Coronavirus – Do you need, or can you offer, help?
If so please contact Coxhoe Parish Council. We will try to co-ordinate efforts across Quarrington Hill and Coxhoe to make sure vulnerable people are supported with shopping, prescriptions etcetera by local volunteers they can trust, so that vulnerable people aren’t exposed to scams. We are working with Coxhoe Village Hall and Quarrington Hill Community Centre. We will try to publish up to date advice on our Facebook and website pages, but if you aren’t online and for any advice, support or help you can phone the Parish Council on 07988 283287 or 0191 3773658. We will try our best to help as soon as possible. Whilst people may be isolated in their homes for a while, we will try to make sure that they get the support they need. We will try to ensure that they are safe in their homes knowing that their local community is standing by them. We will also try to make sure any support from the Government, Durham County Council or elsewhere reaches the people and businesses in our community who need it.
Coronavirus please protect the National Health service (NHS) and others.
Cricket Ground progress
The Parish Council has already replaced the roof on the Pavilion. Grants are pending totalling £26,260 from the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership, Durham Community Trust and Durham Football Association. These will be used to restore the grounds and pavilion and double the amount of public playing space in the village. Works will start soon to kill off the weeds, rotovate and re-seed the whole site, and install a new artificial cricket wicket. This will allow for multiple uses of the field, not just cricket, with a 7-a-side and 9-a-side football fields either side of the wicket. Alongside this local builder Ray Lawson will be completing refurbishment of the Pavilion with support from East Durham College.
When the works are complete, we will host a re-opening event to rename the facility as the ‘Shaun Henderson Community Sports Ground’ in memory of the recently deceased Secretary of the Coxhoe Cricket Club.
Slow progress at Quarrington Hill Churchyard
Following the public meeting on 23 August, which 80 residents attended, a site visit around localised biological features around Cassop and Quarrington Hill was arranged. Local Geologist David Wigham, Tarmac’s Regional Geologist, about a dozen representatives from the Parochial Church Council and Diocese, met ending up in the church yard. The good news was that despite the rich variety of geological issues found on the walk, none were found in the churchyard. Initial views were that this was typical settlement in a churchyard of the area. There is movement of stones and ground movement. This is still ofconsiderable concern to the Cassop-cum Quarrington Parochial Church Council and their insurers. Therefore, to try to reassure them, Tarmac made a generous offer to carry out a movement survey on the headstones. They also offered to map the historical mine workings that have worked around the churchyard. The aim was to hopefully confirm if this just typical settlement similar to other churchyards.
The Church Council may also commission an independent geological survey to doubly reassure them of risks and that it is safe to allow residents to access the churchyard. Coxhoe Parish Council have agreed to jointly fund this survey. This is because we understand just how much this means to residents of Quarrington Hill who can’t currently pay respects to their deceased relatives. Sadly, it will take a while longer to measure and evaluate the results. Therefore, the Church Council’s request for people not to access the churchyard will remain in place for a while longer. Hopefully not too long. As soon as there is news, we will let you know.
Parish Council News
Parish Council meetings
Parish Council meetings are usually held at 6:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. These are cancelled until further notice. The Council will continue to work for you. You can contact your local Parish Councillors as set out below to let us know your views or issues.
Contacting the Parish Council
Contact our Clerk Claire on 07988 283 287 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact our Admin Officer by email email@example.com
Contact our Youth Worker on 07403 765 269 or by email at Ian@coxhoeparishcouncil.gov.uk
Check out our website www.coxhoeparishcouncil.gov.uk and find us on facebook and twitter
We would particularly would like to hear from you if you are interested in:
- becoming a Parish Councillor
- volunteering for our Youth clubs or other Community groups
- advertising in the Chronicle or being represented on our business directory on our website, or
- have a village issue: we may be able to help.
Councillor Contact Details
You can access contact details of your local councillors on our Councillors and Officers page
We have a new Administration Officer
Welcome to Angela Searle, our new Administrative Officer who will be working with our Clerk. Angela has years of experience working in administration roles and will provide invaluable support to our Clerk. She started working at the Village Hall at the beginning of March. We wish Karen Williams our former Administration Assistant well. You’ll still see her around as she is continuing to work for Coxhoe Village Hall.
Your County Councillors
County Councillor Jan Blakey
Tel: 03000 268 685 firstname.lastname@example.org
County Councillor Stuart Dunn
Tel: 03000 264 342 email@example.com
County Councillor Maura McKeon
Tel: 03000 268 789 firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillors Dunn and McKeon normally hold surgeries before Parish Council meetings but these are cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak
Linden Grove Planning Application
Despite the Parish Council and local County Councillors opposing demolition of the garages, the Planning Authority approved the principle of building on the site and adjoining land. No approval was given for any development and representations that townhouses would be inappropriate for the site, and overcrowd the adjoining bungalows seemed to be accepted. It is to be hoped that any application for the site that comes forward would only be for bungalows, which residents of the area have said may be appropriate.
