Shaping the future village life

Durham County Councillors Alan Cox (left) and Rob Crute (right) with founder members of Station Town Neighbourhood Group.
Durham County Councillors Alan Cox (left) and Rob Crute (right) with founder members of Station Town Neighbourhood Group.

A NEW residents’ group has been formed to help shape the future of a community.

The Station Town Neighbourhood Group hopes to set out the future direction of the east Durham village.

The group has already elected its first officials and is adopting a draft constitution that will guide the new committee in its aims for improving the lives of local people.

It has replaced the Station Town Community Association, which was based in Station Town Community Centre, which closed earlier this year due to under-use and the high cost of repairs needed to bring it up to a safe and usable standard.

Councillors Rob Crute and Alan Cox, who represent the village on Durham County Council, have been heavily involved in setting up the group.

The group, which is based at the Milbank Methodist Chapel, in Milbank Terrace, is holding an open day on Saturday, October 8, from 10am until noon.

The purpose of the event is to attract members of the public and help identify their priorities for improvements for the village.

A meeting will also be held tomorrow at 6pm at the chapel for everyone with an interest in the current condition and future of Station Town to attend.

Coun Crute said: “The Station Town Community Association, as it then was, wound up at the same time as the community centre so it was decided, through the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP), to consult the community to see if they wished to continue with a community group or put the whole thing to bed.

“Myself and a few ex-association members did a leaflet drop in the village to call a meeting in July to make this decision.

“This initial meeting was well-attended and the decision was made to continue with a new community group – which would become the Station Town Neighbourhood Group.

“We are still at the early stages of formation with a nucleus of residents organising potential future events in which to involve more members of the public in the group.”

The chairman of the new group is John Lyons, vice chairman is Kathleen Bryson and the treasurer is Janet Lyons.

The open day will feature face-painting, a buffet and the East Durham Play Rangers will be on hand to provide fun activities for youngsters. A number of organisations including the East Durham AAP, street wardens and police community support officers will also be there.

A Facebook group called Station Town Neighbourhood Group has been set up so people can find out more.

Anyone wanting further information about the new group or open day can call Coun Crute on (0191) 3725821 or email: rob.crute@durham.gov.uk