Parking Restrictions around Academy

April 23rd, 2014 by Owen Temple

A number of “No Waiting at Any Time” restrictions are proposed for the area around the new Academy and Leisure Centre which I show below.

I am asked to provide comments by May 9th and will be pleased to receive any from readers. Many of them simply look like common sense but there are a few areas where they will create real inconvenience for residents.

The quality of these illustrations may be inadequate for your needs – if so please just email me and I’ll return a better PDF copy to you.

Villa Real Road:

Double Yellows Villa Real

Medomsley Road:

Double Yellows Medomsley Road


Double Yellows Ashdale

Spectacles found

April 22nd, 2014 by Owen Temple

Barr Hills – Beverley Terrace area. Contact Consett Police Station if yours.

Neighbourhood Wardens’ report – March 2014

April 21st, 2014 by Owen Temple

This report details tasks and actions dealt  with by Neighbourhood Wardens in the Consett Area during March 2014.


Dog fouling

Wardens have investigated 13 reports of dog fouling. They have also removed 32 stray dogs.


Wardens have not investigated any reports of littering and issued 9 fixed penalty notices for littering this month.


84 incidents of fly-tipping were reported this month. Wardens carried out 22 investigations into these incidents in order to find any evidence to link the fly-tipping to those who dumped it.

Untidy yards and gardens

Wardens have issued 22 advisory letters and 5 litter clearing notices to properties with untidy gardens or yards this month.

1 fixed penalty notice has been issued to a resident who has failed to respond to requests to clear their yard or garden.

Neighbouhood 3-2014

Front Street road closure

April 10th, 2014 by Owen Temple

This closure is to enable sewer diversion works, which will probably take some 6 weeks  to complete to be carried out to that length of road.

Easter Bin Collections

April 10th, 2014 by Owen Temple

There will be no changes to refuse and recycling collections over Easter.

Collections will take place as normal during the Easter holidays, including on Good Friday (18 April).

People are advised to put their bins out for collection by 7am as usual on their normal collection day.

Guess where I was today

April 10th, 2014 by Owen Temple

I was at a party. The party of IN.

Award Challenge includes Derwentside Homes

March 31st, 2014 by Owen Temple

A project which helps more people get online has been shortlisted for a North East award.

The Time to Get Online programme will compete for an I Made a Difference Award which celebrates people and groups who help with basic online skills.

The competition is organised by the charity Go On UK and will be judged by, amongst others, DJ and North East broadcaster Lauren Laverne.

The Time to Get Online programme is a partnership between Dale & Valley Homes, Derwentside Homes, Durham City Homes, East Durham Homes and Teesdale Housing Association with Durham County Council.

The programme, which has seen a series of workshops take place across the county, helps to raise awareness of the benefits of getting online and increasing digital skills and has so-far proved very popular.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 2. 

New Bingo Hall in Consett?

March 28th, 2014 by Owen Temple
1 Comment

A planning application has gone in for a change of use of 17 Middle Street (formerly Meridien and then Bradley’s Coffee Shop) to use as a Bingo Hall. Is this the first sign of results from the recent budget cut in Bingo tax (he asked, tongue in cheek)?

The planning application will shortly be viewable on the county planning portal under reference DM/14/00532/FPA .

Consett Access Point temporary closure – April 2nd

March 28th, 2014 by Owen Temple

Durham County Council’s Customer Access Point (CAP) on Front Street, Consett will be closed on Wednesday April 2 for essential maintenance work. The work is being carried out by Northern Powergrid.

Urgent enquiries can be directed to Customer Services on 03000 260 000 or alternatively customers can visit the CAP, Front Street, Stanley

Lights Out

March 18th, 2014 by Owen Temple

There are proposals to remove most of the street lights between Puddler’s Corner and the Grove as part of the county’s Street Lighting Energy Reduction project.

It’s part of a wider scheme which would see street lights removed at five sites in the district. The others are at Shaw Lane, Daisy Hill, Broomhill and Pont Lane.

None of these areas are actually in Consett North electoral division, but at the risk of holding opinions outside my area, I am concerned about the proposal from Puddlers Corner to the Grove as this is a very well used route for pedestrians, particularly those using Consett’s shops, the nightime economy and above all schoolchildren at the Academy for whom the road is on the “walk to school route”.

I will be making that representation and am interested in the views of others. Just email me, or ask if you’d like to have maps of the actual proposals.


Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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300 Medomsley Road
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Owen Temple, who has been Consett North's Lib Dem Councillor since 2007, and Margaret Nealis are committed to working for local people in Consett, to make sure that their voice is heard at County Hall. As the county council takes a more and more centralised and "one-size-fits-all" approach, it is more important than ever for Consett to have campaigners who will stand up for this town.


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