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PACT - Partners and Communities Together
The next PACT meeting will be held in Bishopton village hall at 6pm on Wednesday 19th December.

Please note the earlier start time.

The January meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Tuesday 15th.
Added:  5-Dec-2012
Moor House Wind Farm
Sadberge residents will now be aware that the Moor House application for six wind turbines was recently approved.
The applicant Banks Renewables has a community fund to be used in areas where they have operations that affect local communities.

Sadberge parish council, Sadberge village hall association and myself have agreed to work with Banks to see where we can use the fund to benefit village facilities.

I am arranging a meeting with Banks and will use this website to keep residents up to date with progress.  
Added:  9-Dec-2011
PACT - Police and Communities Together
The next PACT meeting will be held at the earlier time of 6pm on Wednesday 21st December in Sadberge village hall. All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.

Further meetings are planned for 6-30pm on Monday 30th January in Whessoe parish hall and Wednesday 29th February in Brafferton village hall.
Added:  9-Dec-2011
PACT - Police and Communities Together
The next PACT meeting will be held at the earlier time of 6pm on Wednesday 21st December in Sadberge village hall. All residents of Sadberge and Whessow ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  9-Dec-2011
Ward Surgeries
I have held a ward surgery almost every month since first being elected in 2003 and I have used four locations in an attempt to reach all residents in this huge ward. However, for the past two years I have sat on my own for the vast majority of them. I thought carefully about this and have decided that because I attend so many other meetings such as parishes, village halls and PACT etc., and I am involved in so many issues in the ward that the surgeries are surplus to requirements and have been discontinued.
I will continue to attend the above meetings and in addition I am available by telephone or email and can always pay a personal visit if needed.
01325 332820
brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  3-Oct-2011
PACT
The next PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting for the Sadberge and Whessoe ward will be held at 6-30pm on Wednesday 26th October in Brafferton village hall.

Future meetings will be held on Wednesday 23rd November in Bishopton village hall and Wednesday 21st December in Sadberge village hall.

All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  28-Jun-2011       Updated:  3-Oct-2011
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall at 6pm on Tuesday 26th July.

I'm also available on 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  28-Jun-2011
Ward Surgery
Following the local elections where I was re-elected, I want to thank all of you who kept faith in me and gave me your vote.

I will not be holding a ward surgery in May or June, however, I am already back into the swing of things with several meetings lined up, and as you know I am readily available via 'phone or email.

As always, if you have an issue you need to discuss with me simply let me know and if you wish we can meet in private to discuss.  

01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk

 
Added:  18-May-2011
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall at 6pm on Tuesday 26th April. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  19-Dec-2010       Updated:  7-Apr-2011
PACT
The next PACT meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Thursday 23rd June in Brafferton Village Hall. All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.

Future meetings are scheduled for Wednesday 27th July in Bishopton Village Hall. The meeting date for August has yet to be arranged.
Added:  19-Dec-2010       Updated:  18-May-2011
PACT
The next Police and Communities Together meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Thursday 2nd December in Sadberge village hall.
All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  8-Nov-2010
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 30th November in Brafferton village hall.
I can also be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  8-Nov-2010
Community Speedwatch (CSW)
Community speedwatch in Sadberge has moved up a gear with speedwatch activity now being carried out by volunteers without a police presence. Each CSW will be staffed by volunteers from the local community. These volunteers will work independently of the police, however, they will follow the rules and guidelines of the police scheme.  
Guidelines are strict and volunteers have undergone training and advice by Durham police as to their role. CSW is not an enforcement tool, rather one of education and encouragement with the aim of improving driver behaviour.
It will also act to reassure the local community through which the offending drivers travel.
 
