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John Kelly requested that the road between Hett Village and Sunderland Bridge be gritted as it is used regularly by a bus transporting school children.

Bus Services Sue Wild expressed concern regarding the bus services from Hett Village to Durham City. She understood that the services at 10.10 a.m. and 12.40 p.m. were to cease, however she did not know when. It was stated that no community consultation had taken place with regards the removal of this service. She queried whether the Durham County Council was putting any other services/arrangements in place.

Future Car Parking Provision Don Gordon asked whether there was a strategic plan to provide more free car parking spaces in Spennymoor as the existing car parks were usually fully occupied during the day time.

Task and Finish Group - Provision for Young People and Teenagers Councillor Barbara Graham presented a report (for copy see file of Minutes) regarding the work of the Provision for Young People and Teenagers Task and Finish Group.

It was reported that the Group had met on 12th August and 2nd 2009 and had agreed to:


  • Consider ways of co-ordinating and marketing the services and activities currently available.

  • Enhance the existing mapping exercise to assess what activities and services were available.

  • Identify other key individuals and organisations that play a role in delivering young people and teenage provision.

  • Co-ordinate a meeting with all Youth/Community workers in Spennymoor AAP area with a view to organising a series of mini youth related events – raves and dance festivals.

  • Liaise with Durham County Council Leisure Services to ascertain what activities were currently delivered.

  • Organise football/sports events centred on the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign.

  • Nominate Cllr Barbara Graham as the lead to drive forward work of the Group.


That the report be noted.


That the group produces a concise Spennymoor AAP Provision for Young People and Teenagers Action Plan, based on the actions set out in Section 4 of the report.


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