On Friday 12th November 2021, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Mark Wilkes, visited Spennnymoor for a walkabout with Cllr Luke Allan Holmes, Durham County Councillor, our neighbourhood warden and local PCSOs.
During the walkabout a number of key concerns were pointed out including:
- Yards with accumulated waste
- Yards with dog feaces
- An abandoned vehicle
- Overflowing bins that have not been collected.
All properties which have been identified will be issued a notice by the Neighbourhood Wardens to clean up while Durham County Council are going to collect all of the overflowing, damaged and dumped bins in an effort to tidy up streets in the town.
Cllr Luke Allan Holmes, Durham County Councillor for Spennymoor said “Residents have been contacting me about sightings of rats and it’s no wonder why. Rubbish dumped in the yards of empty houses, food left in unemptied bins with no lid, dog feaces everywhere, mattresses in back yards and overflowing bins lying on the ground.
“These bins should have been collected and these streets should already have been cleaned up, but previously this mustn’t have been a priority. As a member of the new Joint Administration, I am pleased to be working with Liberal Democrat Cllr Mark Wilkes to tidy up our community but also develop a plan to ensure we keep on top of it. This is something the new Joint Administration is committed to doing.”
When asked about the play park near Craddock Street, Cllr Holmes said “What play park? You can’t play in that. It’s not fit for purpose. I want to get local children involved in designing a new park, more information on this will be available soon. In the meantime, I’ll be working with Cllrs Molloy and Maddison on securing some funding because our children deserve somewhere safe for them to play.”