Added:  6-Oct-2010
PACT
The next PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Thursday 4th November in Bishopton village hall. All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.
This is your opportunity to meet your local police officer and ward councillor to discuss any issues you may have.
Added:  20-May-2010       Updated:  6-Oct-2010
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall at 6pm on Tuesday 26th October. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  20-May-2010       Updated:  5-Oct-2010
Darlington Green Awards
Sadberge Parish Council's Energy Saving Project has won the Tackling Climate Change award in the Darlington Local Strategic Partnership Green Awards.
Well done to all involved.
Added:  9-Apr-2010
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held at 6pm on Thursday 29th April in Sadberge village hall. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  9-Apr-2010
PACT
The next meeting of PACT (Police And Communities Together) will be held in Bishopton village hall at 6-30pm on Wednesday 12th May.
All residents of Sadberge and Whessoe ward are welcome to attend.
Added:  24-Mar-2010       Updated:  9-Apr-2010
Ward Surgery
My next surgery will be held in Bishopton and Redmarshall school at 6pm on Tuesday 30th March.
I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  24-Mar-2010
The Best of Darlington Awards
I was fortunate enough to spend a very pleasant evening on Friday in the company of Millie Scaife, Alastair Mackenzie and Rich Hurst on the occasion of the 'Best of Darlington Awards' at Darlington College. The event was compered extremely professionally by Peter Barron, Editor of the Northern Echo, and supported by a variety of local businesses and organisations.

I had nominated Sadberge Parish Council in the 'Contribution to the Environment' category which was sponsored by Groundwork West Durham and Darlington and we had reached the final three alongside The John Wade Group and Chris and Liz Hodgson who run an Organic Farm Shop and Cafe at Piercebridge. Tough competition indeed!

A video clip showing the achievements of each entrant was shown so the audience could see their individual merits and everything was going fine until it came to Sadberge. I was shown on the large screen beginning my introduction when the video suddenly stopped and left me motionless with my mouth wide open in mid sentence! Despite a couple of attempts to run the clip the equipment was having none of it so there I was, frozen in time, much to the amusement of some.

However, my embarrassment soon disappeared when Peter announced Sadberge as the winner and all four of us went on stage to receive the award and we were able to see the clip later in the evening. The award is testament to the good work being done in the village by the Parish Council and the Energy Saving Trust.

Sadberge was also well represented by Robin Blair, the outgoing 'Citizen of the Year' and Josh Phillips who won the 'Academic Excellence' award. Well done Josh!  

But perhaps the most enjoyable part of the evening was meeting and talking to 10 year old Brandon Holloway who not only took the 'Young Person's Contribution to the Community' award, but also scooped the 'Young Citizen of the Year' for which he received a standing ovation.

All in all a very successful and satisfying evening for all those Darlington residents who work so hard for little or no reward.      
Added:  28-Feb-2010
Community Speedwatch
It comes as no surprise that in less than 3 hours of monitoring traffic speeds on Norton Crescent (17 vehicles) and Hillhouse Lane (15 vehicles), 32 vehicles were detected travelling in excess of 35mph in a 30mph area. Because they have exceeded the Police prosecution level all will now receive warning letters advising them of their indiscretion.
This is only the beginning of Community Speedwatch which will be supported by other Police methods and hopefully the message will soon register with drivers that Sadberge is a 'no go' village for those who are not prepared to conform to the legal speed limit.  
Added:  19-Feb-2010
PACT
The meeting last Tuesday evening was hugely successful with 30 residents filling the coffee lounge in what was a busy and mostly good humoured discussion of Sadberge residents' problems. I chaired the meeting with support from PC's Chris Horner and Julian Brown.
The two priorities chosen for Police attention were excessive vehicle speeds on all main roads through the village and dangerous and inconsiderate parking in a variety of locations. Several residents volunteered to be involved with Community Speedwatch and this will be organised by PC Horner.
I have spoken to resident Alan Burrows who has kindly agreed to take over as chair of PACT. The next meeting will be held at 6-30pm on Tuesday 9th March in Sadberge village hall when there will be an update on issues raised.  
Added:  14-Feb-2010
PACT
A Partners and Communities Together meeting will be held in Sadberge village hall at 6-30pm on Tuesday 9th February.
This is an opportunity to meet your Neighbourhood Policing Team and to discuss any issues affecting your quality of life. This is an informal discussion with the police to resolve the issues where you live.
Other Partners can be involved if necessary and arrangements can be made to discuss issues privately.    
Added:  31-Jan-2010
Ward Surgery
My next surgery will be held in Brafferton Village Hall at 6pm on Tuesday 23rd February.

