business in Stanhope The annual statutory notification fee is £35.00, on which received a final notice from the Data Protection Agency no VAT is payable. Enforcement Services demanding £150 to register with them. If anyone is unsure as to the validity of any correspondence received or requires further information The Information Commissioner (IC) is the only statutory then please contact the IC helpline on (01625) 545 740. authority for administering and maintaining the public register of Data Controllers and their address is: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. 12 A U T U M N 20 0 4 Your Matters For regular news updates from Wear Valley District Council, visit our website at www.wearvalley.gov.uk WE CAN PRODUCE THIS NEWSPAPER IN OTHER FORMATS, PLEASE CONTACT THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ADVISORY Your Letters OFFICER ON (01388) 761 135 FOR MORE DETAILS. In each issue of Matters, we will print some letters that you send to us. The following are copies of some of those, WE’RE INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT YOUR NEWS!!! which the Council has received or that have been sent We are always searching for stories and would like to hear about your news particularly if you directly to ‘Matters’: live in Weardale. If you would like to contribute, please contact the editor on (01388) 761 958. Space is limited but we will do our best to include as many stories as possible. The editor “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to two of your Street reserves the right to decide what is published in the newspaper. Wardens for there outstanding professional attitude and deep affection they showed to me and my friends when a terrible incident happened at Witton Castle camping site in May. Electoral Information My car was stolen along with my dog and personal items 2005 Register of Electors During the last few weeks you will have received your Form A to complete for including my camp ing equipment when a group of males deceived me by offering to help. In June, I travelled to Bishop Auckland to erect posters to try and the 2005 Register of Electors. Please return this form soon as possible. find my lost dog. On searching around St Helens Estate, two of Returning your completed form will: your Street Wardens found my vehicle on the estate within five minutes where the Police then recovered it. • Save money on postage sending out reminders. • Reduce the cost of sending canvassers to your door to collect those The following day, four arrests were made and I was reunited with forms not returned. my dog. I am eternally thankful to both wardens who really have • Enhance your ability to get credit with banks, building societies and shops a hard job but thank God they do it well. ” • Ensure you will be registered to allow you to vote for any elections in 2005. The Register will be published on 1st December 2004. Miss Catherine Thompson. Whickham, Gateshead. Do not delay – non returned forms cost YOU money. Any queries please contact the Electoral Services Section Have your say... Please send us your comments on Council Terry Richardson (01388) 761 538 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Services or items, which you read in this newspaper. Letters Joanne Harnett (01388) 761 638 e-mail j.harnett@wearvalley. can be sent directly to: Marketing and Communications Manager, Wear Valley District Council, Civic Centre, Crook, Co. Durham. DL15 9ES. Witch Crossword ACROSS or e-mail email@example.com. Alternatively, if you are an internet user, why not post your comments on our message board called ‘Wall of Words’? 7. King Arthur's magician (6) 8. Buddhist temple (6) Wear Valley District Council 10. Small pasta cases containing meat (7) presents the annual 11. Colour associated with witches (5) 12. Lloyd Webber's Halloween musical? (4) 13. Capital of Western Australia (5) 17. Leader of the Argonauts (5) 18. Number of cat's lives (4) 22. Bitterly pungent (5) 23. Convex bone in the leg (7) 24. Film about a friendly ghost (6) 25. Host city of the 2004 Olympic Games (6) DOWN Thursday 4th 1. 'Trick or treat' country (7) 2. Broad neck-ties (7) November 2004 3. Art Garfunkel was his singing partner (5) Bishop Auckland Rugby Club 4. Shakespeare play (West Mills Playing fields, with three witches (7) below Newton Cap Viaduct) 5. And 14 Down. Fireworks which discharge showers 5.30pm Fun Fair & Refreshments of sparks (5, 7) 6. Facial coverings at 7.00pm Lighting of Bonfire Halloween (5) 7.20pm Fireworks & Music Spectacular 9. They're lit on November 5th (9) 14. See 5 Down 15. They fly on broomsticks (7) Admission Free 16 Violent storm (7) For more information telephone 19. And 20 Down. Children wear the hotline on: it at Halloween (5,5) (01388) 761 558 20. See 19 Down 21. 'Ode to Autumn' poet (5) Concessionary Travel Scheme 2004-2005 IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL DURHAM COUNTY HALF FARE TRAVEL PERMIT HOLDERS If you move or have moved since you received your permit please make sure you inform the Concessionary Travel Section of the Council by calling (01388) 765 555 Ext. 228 so your file is kept updated and all future passes are sent to the correct address.