NEW parking bays have been created to improve road safety in a village.

Durham County Councillors Ian Geldard and Pat Lawton each put £1,800 of their neighbourhood budget into the scheme at Byers Green, near Spennymoor.

The cash, allocated via Spennymoor Area Action Partnership (AAP), paid for a patch of grass alongside St Peter’s Church Hall, on Hagg Lane, to be replaced with red shale.

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It enables around six cars to park next to the hall rather than on Church Street.

Church warden Jennifer Harbour said: “It is a simple scheme but would have taken us a long time to pay for and has made a big difference.

“It means visitors to the hall can park safely away from the road, it was getting quite dangerous especially when vehicles parked near a corner.”

A craft club, which meets at the hall on Tuesdays, from 2pm to 4pm, sells handmade items in aid of refurbishment of the hall.

A new floor and heating have already been installed, the main hall has been redecorated, the kitchen and toilets will soon be decorated and new blinds installed which will benefit a monthly film night.