The town council’s application to register Bede Kirk as a village green was approved this morning at a meeting of Durham County Council’s Highways Committee. Many thanks to all those local residents who have worked so hard to support this application.
Saturday 30 March 10am to 12noon
The town council is again supporting Littfree Durham’s Big Spring Clean
We welcome anyone wanting to volunteer to help with a two-hour litterpick around Barnard Castle.
Meet at the entrance to Scar Top at 10am. Please wear suitably stout clothes and footwear. Litter Picking tools will be provided.
Next Friday, 16 March, Durham County Council’s Highways Committee will decide whether to register Bede Kirk as a village green, in response to the Town Council’s application lodged in July 2017.
County officers are recommending that the application is refused because “there isn’t evidence that the users are significant in number or that there has been continuous use of the land for at least 20 years immediately preceding the date of the application” – so the period from July 1997 to July 2017.
Barnard Castle Town Council is calling on anyone with evidence of Bede Kirk being used by the public for leisure over the twenty years from July 1997 to share it. That could be photos or videos, personal testimony or any record of activity taking place. We’re looking for examples of children and families playing, pic-nicking, dog walking, ball games and Frisbee throwing, radio controlled car racing or impromptu performances.
Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Moorhouse is asking anyone who can help to come forward. “If you have photos or memories to share, please add them to the post on our Facebook page facebook.com/BarneyCouncil or bring them to the office at Woodleigh in person. We know local people want to save the Bede Kirk green, but without more evidence that lots of people have used it for the last twenty years, Durham will refuse the application and the land will be built on.”
You can read the background, including the report for next week’s meeting here: https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=311&MId=9335&Ver=4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.