Coxhoe Christmas Tree Lighting
Thanks to everyone who turned out and made it such a special evening. We are already working on how to make it even more enjoyable this year.
We have recently held meeting with residents from Basic Cottages and traders from the area to discuss environmental improvements at the end of the Village Green. They were keen to see parking and planting improved. Groundwork Trust engaged with residents to come up with an improved layout, and submitted a funding bid to deliver it. Sadly, this was unsuccessful, but we will continue to work with residents and traders to deliver improvements.
Land adjoining Quarrington Hill Community Centre
We are seeking to Asset Transfer the land next to the Community Centre from DCC to the Parish Council, to maintain it as green space for use in conjunction with the Community Centre.
We had a walk around Kingswood with the ‘Durham Woodland Revival Team’. They reassured us that this young wood is maturing exactly as it should. Talks are progressing with DCC and Tarmac regarding provision of an alternative to the ‘Blue Route’ through the adjoining Crowtrees Nature Reserve that has been blocked off for some time by the land owner. This could also provide a much better route for horse riders to help prevent the side paths off the main path from being chewed up.
Anti Social Behaviour
You will probably be aware that in January there was a spate of fires and Anti-Social Behaviour across Coxhoe. The response from the community, young and old, to the request for information was fabulous, you made it clear you weren’t prepared to tolerate this. The response from the Police was prompt and effective, and as a result we are pleased that the problems quickly came to an end. With funding from the Parish Council and County Cllrs McKeon & Dunn the three plastic benches that nearly set light to the trees will be replaced with standard metal blue Parish Council style seats to eliminate future risk. We ask all of you to please report any further incidents to the Police immediately on 101 so that they can respond.
The new parking regulations on Coxhoe Front Street is having the desired effect of freeing up spaces for people to stop and shop. DCC’s Highways Committee approved a traffic regulation around the crossroads at Quarrington Hill in March to make it easier and for vehicle to turn at the junction. We are also seeking solutions to parking issues around both Coxhoe and Cassop Primary Schools.
Completion of the works on the motorway roundabout by DCC have been delayed until April, but when complete the works should make getting onto the roundabout from Parkhill and Bowburn considerably quicker and safer as all of the junctions will be traffic light controlled. Additionally, pedestrian crossings from Parkhill to Bowburn or the Services will all be pelican crossings.
The Old School site
Unfortunately, news of potential funding for a new Doctors’ Surgery on the site has been delayed. Believe Housing are interested in social housing for senior citizens on the site. Early proposals for a 3 storey single block of flats have been dropped due to engineering issues and requirements for adequate parking on the site. The Developer is currently working up plans for a pre-planning application to the Planning Authority.
What’s happening in your village?
Quarrington Hill Community Centre
We are sorry that due to the Coronavirus epidemic the Committee have reluctantly had to close the Centre. This is to protect users and volunteers. We hope to be open and available as soon as possible. In the meantime we are working with the Parish Council to help make sure that vulnerable members of the community get the support they need.
Coxhoe is growing
Works on phase 3 of the Limes is approaching half completion of the final 55 on this estate. Karbon Homes will provide 12 ‘Affordable Rent’, 33 ’Rent to Buy’ and 10 homes for sale. This development will provide £70,000 for further extension of Coxhoe Primary School and a second Railway Gate to reinstate the old Level Crossing. Barratt Homes have just started building works at Bogma Hall Farm on the A177, behind Ashbourne Drive. Over the next five years they hill build 150 homes for sale. This Development will contribute £275,000 to help fund an additional two classrooms at Coxhoe Primary.
Another application is pending from Persimmon Homes next to the Barratts site for up to another 50 homes.
Coxhoe Banner Group
From 2005 to 2018 Coxhoe Banner Group have marched through Durham with the Coxhoe Banner to Durham Big Meeting. Sadly, last year due to need for essential maintenance, the banner was no longer fit to parade. We reluctantly had to accept that our banner couldn’t attend the Gala that year. We therefore wouldn’t have a band for an Eve of Gala concert. Our bid to the National Lottery Awards for All Community Funding was successful for creation of a new replica banner. This also coveredr repairs to the existing banner to preserve it for future generations. We expect receipt of the new Banner soon, and we will the Coxhoe banner back soon. We were planning to hold an Eve of Gala Concert Friday 10 July at Coxhoe Village Hall and, and march our new banner into the 2020 Miners Gala, but sadly this has now also been cancelled. We hope to launch the new banner as soon as possible.