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30/12/08 Travellers Under Fire For Damage
VILLAGERS are furious after hundreds of travellers descended on their green for an unofficial trap race. The gathering, in West Auckland, County Durham, highlighted the tensions between travellers and communities across the region. Council officers and police voiced their concern last night after about 200 members of the travelling community held trap races and left the village green a muddy mess.
Residents did not know the event was due to take place on Sunday, and say that horses and traps were racing along the A68 through the village, turning in the middle of the road, and holding up traffic. Some travellers parked on footpaths, blocking pavements and access to people’s garages, and 4x4s churned up wet grass, leaving deep, muddy tyre tracks on the green.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said it was the worst travellers’ gathering
to take place in the village. He said: “This is the fourth one this year, and we
don’t usually mind, but the damage they have caused this time is awful.” West Auckland
Parish Council chairwoman, Councillor Hazel Charlton, said: “This is disrespectful
of people’s property, and it is going to cost a fortune to put the area back to normal.
“We really need to ensure this never happens again.” Durham county councillor Andy
Turner fears that some parts of the green may need to be re-
“The police are prosecuting West Auckland residents for parking on footpaths for a few minutes while they go into shops, but the travellers were parking all over the place and were not being given tickets,
he said. Residents were also upset about the amount of litter which had been left behind and had to be cleared by the district council yesterday morning, plus horse droppings. Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Peace said police received some reports of racing on the road, but officers did not witness any races when they attended the event He said: “There were a lot of people around, and the large volume of vehicles caused some obstruction in the village. “We will be contacting the traveller liaison officer to find an alternative site, because this one is not appropriate.” Gipsy and traveller representative Billy Welch said the event was a traditional part of the travelling community’s Christmas celebrations, when people meet up to show off their new horses. He said: “Sometimes people tend to exaggerate things and make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to travellers.
“We have had this before. People ring the police when we have not broken any laws, it is just a problem we have got. “There should not have been any mess, and the area should have been left the way it was found.”
Source Northern Echo http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4008755.Travellers_under_fire_for_damage/
26/09/08 : A Stroll around West
Well I had a little walk around west today, to get some fresh air in the sun (yeah the sun couldn't quite remember what the sun was), but along the way I thought I would take one or pics on the way. The First as you can see is the recently improved, paving and cobbled area outside West Auckland WMC, the next pic was of the new estate by Primo (formally Brosely Homes) near the football club, the estate is making good progress, whilst on about estates, the housing company on the colliery yard seem to only have a small area left in order to complete the whole estate. There has been some work on the Oakley Beck down on Oakley Green, A new foot bridge added as well as some dredging, last time it was done I am sure it must have been between 22 and 30 years ago, I must have been between 10 and 15, I definitely remember the little beck flooding over the road, and we had to use sand bags outside our home (75 Oakley) I must have been at least 8 years old, does anyone else know when it was dredged last ?. I thought I would also add a small panoramic pic of the village green.
29/08/08 BBC comes To West Auckland
Planned celebration of the Centenary of the first victory of the World cup has sparked the attention of the BBC. The one show should be in West Auckland on Saturday filming local people regarding the cup, they will also be filming the FA Cup Tie in the West Auckland's Football Ground at 3pm. The show is due to be screened next November or February.
24/07/2008 Development Plans on Show
STADIUM PLANS: Plans are on show for a shopping and retail park at Tindale Crescent, Bishop Auckland, where developers Terrace Hill want to build a new stadium for Bishop Auckland Football Club, a Sainsbury’s superstore, a cinema and bowling alley. People from the company will be at Bishop Auckland Town Hall from 1 to 5pm 24th July, 10am to 5pm 25th July and 10am to 1pm on Saturday 26th July.
Terrace Hill is proposing a major mixed use development on the former Warner Electrics site, and surrounding land, at Tindale Crescent, in Bishop Auckland. The proposals include:
A new six-
A bingo hall and tenpin bowling alley
Two food and drink outlets, including a drive-
A new (5574 sqm net) Sainsbury's food store and associated car parking
In addition, as part of the wider regeneration of the site, a new stadium would be developed to provide a permanent new home for Bishop Auckland Football Club. By providing a new access road, and undertaking remediation of the site, Terrace Hill will also help to facilitate the development of new industrial units on land to the west of the new football stadium.