I am available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  11-Dec-2009       Updated:  31-Jan-2010
Sadberge Parish Council
I will be attending the parish council meeting at 6-30pm on Tuesday 1st December when there will be an opportunity to discuss the Moor House Wind Farm application.
Added:  22-Nov-2009
Barmpton Parish Meeting
I will be attending Barmpton Parish Meeting in Sadberge Village hall at 6-30pm on Thursday 19th November.
Added:  16-Nov-2009
East and West Newbiggin Parish Meeting
I will be attending East and West Newbiggin Parish Meeting to be held at 6-30pm on Monday 30th November in Sadberge village hall.
Added:  8-Nov-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Whessoe village hall between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday 17th November.

I will also be holding a surgery in Brafferton village hall between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday 24th November.

I am available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  8-Nov-2009
Great Burdon Parish Meeting
I will be attending a meeting of Great Burdon Parish at    6-30pm on Tuesday 27th October in Sadberge village hall. All residents are welcome to attend to choose a spokesperson for the parish and to discuss any issues of importance.      
Added:  3-Oct-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 27th October in Sadberge village hall. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  3-Oct-2009
Wind Farms / Sadberge Parish Council / Talking Together
I will be attending a meeting of SPAG (Seven Parishes Action Group)at 7pm on Monday 5th October in Sadberge village hall to discuss the way forward in connection with the Banks' wind farm proposal for the erection of ten turbines at Moor House.

I will also be attending the meeting of Sadberge parish council at 6-30pm the following evening.

There will be a Talking Together event at 5-30 on Thursday 8th in the Dolphin Centre to discuss Renewable Energy and I will be attending with members of SPAG.
Added:  3-Oct-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held between 6-7pm on Tuesday 29th September in Bishopton and Redmarshall School.
I am also available on 01325 332820 and www.brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk. I am happy to respond to telephone calls, emails or to visit you at home.
I intend to visit Sadberge parish council on 8th September, both of the Banks consultation events on 14th and 15th September, Bishopton Parish Council on 16th September and Sadberge Village Hall Association on 23rd September.
Added:  30-Aug-2009
Moor House Wind Farm
Banks Developments intend to hold two exhibitions in connection with their proposal for a wind farm at Moor House to the north west of Sadberge. These will be held on Monday 14th September in Sadberge village hall and Tuesday 15th September in Harrowgate Hill Working Men's Club, both between 3-7pm.
It seems quite clear that Banks are now very close to submitting a planning application which I understand is likely to be for 10 turbines of between 100 and 110 metres tall, so this is probably the last opportunity to question the developer and to make your feelings known.  
Added:  30-Aug-2009
Rural Policing
Following some controversy in the local press recently about policing in the villages surrounding Darlington, I was delighted today to be able to walk around Sadberge with PC's Julian Brown and Chris Horner. Julian has been doing a great job for some considerable time now trying to cover all of the rural areas, an almost impossible task, but he has now been joined by Chris and they will work together to provide effective rural policing. This has been achieved in no small way thanks to the efforts of the Middleton St George ward councillors who I have supported with their efforts for an additional rural beat officer.
Chief Inspector Paul Unsworth of Darlington Police has given an undertaking to make rural policing an important part of his remit and has been true to his word.
The rural area of Darlington may not be the 'hotbed' of crime compared to other parts of the town, but nevertheless, problems do exist and residents deserve the necessary police attention to provide some peace of mind.  
It should also be remembered, that in addition to the dedicated beat officers, there are dozens of officers based in Darlington who can be called upon to deal with any kind of incident 24 hours a day, every day of the year.      
Added:  17-Aug-2009
Developments along the Eastern Transport Corridor and A66
At a recent planning applications committee meeting, two huge applications adjacent to the Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor (DETC) and the A66 were duly given the go ahead (subject to conditions). The news may be good for employment in the town and farther afield but I still maintain that not enough has been done to mitigate the potential problems that will be caused by the huge increase in traffic from the two sites. Great Burdon and beyond to the west and Sadberge to the east will bear the brunt of those problems.
I have been promised a review of the traffic situation in Sadberge and will work with Darlington Borough Council and Sadberge Parish Council to minimise the effect of these developments on the village. Further information is available on the Sadberge web site.      
Added:  11-Aug-2009       Updated:  12-Aug-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 25th August in Whessoe Parish Hall. Although I regularly attend Whessoe parish council meetings in the hall, this is a new venue for my surgery and was suggested to me recently by a resident when I was out and about with my petition to reduce the speed limit on the A167. I will be joined by Councillors Gill and Mike Cartwright from the adjoining Harrowgate Hill ward.
I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.  
Added:  11-Aug-2009
Developments along the Eastern Transport Corridor
I've looked very carefully at the two applications for the significant development along the Eastern Transport Corridor. The applications for the Dean and Chapter land and Lingfield Point represent a massive combined development which, if approved, will present challenges to the highways infrastructure which I believe have not been properly addressed.
I believe the Sustainable Transport Study has failed to address the potential problems that would be created by the additional traffic movements from these developments, particularly with regard to the effect on Sadberge, Great Burdon, Salters Lane North and Harrowgate Hill.
There are suggested highway improvements to certain areas such as Little Burdon roundabout, but no amount of improvement at the roundabout will improve traffic flows through Great Burdon or along Salters Lane North where there is no solution to the existing bottleneck. Neither will the suggested improvements have any effect whatsoever on the inevitable use of Sadberge as a rat run.
Instead, the Transport Study concentrates on the land use  and the financial contributions which will do nothing to assist those rural residents who will suffer from an unacceptable increased level of traffic.    
Added:  24-Jul-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday 28th July. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk. If you prefer a home visit, just let me know.  
Added:  5-Jul-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Bishopton and Redmarshall School at 6-30pm on Tuesday 30th June and NOT in the village hall as published in the Town Crier.
I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.
Added:  3-Jun-2009
Sadberge buses
A further update on the situation since the bus service was taken over by Scarlet Band. I've had several complaints about the huge increase in fares and so I contacted Scarlet Band who told me that the ticket machines had been wrongly programmed and this will be put right as soon as possible. If anyone has this problem please ask the driver to input the journey manually which will give the correct fare. The fares remain the same as they were with Arriva.

