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Sadberge Parish Council round-up
9:40am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Sadberge Parish Council Members invited a group of residents, including teenagers and children, who are looking to improve the range of activities on offer for young people in the village.
The parish council asked for ideas from the group that could be investigated further to see if they would be feasible and affordable.
Among the ideas put forward were: a lockable box of sports equipment, such as balls and Frisbees, that would be the responsibility of the young people; goal posts and/or a volleyball net; a youth cafe in the village hall once or twice a week and a tuck shop for teenagers on a weekend.
The poor state of the village park was also discussed. Councillor Brian Jones advised that the swings had been removed by Darlington Borough Council because they had been found to be unsafe but that new swings would be fitted as soon as possible.
Parking issues: The parish council had been alerted to on-going problems with parking between residents of Norton Road and St Andrews. Parking problems in East Close were also raised. As the council had already sent a letter to residents reminding them to park considerately, members did not feel that they should send a second if the first had been ignored. Coun Jones said: “It is within the residents’ gift to park sensibly.” Parish clerk Alastair Mackenzie added: “There’s not much the parish council can do other than ask people.”
Garden group: The parish council gave permission to the Sadberge Garden Group to plant flowers around the base of the chainsaw carvings on the village green.
Bus service: The first day of the Our Bus community bus service for the borough villages proved to be a great success. Coun Jones, who rode the first service to the town centre, reported that eight people from Sadberge boarded and that the bus was full before reaching Darlington. Parish chairman Lee Tate welcomed the news and thanked those who had worked hard to set up the service.
Composting problems: The community composting facility is facing problems due to people from outside the village, and professional gardeners, dumping their garden waste without sorting it. Residents are again reminded that hedge cuttings and branches should not be put in the composter. A large amount of enriched soil is ready for collection and gardeners and allotment holders are welcome to pick up what they need. Members agreed to consider the future of the facility and whether they should just accept that the site is difficult to police or to close it down.
Pact meeting: The September meeting of the North Villages Pact has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place on October 15 in Sadberge Village Hall.
Parish plan: More than 50 per cent of the questionnaires sent out to homes in the village asking for views about the future of the village were returned. Work is ongoing to process the responses before the parish plan steering group next meet to further the project.
Summer festival: The future of the Sadberge Summer Festival will be discussed in the coming weeks. The council heard that at the moment the organising committee has no firm proposals but will consider the best way to take the event forward.
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