Minutes of Meetings
Contact Information for Greenways Residents Association
Links for Greenways Residents Association
Community Garden Open
On Friday 10th July, the residents association joined with the whole school and family community at Ox Close to celebrate the opening of the Community Garden. The project, which was the brain child of the children aimed to develop previously underused land, to create a high quality learning resource that the school and whole community could use.
Following public consultation, which resulted in numerous letters of support from both local residents and a variety of community groups and associations £57,548.00 was obtained from Sedgefield Borough Council’s Local Improvement Programme. This enabled us to complete phase one of our master plan, which included the development of a community growing area and wildlife garden.
Work to create our new community garden started in October 2008 and a big thank you should go to the main contractor, HELLENS, who prior to the work starting, agreed to talk to the children about the importance of playing in safe places and keeping away from building sites.
Our application for additional funding to support the project from Spennymoor Town Council was also successful and we have already used some of their £1,461.00 grant to work in partnership with Spennymoor Comprehensive School to create insect habitats, bird and bat boxes for the garden.
Mrs. Herron, the school cook, kindly agreed to prepare ‘grab a bag’ picnic lunches, as required! The band from Tudhoe Grange School came along to play on the school field. Following the picnic, a short opening ceremony to celebrate the creation of the Garden and the new Community Group Room at Ox Close Nursery, was held.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event!
A meeting will be organised with Groundworks, who have funding to work with the community to develop a growing scheme for the garden. We would like to hear from anyone who could help, has an interest in gardening and the environment so we can get the next phase of this exciting project off to a flying start.
Mrs. Forbes, Headteacher 01388 814860 / Andrew Lamb, Greenways Residents Association 07710 906786
Greenways General Meeting
The next general meeting of the residents association will take place on Thursday, 10th September at Ox Close Primary school at 7.00 pm.
The residents association has been involved in a number of issues, including Whitworth Park, Street lighting, Footpaths and The Community Garden; if you want an up date on these issues then please come along to the meeting. It’s even more important, with the number of new housing developments planned for the town that we ensure that our estate gets money spent on improvements to its infrastructure.
We will have a report from the police as well as a discussion on getting our community more involved in the community garden. We would like to arrange a date for Spennymoor’s Big Tidy Up – come along for more information.
If you have any ideas or issues that you feel the residents association should get involved with, then please come along to the meeting.
Spennymoor Area Action Partnership
The board of the Spennymoor AAP has been announced and is made up of 7 public representatives, 7 elected members and 7 representatives from partner organisations.
The partnership will give people more say on the quality of life within their communities and will be supported by an area co-ordination team responsible for encouraging community participation, facilitating local action and ensuring that the needs of the local community are effectively expressed to the extent that they influence public service provision.
The creation of Area Action Partnerships was seen as a key feature of the proposal for the new single unitary council.
One of the key annual jobs of each Partnership will be to identify up to five local priorities where it feels it can have the greatest positive impact and to develop action plans setting out how they are to be addressed.
Twice a year, the Area Forum will meet where ‘all comers’ will be able to debate important issues, including what the local priorities should be and to review the Partnership’s progress over the previous 12 months.
Your AAP Board is:
Cllr. Barbara Graham
Cllr. Neil Foster
Cllr. Mac Williams
Cllr. Kevin Thompson
Cllr. Ben Ord
Cllr. Jim Smith
Cllr. Joe Anderson
Insp. Bill Benthom (Police)
John Robson (Fire)
Vicky Waterson (NHS)
Laura Agar-Wilson (Cavos)
Alan Smith (Housing)
Debra Swinburn (Business)
Jenny Howarth (DCC)
The board recently confirmed Mrs. Agnes Armstrong as its first Chair, and will concentrate on the two main priorities identified by the public at the launch event earlier this year.
Provision for Young people / Teenagers
Town Centre Regeneration
If you want to find out more about the AAP’s and how you can be involved and have a real say, contact;
Michael Wilkes, Spennymoor Area Action Partnership Co-ordinator on 01388 816166
Local People, Local Priorities – Get involved!
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