The development will provide an exciting range of leisure and entertainment facilities
not currently available to residents of Bishop Auckland. These would include a new
19/07/08 West Auckland Carnival
West Auckland Carnival This year was officially opened by Pc Andy Hucker, the Carnival queen and entourage, made a loop around the green, before disembarking,. The fancy dress Judging took place, followed by the football finals in the main arena. There were demonstrations by the Gymnastics at Oakley Cross School, and Flyball Dogs also in the main arena . Sure start made presence with face painting. There was a impressive amount of amusements this year which I am sure took a few quid out of parents pockets, but it was still great to see them there. Weather was great for two hours until the heavens opened about 3 o'clock, just when the flyball dogs made their appearance.
02/10/07 A PLAN to save an old mill by converting it into shops and homes has been welcomed.
Challener Developments has been given planning permission to revamp the Old Mill,
in Station Road, West Auckland, into three ground-
Wear Valley's development control committee welcomed the conversion after hearing that the building had become an eyesore. Councillor Barbara Laurie said: "This is an extraordinarily ugly building, but it is a historic building which needs to be preserved. The plans make it look as good as it could be." Councillor John Lethbridge said: "It is ugly and it is an eyesore. The proposals will certainly enhance the scene." West Auckland councillor Colin Mairs said: "This will improve the whole area. It is exactly in keeping." David Townsend, the council's head of development and building control said grants may be available towards the cost of the conversion. He said: "Investment in this building should be wholeheartedly welcomed as this is a key building in the Wear Auckland Conservation Area.
"The application site is in dire need of investment. The building itself is considered to be of considerable historic interest and is important due to its physical prominence and its cultural heritage value."
22/07/07 West Auckland Carnival Returns
West Auckland Carnival returned yesterday after a 4 year absence. The fair was officially declared open by lollypop lady and lollypop man Joan and Ronnie Howard, who between them have 37 years service helping children across the road
During the day the crowds watched displays by the Oakley Cross Taekwando team, Line dancing displays and the football finals. Around the arena were various stalls including free face painting provided by Surestart. Towards the top of the green were fairground rides, flying chairs, inflatable slide, merry go round, trampolines and spinning cups.
The St Helens fair took place on Saturday 30th June, and was well attended despite the weather. Attractions for the day was dancers, children's performers, bouncy castles, slides, merry go rounds, face painting
29/06/07 New Bypass Opened By County Councillor Sonny Douthwaite
The Opening of the long waited bypass was conducted by County Councillor Sonny Douthwaite
and 6 children, 2 from each of our local schools -
27/06/07 West Auckland Carnival
The Carnival is back with a vengeance after a 4 year absence. It will take place
on Saturday 21st July from 1pm -
The event is being coordinated by the West Auckland Community Partnership and is being supported by the Parish Council. It will follow the pattern established in previous years. Any profits from the event will go towards village community projects, after a sum has been set aside for establishing the Carnival as an annual event. The process for bidding for funds will be set out in the September edition of West Life.
Carnival Queen Parade, Jazz Band. Fancy Dress Competition, Dancing Displays, Children's sports Demonstrations
Quoits, Football Finals, Fairground Roundabouts, Hot Food, Ice Cream, World Cup Display, Stalls
There is a whole range of events and competitions for villagers to enter and enjoy. So why not join in and be a part of the fun?
Carnival Queen Disco
The West Auckland Workingmen's Club has kindly agreed to host the Carnival Queen
Disco again this year. It will be held on 16" July from 6.30 -
Fancy dress competition
The theme of this year's fancy dress competition will be 'Scarecrows'. All entrants will accompany the Carnival Queen at the opening parade. As always, prizes will be presented for the most original costumes.
Football, quoits and tug of war teams
We plan to hold: Five a side football competitions for adults and children Quoits competition
Tug of war competition.
Entry forms will be available from The Village Centre, village shops, pubs. and other village community groups. Subject to entries, knockout matches may need to be played prior to the Carnival with the finals on the day.
