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 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    
to be represented by just one council?
                                                           appear to be designed as a consultation mechanism.
The seven district councils in Durham believe it is.                                                          
                                                           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
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                                                        
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
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                          e-mail:

                                                                   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
                                                                   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
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

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.
                                                          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 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.       Leader of the   Deputy Leader of           Chair of         Deputy Chair of
                                                                         Council         the Council            the Council         the Council

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              001 809 3700589                                  01388 765 254                    01388 537 710                     01388 747 039

          L   Margaret                                    L    Edward                      L    Graeme                        L   Alan
              Jones                                            Murphy                           McKellar                          Sinclair

              01388 601 982                                    01388 767 501                    01388 528 160                     01388 745 147

         LD   Alan                                       LD    Dorothy                      I   Richard                       L   Alan
              Anderson                                         Burn                             Mews                              Townsend

              01388 662 070                                    01388 772 079                    01388 529 090                     01388 746 479

         LD   Neil                                       LD    Chris                       L    Jeffrey                       L   Isabel
              Harrison                                         Foote Wood                       Gale                              Bousfield

              01388 609 339                                    01388 605 181                    01388 731 033                     01388 763 925

          L   Barbara                                    LD    Derek                        I   Ron                           L   John
              Laurie                                           Jago                             Grogan                            Moody

              01388 603 165                                    01388 458 358                    01388 731 969                     01388 764 554

          L   Jill                                       LD    Vince                       L    Colin                         I   Vere
              Hilditch                                         Perkins                          Hayton                            Shuttleworth

              01388 811 005                                    01388 606 482                    01388 731 136                     01388 527 238

          L   Neil                                        L    Alexander                   L    Margaret                      I   Desmond
              Stonehouse                                       Clements                         Douthwaite                        Wilson

              01388 602 034                                    01388 605 410                    01388 602 671                     01388 527 337

         LD   Thomas                                     LD    Florence                    LD   John                          L   June
              Taylor                                           Todd                             Ferguson                          Lee

              01388 607 595                                    01388 663 565                    01388 832 019                     01388 663 095
          L   Wilf                                        L    David                       L    Peter                         L   David
              Dobinson                                         Quinn                            Harker                            Wilson

              01388 764 358                                    01388 766 552                    01388 832 406                     01388 607 378
          L   Olive                                       L    David                       L    David                         L   Charlie
              Brown                                            Nevins                           Kingston                          Kay

              01388 765 555                                    01388 764 015                    01388 745 895                     01388 450 176
                                                      Community Safety Matters                                                                       AUT UMN 2 00 4            7

Community Safety                                                                                                                             Tackling
Audit Findings                                                                                                                             Anti-Social
The partnership is presently undertaking our three year crime and disorder audit. 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
                                                                                                   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.
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,
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:

      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,
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
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
                                                                                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
                                                                                                               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
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 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
 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,
                                          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
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  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.

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 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)

                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                         (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.