From 18 January 2018, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. If you keep poultry or birds, you must follow DEFRA’s detailed requirements on strict biosecurity, whether you have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.
Durham County Council will be collecting real Christmas trees from a central point in the pay-and-display car park adjacent to Morrisons between Tuesday 9 January and Friday 12 January.
The county council will collect trees, left centrally in the car park, around 3pm each day as the collection vehicle passes through Barnard Castle.
This is in addition to the same arrangements for collections of Christmas trees as last year for the residents of Teesdale.
Real Christmas tree collections
If, instead of leaving your tree in the car park, you would like a real Christmas tree collected free of charge, from your address, either book online at www.durham.gov.uk or call 03000 261 000 between the dates of 18 December and the 7 January.
DCC ask residents to ensure trees are put out for collection from Tuesday 9 January as the crew is collecting across Teesdale for the whole week
Alternatively, take your real Christmas tree to a household waste recycling centre (all centres are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Visit www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc for locations and opening hours.
With the help of the Teesdale Mercury we have once again decided to run a competition to design a Christmas Card for the Town Mayor to send on behalf on the Town
Theme: ‘What I love about Barney’
Deadline for Entry: Wednesday 15 November 2017
How to Enter – Completed entries to be submitted to
Barnard Castle Town Council
Woodleigh, Flatts Road
DL12 8AA Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 pm
Contact: Tel: 01833 690970 or
Electronic files should be submitted as a Jpeg at least 1600 x 1200 (2MPix). Entries can be submitted electronically to email@example.com or
- In any format capable of being scanned and reproduced on white card;
- Orientation – portrait or landscape
The image on the finished cards will be reproduced at A5 size and may be cropped.
Judging: – Submitted entries will be shortlisted by the Town Mayor and Mayoress/Consort.
Prize/Presentation – The two winning designs will be printed, each with the winner’s name and will be used as the Town Mayor’s official Christmas card for 2017.
Each winner will be presented by the Town Mayor with a framed entry of their own design at the Town Council’s Christmas Tree Lighting Event on 1 December 2017, along with a pack of 20 cards for their own personal use.
Proposals to improve road safety on the A67 through County Durham are to go on show to the public.
Durham County Council (DCC) is proposing a series of measures on the road between Bowes and Barnard Castle – including the town centre, with members of the public being invited to view the plans at two events in the coming weeks.
The county council is proposing to introduce a series of measures along the rural section of the A67 including enhanced road markings and signs.
On the approach to Barnard Castle, new prominent speed limit signs, road markings, traffic islands and landscaping are being suggested to let drivers know they are moving from a national speed limit to a 40mph, and then 30mph, limit.
In the town centre, a 20mph speed limit is proposed to be rolled out along with new and upgraded pedestrian islands, together with traffic lights at the Harmire Road junction.
The work is subject to the success of a bid we have submitted for money through the Department for Transport’s £175m Safer Roads Fund.
The department sought bids from local authorities which have been assessed as having one of the country’s 50 highest risk sections of road.
DCC applied for £528,000 for the stretch of the A67 and is hoping to find out if its bid has been successful early in the New Year.
Plans showing the proposed measures will be available to view at drop-in sessions on Wednesday 18 October and Monday 23 October.
These will take place in the Dawson Room at Barnard Castle Town Council Offices on Flatts Road each day from 12pm to 6pm.
DCC staff will be on hand to talk through the proposals.
Adrian White, Durham County Council’s head of transport and contract services, said: “We take road safety extremely seriously and the three serious accident casualties which were recorded on this stretch of the A67 is three too many.
“That is why we have drawn up these proposals which we believe would greatly improve safety on this section of road.
“We are looking forward to sharing our plans with local residents in the coming weeks and to finding out whether our bid to the Safer Roads Fund has been successful.”
A north east charity celebrated 10 years of supporting families and children of prisoners at HMYOI Deerbolt near Barnard Castle on Sunday 1 October 2017.
Nepacs has worked across the north east for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families and provides a range of support services to prisoners and their families in all seven prisons in the region. The visitors’ centre at Deerbolt, run by Nepacs, was opened in October 2007 by Anne Owers, who was the HM Inspector of Prisons at the time. The centre was built thanks to funding raised by Nepacs.