Darlington Council and Scarlet Band are looking at the possibility of introducing a weekly ticket and also a ticket that could be used on services provided by both Arriva and Scarlet Band. I'll keep you informed of any progress.

On a positive note, I'm told that the Scarlet Band drivers are helpful and friendly.
Added:  19-May-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held at 6-30pm on Tuesday 26th May in Brafferton village hall.
I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  19-May-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Tuesday 28th April.
It isn't necessary to wait until there's a ward surgery. I'm happy to visit you at home, chat on the telephone or respond to an e.mail.
I'm available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.
Added:  4-Apr-2009
Sadberge Buses
Commencing Tuesday 5th May, the bus service for Sadberge and surrounding villages will be provided by Scarlet Band Motor Services of Ferryhill. There will be no change to the routes or timetables.
I am assured by Scarlet Band's transport manager that they will endeavour to provide a first class service.
If there are any problems please let me know, or telephone Scarlet Band on 01740 654247.
Added:  3-Apr-2009
St George's Day
Last Thursday morning I spent some time with Mike Amos from the Northern Echo together with members of the village hall association to select a sausage, 'The Sadberge Sizzler', to be included in the 'Big English Breakfast' on St George's Day. The samples were made by Brian Whelan and Neville Newmarch who make sausages as a hobby, and the winner by a long way was a Cumberland variety that was enjoyed and  approved by everyone.

Members of the association will assist with making the sausages and of course in cooking and serving them on the big day. Mike Amos will join us once again together with the Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Ian Haszeldine.

There is a serious side to this of course, and that is to raise funds towards the installation of a new kitchen for our community shop and cafe which is intended to replace the post office and shop that closed last year. Please support this venture and join us for a 3 course 'Big English Breakfast' on 23rd April between 9am and 12noon, or until the sausages run out - and for only 6.  
Added:  8-Mar-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 31st March in Bishopton and Redmarshall school. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.

Added:  3-Mar-2009
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Brafferton village hall from 6-30pm to 7-30pm on Monday 23rd February. A meeting of Coatham Mundeville Parish Meeting will also be held. Agenda items will include the planning applications for Coatham Grange (including Patches Lane), and The Cattle Mart at Humbleton Farm.

I am also available on brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk or 01325 332820. If you wish to talk to me in person I am happy to visit you on a pre-arranged basis.
Added:  3-Feb-2009       Updated:  8-Feb-2009
No Con Do - Scamnesty Targets Hoaxers
Darlington Council's Trading Standards Team is running the Scamnesty initiative as part of national Scams Awareness Month.

Every year three million UK consumers fall victim to mail, e-mail, text and internet scams but less than five per cent of victims report the crime.

