The Chairman’s report details the activities undertaken by the Parish Council over the past year and is considered at the Annual Assembly of Electors.
National Rural Crime Survey 2018
The National Rural Crime Survey was launched yesterday by the National Rural Crime Network.
As the nights draw in, crime rates can go up so here are some tips for staying safe this winter
1 Check all doors and windows are locked and always make it look like someone’s home. Put a lamp on a timer or play a radio when your house isn’t occupied
2 Don’t leave car keys or valuables on show. Especially near windows or letterboxes where burglars can reach through.
3 Never leave your car unattended while you defrost it. Don’t be tempted to turn on the demister and go back into the house.
4 Be mindful of where you go on dark nights. Avoid dark shortcuts and always park in well-lit places.
5 Only ever get in a licensed taxi. Be sure to check the vehicle plate and driver ID badge before entering.
It’s a crime not to care where your waste items end up. If your item ends up fly-tipped, Durham County Council can trace it back to you. They can then issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 for fly-tipping and regularly prosecute fly-tippers and unlicensed waste carriers through the magistrates courts.
Tips to get rid of furniture and white goods legally
- Arrange a council bulky waste collection – book online at www.durham.gov.uk/bulkywaste or call 03000 261 000.
- Take items to a household waste recycling centre. See www.durham.gov.uk/hwr for locations and opening times. If you are visiting in a van, you’ll need to apply for a free permit beforehand. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit or call 03000 261 000.
- If items are still in good working condition, donate to a furniture reuse scheme. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/reuse for a scheme near you.
For more information about fly-tipping visit www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping
In 2016 Durham County Council carried out a consultation on implementing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control.
The purpose of the PSPO is to help protect parks and open spaces against irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after, or control, their dogs properly. It will help the following:
- reduce dog fouling
- reduce the number of stray dogs and make it easier to return stray dogs to their owners by checking dogs are microchipped
- better control of dogs in public areas
- safer and more welcoming play areas
- improve the local community and environment
Over eighty per cent of people supported the Order, positively agreeing it would: help create safe and welcoming play areas; reduce the number of stray dogs; enable authorised officers to request dogs are put on leads when necessary and tackle dog fouling issues.
Durham County Council has now agreed the PSPO and from 1 June 2017 it will be an offence in County Durham to:
- Allow a dog to foul without picking it up
- Allow a dog to stray – roam loose/wander/exercise without a responsible owner present
- Fail to put a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer – Council officer or Durham Police
- Allow dogs in designated fenced off play sites – dogs are not allowed into designated fenced off play sites
Anyone who fails to comply will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. This will be reduced to £60 if paid within 10 working days. The maximum fine is £1,000.
For more information go to www.durham.gov.uk/dogcontrol
The next meeting of the Seaton with Slingley Parish Council was scheduled to be held on Wednesday 15 April 2020 at 6.45pm in the Community Centre, Seaton.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic gatherings of people are not allowed and therefore the meeting has been CANCELLED.
Meetings of the Parish Council will resume as soon as we are able to.
All Members of the public are invited to attend and there is the opportunity for you to have your say. Please come along. You can access the agendas and minutes of meetings as soon as they are publicly available.
Seaton Community Centre hold a gentle exercise class every Monday, 1pm to 2pm at the Community Centre. It costs just £2 per session and there is no need to book. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health. Everyone is welcome.
Severe Weather Warning Page – Keep informed of the latest weather updates generated via the Met Office Weather Widget.
Heading out in Wintry Weather? – Plan your journey on the Winter Roads section of the Durham County Council website.
Salt Bin Refills – Salt bins are for gritting roads and footpaths. If a salt bin near you needs refilling, call 03000 26 1000 or report it on the Saltbins section of the Durham County Council website quoting the number on the top or side of the bin.
Residents will be aware that Durham County Council charge for garden waste collections. Collections take place fortnightly between April and November 2020.
The annual subscription fee is £35. This is for one garden waste bin to be collected.
If you do not want to subscribe and pay for garden waste collections, or your property is no longer eligible for the service, you can get a garden waste bin removed.
For more information on the scheme and details of how to register telephone 03000 260 000 or go to www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste
To vote at an election you must be on the electoral register. All households in County Durham received a letter listing everyone registered at the property. Anyone who is not registered is encouraged to register at GOV.UK Register to Vote website.
Anyone who is listed on the electoral register can request a postal or proxy vote. To request a paper copy of either application form, contact Electoral Services on 03000 261 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org