Nepacs CEO Helen Attewell and The Town Mayor of Barnard Castle Cllr Sandra Moorhouse cutting the birthday cake at HMYOI Deerbolt’s visitors centre
The anniversary was celebrated with a birthday cake and activities for the children visiting the centre. Joining in the celebrations were staff from the prison and the The Town Mayor of Barnard Castle Cllr Sandra Moorhouse.
Visitors’ centre team leader, Linda Fenwick, said: “The centre has undergone many changes over the years since it opened, including a conservatory which opened in 2011 as a dedicated play area.
“We continue to strive to make the difficult experience of visiting a prison as easy and painless as possible. Our staff and volunteers take pride in going the extra mile to offer help and support.
“If anyone would like to join our friendly team and work at the centre, or in the visits hall providing play activities for children, we would be very pleased to hear from potential volunteers. We can make a real difference in keeping families together and improving the chances of resettlement for the young men on their release.”
Helen Attewell, chief executive of Nepacs, added: “As a mother of two sons who are the same age as Deerbolt residents, I often think about how difficult it must be for the parents who visit prison. Our staff and volunteers provide vital reassurance and a listening ear – and I now can’t imagine what is must have been like before Nepacs provided this service. I want to appeal to those who live in the local area who have some time and life experience to give to help sustain our work by volunteering for Nepacs.
Barnard Castle Town Council will be staging a one-day drop-in consultation day to better understand local opinion of the services offered through the town’s Richardson Hospital and to gather evidence of individual experience of accessing and using the services there.
In July, representatives of the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group and the Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust appeared at a Special Council Meeting and were questioned by members of the town, council, Friends of The Richardson Hospital and others about the reduction in bed numbers there and the NHS’s plans for the hospital. They revealed that the future of the Richardson Hospital is being reviewed alongside other community hospitals in County Durham and Darlington. As a result of that meeting, representatives from the town council and the Friends will take part in a ‘Reference Group’ which is being drawn together as part of the review.
Both organisations feel that they need to represent the town’s views and are inviting local people to drop in to the Dawson Room, Woodleigh, on Scar Top between 11:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday 7 October, to share their personal experience, to build up evidence to take into the review.
We would love to hear your experiences of using the Richardson, or not being able to use the Richardson if you have been discharged ‘into the community’ from Darlington, or elsewhere in Durham, or beyond. Were you advised that there are intermediate beds in Barnard Castle, do you know about the range of clinics that are currently delivered from there and have you been able to use any of these?
The town council, the Friends of The Richardson Hospital and others representing Barnard Castle on the reference group want to collate broad, anonymised information about people’s knowledge of the services available and their experience of using these.
We won’t be collecting personal information about individuals or their medical conditions. We just want to build a picture of how well understood the services at the Richardson are, how easy they are to get to and what else people think should be based there, to best serve the needs of Barnard Castle and, more widely, all of Teesdale.
Anyone who wants to help to build evidence for the review can drop in to Woodleigh at any time between 11:00 and 3:00, next Saturday.
The town council has made an application to register the green space at Bede Kirk as a village green. A copy of the consultation notice is here. The consultation lasts until 10 November 2017.
Barnard Castle Town Council will be staging a two-day consultation event around an exhibition of ideas for improving the management of cars driving onto the Demesnes from Thorngate via Gray Lane.
The Town Council will host an open day to explain this option on Saturday 23 September in the Dawson Room, Woodleigh, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. There will be a display of the option which has emerged from this project and an opportunity to discuss this with members of the town council and to leave comments and feedback.
The weekend open day will be followed by a second drop-in session on the evening of Monday 25 September, when the Dawson Room will be open from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, which will be attended by representatives of the town council and the police.
The Demesnes is one of a number of areas in the town in which the town council is working to take over day-to-day management from the county council. This scheme has been awarded central government funding, some of which may be applied to funding a suitable and affordable solution for the Demesnes.
You can read more details here.
To commemorate Merchant Navy Day the Town Council will host a simple flag hoisting ceremony on Monday 03 September 2018. The ceremony will commence at 11:00 a.m. in the Galgate Memorial Garden. In preparation, the town council would like to encourage any Merchant Navy veterans, Sea Cadets or serving personnel to attend. Refreshments will be provided following the service. Please contact 01833 690970 if you would like to participate.