To try and crack down on scams in Darlington, residents can drop any unsolicited mail, or other evidence of scams, into special bins at Crown Street Library, Cockerton Library, Town Hall reception, the Customer Contact Centre and the Public Protection Office at 11, Houndgate between Monday 2nd and Sunday 15th February. If these locations are not suitable, please leave mail at the village hall or let me know and I will call to your home to collect.

Further information on consumer advice is available from www.consumerdirect.gov.uk or 08454 04 05 06.
Added:  3-Feb-2009
Merry Christmas
Can I wish all residents in the Sadberge and Whessoe ward a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Added:  22-Dec-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held 6-30pm to 7-30pm on Tuesday 27th January in Sadberge village hall. I am also available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.
Added:  22-Dec-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Wednesday 17th December in Bishopton and Redmarshall school. (Please note change of date).

I am available on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk

Added:  26-Nov-2008
Bonfire night
As a member of the County Durham and Darlington Combined Fire Authority I spent an interesting and 'illuminating' few hours with the crew of green watch at Darlington fire station on what is normally one of their busiest nights of the year. However, this year thankfully, it was one of the quietest bonfire nights on record, perhaps due to the huge amount of work being carried out by the fire service to alert young people to the danger of fireworks. And yet there was still enough going on to see at first hand how the firemen (and one woman in this case) operate.

I was part of a Land Rover crew that followed the main firefighters, and when the first call came in at 7pm our driver Steve Smart was busy working up a sweat in the fire station gym and it's easy to see why physical fitness is high up on their agenda. The call was to a bonfire at the back of Morrison's on North Road where after a quick assessment a decision was taken (rightly in my view) to leave the fire because there was no danger to the public or buildings and there were quite a few adults and older teenagers present. Also, with a crowd of 50-60 milling around, any attempt at putting out the fire could easily have led to a public order incident. By far the greatest concern was the way the young people were using a Morrison's shopping trolley from which to set off multiple fireworks with a distinct lack of precautions, (still some education needed) and the use of a B&Q barrow to carry wood for the fire.

The next call was to a fire in a builder's skip followed by an automatic fire alarm in the town centre, but fortunately no fire. I was able to listen to the non-stop radio messages from across the County and had watch manager Gary Bankhead on hand to translate! All in all an experience I wouldn't have missed and I have to express my sincere thanks to district manager Gavin Pallister and his assistant Andy Bruce for arranging the visit.      
Added:  7-Nov-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Tuesday 25th November.
I can be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  2-Nov-2008
North East Voluntary and Community Sector Awards
The Sadberge Energy Saving Project which I submitted to the above organisation has been shortlisted for an award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Sunderland on 30th October. Fingers crossed!
Added:  20-Oct-2008
Electric Blanket Testing Campaign
A FREE safety check on electric blankets is available to residents of Darlington on 12th and 13th November.

The campaign has been organised by Age Concern, Darlington Borough Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

To arrange for your check contact Age Concern on 01325 362832 for an appointment.

Better be safe than sorry.
Added:  20-Oct-2008
Calor Village of the Year 2008
I was delighted to attend the presentation evening in the Oakwood Centre, Eaglescliffe last Wednesday (1st October) to see Sadberge and Middleton St George receive their awards.
In the 'Special Achievement Awards' Sadberge won an 'Eco' award for the energy saving project carried out in the village with the Energy Saving Trust. This project has received wide acclaim and I recently submitted it as a nomination to the North East Voluntary and Community Sector Awards in the 'Most Exciting Project' category. Fingers crossed for another award.

Sadberge also received their prize for winning the Northern Region Competition 2007 and members are looking forward to visiting The Guildhall in London on 2nd December to see if they can win the national final. I'll be eagerly awaiting a call on that day to hear the good news. GOOD LUCK SADBERGE!

