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12/12/12       Dominos pizza, greggs bakery and Barnardos Charity shop replace antiques centre

PLANS to replace an antiques centre with a pizza shop, bakery and charity store have been approved near a controversial out-of-town shopping complex. Durham County Council’s planning department has given the go-ahead to the change of use of Talk of The Town, an antique furniture store on the Abraham Enterprise Park at St Helen Auckland.

The store now has permission to be divided into three units which will house a Domino’s Pizza, Greggs Bakery and Barnardo’s charity shop. The area has undergone a major regeneration over the past two years with a McDonald’s restaurant and drive-through Starbucks coffee shop springing up next door to the store.

And across the road a new shopping complex featuring eight stores has been built with plans for a further four next door approved. Plans for a multi-screen cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and shops on nearby wasteland are also due to be submitted to the council later this week. The development at St Helen Auckland, where there has also been two new supermarkets, a football stadium, KFC and Marston’s restaurant built, has sparked fury in Bishop Auckland Town Centre.

Councillors, residents and town centre businesses fear the out of town shops will drag trade away from the centre, while supporters of the St Helen Auckland shops say they will attract more visitors to the area who will then go into the middle of Bishop Auckland.

Planning officer David Walker said the owners of the Abraham Business Park, who submitted the change of use application, had investigated the possibility of the three new businesses opening in the town centre.

He said: “The applicant’s analysis has dismissed all vacant units within the town centre as not being suitable.”

The planning officer said both Greggs and Barnardo’s already have shops in the town centre and would not wish to open further stores so close.

Mr Walker said: “With regards to Domino’s, the applicants have dismissed units within the town centre on existing parking restrictions within the centre and the need for the premises having a suitable drop off and pick up area for customers.”

Source Northern Echo


07/12/2012  : Cinema Plans proves popular:

The Cinema Exhibition held at the Bishop Auckland Football club, proved popular with residents and Co Durham Lesuire Chief, Maria Plews. The scheme which hopes to provide new shopping outlets, a 6 screen cinema,  a lazer quest and a bowling alley, accompanied by new restaurants. It is hoped that is will create up to 500 jobs.

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Further news in the  northern echo and on Facebook

03/12/2012   Support your Cinema go and see the Plans at Bishop Auckland Football Ground

A NORTH-EAST town's long wait for a cinema may soon be about to end as £40m plans for a leisure development are set to be unveiled to the public. A two-day public consultation will be held at Bishop Aucland Football Club’s Heritage Park this week to showcase plans for a multi-screen cinema, shops and restaurants at St Helen Auckland.

The development is being planned for 24 acres of wasteland next to the West Auckland bypass and behind the Tindale Crossing Pub. Land Planning Partnership, the company behind the plans, will be seeking the views of the public at the club on Wednesday and Thursday, December 5 and 6. 10am to 8pm  

There are also several shops, a food court, and bowling alley planned as part of the cinema development.

The consultation will be open from 10am to 8pm with the public’s opinions going towards a planning application to be submitted to Durham County Council in the near future. The site, which used to be a brick works and builder’s yard, has been derelict for decades.

Source: Northern Echo and Facebook Pages " I would Go to a Cinema in Bishop Auckland"

05/10/2012                              Statue for West Auckland

A STATUE to commemorate a village football team winning the first “World Cup” moved a significant step closer after planners gave it the go-ahead.  Durham County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the statue on West Auckland village green to commemorate the achievement 103 years ago. The £184,000 statue will be 2.2m high and stand on a four-metre-high plinth with a seat around it.

Designed by London-based artist Nigel Boonham, it will feature the figure of a miner and a footballer and will be placed where the village’s Christmas tree is presently sited.

Work on the plans started in 2009, which was the centenary of the year a team of miners from West Auckland went to Italy to compete for the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy.Thanks to funding from the Arts Council, three artists came forward with potential designs for the artwork in honour of the local club’s achievements. Mr Boonham, who created the bronze statue of Cardinal Basil Hume which stands outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, was chosen ahead of designs from Lucy Glendinning and Mark Merer.

His statue was chosen by a steering group of local people, along with Groundwork North East and Durham County Council. It is hoped it will be erected next April.

The first ever World Cup featured four teams and was arranged by the tea magnate and philanthropist Sir Thomas Lipton to celebrate “the beautiful game”. The competition, which attracted teams from Germany and Switzerland as well as the host nation and England, was repeated in Turin two years later. Not only did West Auckland surprise everyone by winning it in 1909, they also retained the trophy in 1911 beating Juventus 6-1 in the final.

Durham county councillor Rob Yorke said: “It has taken a long time, but this bronze sculpture will immortalise West Auckland Football Club’s achievements for generations to come.” Coun John Shuttleworth said: “The first ever World Cup is still talked about and it is only fitting that the team's achievement, which put West Auckland on the map, is commemorated in the village.” It has taken a long time, but this will immortalise West Auckland Football Club’s achievements. click here for the PDF


M&S move to St Helen Auckland

AFTER months of speculation and despite a petition signed by 6,000 people urging them to stay in a town centre, Marks & Spencer will move to an out-of-town complex by the end of the year. The firm has confirmed it will leave Bishop Town Centre and open a Simply Food Store, incoporating a 50-seater cafe, at St Helen Auckland. It is a blow to campaigners in the town centre, who fear the effect the shop’s closure will have after 80 years trading, although a spokeswoman for the chain said no jobs would be lost.

Costa Coffee has received permission to erect signs outside one of the two smaller units at the front of the site. Pets At Home has also submitted an application to Durham County Council and its plan shows units occupied by shops including Next, Brantano, JD Sports and Carphone Warehouse. Mark Stirling, retail director for Metric, confirmed the plan, but said the latter two shops are not yet finalised. Rob Yorke, county councillor for West Auckland , said the shops will benefit the whole Bishop Auckland area. He believes M&S would have closed in the centre anyway. He also said plans for a six-screen cinema with restaurants in St Helen Auckland were imminent. He said: “We have to stop this ‘them and us’ mentality and realise that all this development is great for Bishop Auckland as a whole. “Metric have put their money where their mouth is and are bringing in household names, most of which are new to the area.”

Source : Northern echo 30/08/2012


West Auckland AFC secures place in the Final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium

West Auckland won there home game 2 -1 over Herne Bay in the second leg of the semi final (first leg 2-2). West Auckland who were down to ten men for 90% of the second half.  West will play Dunston in the final at Wembley stadium on May 13th a north east double.

Shopping Outlets Given the Go Ahead by the Government

   The Six Shopping outlets were given the go ahead by the government - progress is being made in preparing the ground on the First Focus site in St Helens,  which had become an eyesore and a target for arsonists. The old Unit has now been completely knocked down and land is being prepared for the new units,  see plans below> Another more good new is that the new Starbucks coffee shop and Drive through is now open for business, whilst renewed interest in a Cinema for St Helens is being looked at although a different site is being investigated, .

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