The theme will be 'West is best!' This can include places, people. events, anything in fact that celebrates life in the village. Winning photos may be used as Christmas cards or in a Christmas calendar if content is suitable. The best entries will be displayed on the Carnival day and later at The Village Centre. The competition will be for children and adults, with prizes for all age groups All entries should be handed in to The Village Centre before the Carnival day, with details of photographer, age and address. (Photos will not be returned unless specifically requested).
There will be a Grand Raffle with a cash prize of £100 and many other prizes. Tickets will be available on and before the Carnival Day. So if your days as a Carnival queen are long gone, and the thought of stuffing an old shirt with straw doesn't thrill you, then please support the raffle. Every penny raised will go towards village community projects.
Painted egg competition
Garden on a plate (max size 25cms /10 inch diameter) . Entries to include name, age and address, will be accepted up to 12 noon on Carnival Day.
Best decorated house and business premises
Finally we hope the village will be looking its best in the week running up to the
Carnival Day (14-
Carnival stalls and side shows
The Partnership is currently organizing stalls and side shows for the Carnival. If you would like to help with a stall, or have an idea for a good Carnival attraction, please make contact with those listed below. The Carnival is a fun village event and all who want to take part should be able to do so. The next Carnival committee meeting is at The Village Centre at 7pm on Wednesday, 27th June. You will be very welcome!
Carnival Contacts -
21/06/07 New Bypass Grand Opening
The Long awaited West Auckland Bypass is due to Open on Friday 29th June officials will declare the bypass open at the Oakley Garage, a688, at 11am.
The 7 million pound scheme consists of a 7.3m wide single carriageway, approximately
2.4 kilometres in length, connecting the western end of Stage 1 of the scheme, south
of St Helen Industrial Estate, with the A688 south-
31/01/07 A Meeting that was not to be
DOZENS of villagers were left disappointed after a council officer failed to address
a meeting about improvements to houses, following a bizarre mix-
31/01/07 Football club Thefts.
THE winners of the first ever World Cup have been left without goal nets and
an expensive grass cutter following a theft at their ground. West Auckland Town FC,
who beat mighty Juventus to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in 1909, had their
Darlington Road ground broken into on Sunday night. The thieves made off with a grass
cutter and their goal nets, which will cost several hundred pounds to replace. The
club, who play in the Arngrove Northern League, are now appealing for the return
of the uninsured items, or face paying out to replace the vital equipment. The grass
cutter, which is red and marked with WAFC, cost about £400 and had recently been
serviced at the cost of £170. The goal nets are plain white and are the only set
the club owns, meaning they will need to be replaced before the team's next home
game against Dunston Federation on February 17. The club's general manager, Stuart
Alderson, said: "It is really shocking. Every penny counts at a football club like
ours and these are going to cost us £500 or £600 to replace. "When we come to the
end of the season, we are always struggling for cash. "I can't believe that anyone
who lives in West Auckland would do this -
23/01/07 £680,000 CONSERVATION SCHEME FOR WEST AUCKLAND
Plans for a near-
People can find out more by attending an exhibition in West Auckland’s Village Centre on:
· Wednesday, January 24, 2pm to 7pm;
· Thursday, January 25, 2pm to 6pm.
Representatives from the County Council will be available on those dates to talk to people about the scheme and how they can apply for grants. Information showing how the project will link with other environmental initiatives in the area, such as the West Auckland Bypass and the South West Durham Heritage Corridor, will also be available. The exhibition will run until Wednesday, February 7. People who are unable to attend can contact Tamsin Harrison, Urban Design Officer, at Durham County Council, on 0191 383 5670 for more information. Councillor Bob Pendlebury, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, at Durham County Council, said: “This is a superb opportunity to invest in the environmental improvement of West Auckland. “People and businesses can tap into grant money to repair or reinstate their unique historic buildings while also enhancing the appearance of one of our oldest communities. “This scheme shows our commitment to regeneration in neighbourhoods such as West Auckland and underlines the work we are doing, together with our partners, to build stronger communities.
19/01/2007 Volunteers Needed
A COMMUNITY drop-
7/12/06 Bypass Update
WORK on the main phase of a £7m bypass resumes today. Site staff will return to the
site of the long-