Moving away from Sadberge but staying local, Middleton St George took over from Sadberge as Tees Valley winners this year and now look forward to entering the regional phase of the competition. As a parish councillor in MSG I was proud to be associated with and to have contributed to both entries and Darlington council should be delighted to have such hard working volunteers achieving so much within the Darlington against competition from Tees Valley and across the region.    
Added:  5-Oct-2008       Updated:  15-Oct-2008
Parish Grants
At the meeting of the full council in Darlington town hall last Thursday evening (2nd October) I took the opportunity to challenge Councillor Chapman about the need to carry out a complicated review of how the parish grants are allocated. I used the previously endorsed fact that none of the parishes are unhappy with their share of the grant and that the review would not necessarily be able to come up with a meaningful result.
Councillor Chapman responded by saying that she had received our message loud and clear and at long last agreed that a review would no longer be necessary.
The grants are now safe, at least in the short term, and hopefully parishes can now plan ahead with confidence for future years.  
Added:  5-Oct-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Brafferton Village Hall between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Tuesday 28th October. I can be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  31-Jul-2008       Updated:  2-Nov-2008
Moor House Wind Farm Proposals
A public exhibition to discuss the proposed wind farm at Moor House will be held in Sadberge village hall between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 30th July. A further exhibition will be held in Harrowgate Club and Institute between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 31st July.
Added:  19-Jul-2008
Talking Together
The new date for the Talking Together session in Sadberge village hall is Wednesday 6th August between 5.30 and 7.30.
Added:  19-Jul-2008
Free Transport !
Darlington Borough Council are to provide free rural transport to the Dolphin Centre for families and young people. Two services a day will be available Monday to Friday on weeks commencing 11th August and 18th August, departing Bishopton at 9.30, returning at 13.20 and departing again at 13.30 and returning at 16.50. The route will be via Great Stainton, Sadberge and Brafferton with the return route being reversed.
Book your free place by calling 01325 388068.
Young people under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Added:  19-Jul-2008
Wind farms
I've recently received information about another proposed wind farm in my ward, this time on land near Moor House which is close to Barmpton, Burdon Hall, Little Ketton and Newton Ketton. The proposal is described as 'significant' and I understand will consist of ten turbines. It is in the very early stages of development and I have requested full consultation with local residents and parish representatives.  
Further information will follow as it becomes available.
Added:  6-Jul-2008
Talking Together
Please note that the proposed Talking Together session on 16th July has been CANCELLED. A new date will be announced sooon.
Added:  6-Jul-2008
Parish Grants
As Chair of the Darlington Association of Parish Councils, I have invited the Chair of all 12 parish councils in Darlington to a meeting to be held in the town hall on Tuesday 15th July. We will be discussing the future of the grants to parish councils which Darlington borough council were going to withdraw. We are looking to enforce our view that parish councils play an important role in villages and need to be supported in providing facilities that are not provided by the borough.
Added:  27-Jun-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Brafferton village hall between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Tuesday 29th July.
I can be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.
Added:  27-Jun-2008
Talking Together
A Talking Together session will be held in Sadberge village hall from 5.30pm - 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th July.
This session will bring together representatives from the Borough Council, Police, Primary Care Trust, Fire Service and others, and is your chance to question senior members of these organisations.
Added:  15-Jun-2008       Updated:  27-Jun-2008
Promoting Good Quality Design In Darlington
A 'hands on' workshop to promote good quality design in Darlington will be held in Sadberge village hall from 6-8pm on Wednesday 2nd July.
As part of the Council's Local Development Framework, a Supplementary Planning Document is being prepared to look at the design of new developments within the Borough. It wil be used to help assess the quality of design of all planning applications to make sure that the design of new development reflects the special character and distinctiveness of the Borough's heritage.
This workshop will provide residents with an opportunity to comment on the work so far.
Added:  15-Jun-2008
Wind Farms
A meeting to discuss the proposed wind farms at East and West Newbiggin will now be held at 7pm on Wednesday 11th June in Bishopton village hall and NOT as previously stated.
Added:  2-Jun-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall from 6-30pm to 7-30pm on Tuesday 24th June.
I can also be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  2-Jun-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held between 6-30pm and 7-30pm on Tuesday 27th May in Bishopton and Redmarshall Primary School. Alternatively I am available on 01325 332820 or via brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.  
Added:  5-May-2008
Wind Farms Update
