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Council Meeting 13th June 2017

By David Sugden Wolsingham Parish Council

Monday, 19 June 2017


Chair, Wolsingham Parish Council


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Parish Council Notes 13th June 2017


WE received a report from PCSO Tim Gilks, detailing several minor matters, following the usual pattern of a low crime area. Police will continue the speed awareness campaign over the summer months and will assess Lydgate Lane for further traffic issues.


We received advice from DCC Highways authority about possible traffic calming in Lydgate Lane; it was agreed to ask a Highways representative to come and discuss options at the next meeting.


Thornley Ward representation; there is still no nomination despite our efforts. A further opportunity will be offered but if no nomination is made then we may have to co-opt someone to represent Thornley.


Footpaths; the diversion of footpath 32 has now been ended and the path is re-opened. Footpath 98 is still being ‘reassessed’. A request for further development of the footpath in Leazes Lane was submitted by DCC Highways in February but we await a decision.


Pole Tree Farm Planning issues; we agreed to seek further clarification about the current status of this matter from the planning authority as current permissions appear to have expired.


Town Hall; having experienced the effects of the new double glazing, we were satisfied that air conditioning would still be helpful for cooling in the summer and for warming in the winter. We agreed to use existing quotations and chose a contractor to begin the work, subject to any planning requirements on the location of the heat-exchanger. We also discovered that, whilst fire-extinguishers have been checked annually, a full fire risk-assessment has not been conducted. We agreed to arrange this as a matter of urgency.


Market Place; parking issues have been explored with all residents and individuals involved. As a result of discussions, we believe that the matter can now be resolved appropriately. Anyone needing long term parking in the Market Place area should use Demesne Mill free parking. We agreed the use of the Market Place by Cornerstones and Women’s Refuge charities.


Demesne Mill; some issues with the new fencing were raised and the access gate will be adjusted to allow mobility scooter access.


Social Media; we agreed again not to create a Facebook presence because of the hazards it can create by inappropriate comments or uses. Councillors should make clear in their own postings that their comments are personal, unless they are matters agreed by council. We will seek to update the website and make it more user-friendly.


We appreciate the value of flowers and careful maintenance in keeping Wolsingham an attractive village for us all, and thank those residents whose personal efforts contribute to that appearance.


David Sugden


Contact Information

Gordon Dobson

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Town Hall, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL13 3AF