The Parish Council has vacancies. The formal notice of Co-Option Notice is available to read here: Co-option Notice 11-10-23
Information on the process is available at Item 5 of the Policies and Procedures section of this web site.
The annual audit of the Parish Council’s Accounts are available to view at the Annual and Financial Reports section of this web site.
A update from Banks Homes is available to read/download here: West Rainton update letter July 23
There are two vacancies on the Parish Council which will be filled by co-option. If you would like to help your community by becoming a Councillor information on the process is available on this web site at Item 5 of Council Policies, Procedures and Information.
The formal co-option notice is available here. Co-option Notice 13-9-23 The closing date for expressions of interest is 13 September 2023.
At its meeting on 16th February the Parish Council received a presentation from the Banks Group regarding the development for Housing on Station Road.
The presentation is available here: Banks Homes – West Rainton PC Presentation 16.02.23 (1)
They have agreed to keep in touch with us and update as the development progresses.
During discussions Parish Council raised the following queries:
1 – On-street parking on Station Road is currently an issue. Is there an opportunity for widening/additional parking on Station Road as part of the scheme? (parking currently overspills onto verges). This is part of the highway verge and not owned by Banks but they agreed to investigate with the County Council.
2 – In respect of the western most highway access parish councillors asked can it be flared to make manoeuvring in and out easier in view of the issue regarding on street parking opposite.
3 – Banks agreed to ask the directors of Woodside Homes to come and speak to the Parish separately regarding the Commercial/Community Hub which is not part of the Banks development area and answer questions regarding viability and approved uses etc
4 – Banks confirmed they would stone up the entrance and the public footpath in part to make good. Councillor Kellet expressed concern over 50mm aggregate and said it would be difficult to walk over and thought smaller stones would be better. Banks agreed to pass this on to their project team.
Any questions about the Project can be sent to:
Further information about Banks Group can be found on their website: www.banksgroup.co.uk
Further information concerning this issue will be posted here as and when it is available.
If you have an opinion about this proposal please upload it to DCC as soon as possible.
Letter from Mary Foy MP to various residents included here for wider distribution. It lists actions which residents can take concerning this application. Mary Kelly Foy MP Leamside residents letter
Planning amendment to the proposed Football Centre at Pit House Lane link: https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QRUNFZGDFJ600
The full letter from Planning: ufm170_Amendments_14
amendment to planning application: ufm37_Amendments_14
The Parish Council objections to proposal: Leamside Football Centre – Final Response
We had a successful evening at the Beautiful Durham Awards. We were the winner in the Best Large Village category and also received a highly commended award for the Best Floral Containers. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Memorial Mulberry Tree
A mulberry memorial tree has recently been installed in the cemetery and is a special way to commemorate loved ones in the village who have been cremated or buried elsewhere.
The mulberry tree is a tranquil place to reflect and remember.
The tree has a hand carved granite trunk and the branches are made from weathered steel which quickly adopts an orange/brown anti-corrosion “Rust“ finish similar to the Angel of the North, and requires no maintenance. All the fixings are high quality stainless steel and anti-vandal.
The tree can accommodate 240 handmade green granite leaves from its branches, which can be inscribed with silver lettering and one of 10 colour motifs as in the example below.
The fee for this new service is £167 (subject to annual review) and covers a 20 year lease and all inscription lettering charges and motif, if required. On expiry of the lease, the inscribed leaf can either be removed from the tree and returned to purchaser or the lease can be renewed for another 20 years, at a reduced fee of 50% of the fee in operation at the time of renewal.
If you would like to have a leaf inscribed you will need to complete an application form which can be found here. Mulberry Leaf Application Form- V4 1-4-23 -1
We can also provide the application form by email or by post upon request.
Please contact the Parish Clerk :
Tel: 07368964142 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Post: West Rainton & Leamside Parish Council c/o 62 Trevelyan Place Peterlee SR8 2NL
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