At a meeting held in Bishopton village hall last Tuesday, representatives of several parish councils and parish meetings discussed ways to oppose the proposed wind farms at East and West Newbiggin which is less than a mile to the east of Sadberge and which would encroach heavily on the conservation village of Bishopton. Peter Wood, chair of Bishopton parish council was elected as chair of the group with Paul Frost as media spokesman supported by Clare Wise. Various tasks were allotted to members with a view to building up knowledge about wind farms and how best to provide a strong opposition to this particular proposal.
For my own part I have written to Kerry Quinn, MD at Durham Tees Valley Airport in support of their objection to the wind farms due to the potential effect on the airport radar systems. A similar stance has been taken by Defence Estates Safeguarding in connection with the radar systems at RAF Leeming and the NATS radar at Great Dunfell.
A similar situation exists with Newcastle Airport where there are great concerns about wind farms in Morthumberland.  
Added:  13-Apr-2008
Council Meeting
The Special Council Meeting to discuss the budget for   2008-09 was held on 28th February. The changes to the bus subsidy and parish grants which had been agreed at the Cabinet meeting on 19th February were confirmed. It now remains to ensure there is a public consultation on providing a bus service that suits the residents and not the council or the bus company! This was well aired at Sadberge parish council last night and everyone is prepared to put in as much time and effort as is necessary to get the best result possible.
The issue of the parish grants will be discussed at a meeting of the Darlington Association of Parish Councils tomorrow evening when we will decide the way forward. We must ensure that no rural services are lost because of financial cuts.  
Added:  5-Mar-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held in Sadberge village hall from 6-30pm to 7-30pm on Tuesday 15th April. I can also be contacted on 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk
Added:  3-Mar-2008       Updated:  2-Apr-2008
Cabinet meeting
The meeting to discuss the Sadberge buses and the parish grants held in the town hall on 19th February was very well attended by more than 20 Sadberge residents. Because I was feeling rather 'under the weather' with salmonella poisoning, I was delighted to have such strong support. The result was a victory for common sense and although the 17 service will disappear, the 97 service will be revamped to provide an equal if not better service than at present. As ward councillor I expect to be fully involved with discussions and decisions, along with the parish council and residents.  
The other good news is that the parish grants will be retained, at least for the moment. I welcome the announcement of a review and have sought an assurance that I will be fully involved in my role as Chair of the Darlington Association of Parish Councils and Parish Meetings.
Added:  24-Feb-2008       Updated:  5-Mar-2008
Ward Surgery
My next ward surgery will be held between 6-30 and 7-30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2008 in Bishopton and Redmarshall school. Alternately I can be contacted on 01325 332820 or brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk.
Added:  3-Feb-2008
Wind Farms
Coming to a location near you!
Preliminary investigations are taking place to build two wind farms close to Sadberge. An Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Document outlines one project with nine turbines, maximum height of blades 100 metres, at West Newbiggin and a further site with two turbines at East Newbiggin. The name East Newbiggin is misleading because the site is actually nearer to Great Burdon and will be clearly visible from the village hall.
Neither of the sites are within the Sadberge Parish Council area but could clearly impact on Sadberge residents.
Your views would be appreciated.
Added:  20-Jan-2008
Parish Grants/Bus Subsidy
A Draft document prepared for consideration by Darlington Borough Council suggests that the grants to all parish councils in the Borough should be withdrawn and the subsidy on bus routes 17 and 97 should be removed. If you attended the parish council meeting on Monday 14th January you will have heard Richard Alty from the Borough Council outline the reasons for removing the bus subsidy and the alternative suggestion that the buses could be replaced with a 'community bus' run by volunteers.
The removal of the grant to Sadberge Parish Council will mean that either the precept will have to be almost doubled, or the parish will have to curtail it's activities.
The removal of the grant or the bus subsidy is totally unacceptable and will be disputed by myself with the support of the parish council. I have already spoken at a special meeting of the Cabinet (the nine councillors who make recommendations to the full council), outlining our strong objections to such a move.
Millie Scaife and I attended a 'Talking Together' session on Saturday and again took the opportunity to put forward our objections in the strongest possible terms. A further 'Talking Together' session will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 30th January at Whinfield School giving residents the opportunity to speak to the people who are likely to make decisions on these matters.
As Chair of the Darlington Association of Parish Councils and Parish Meetings, I have arranged a special meeting to be held next Thursday evening to discuss these issues with all parish councils across the borough.
     
Added:  20-Jan-2008
Congratulations!
Well done Sadberge for winning the title of 'Calor Village of the Year' in the Tees Valley. I know Millie Scaife, Alastair Mackenzie and others worked hard to improve on last years 2nd place and confidence is high for further success in the regional event.
Added:  31-Aug-2007
 

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