Welcome To Yarm Town Council

May Meetings:

 Annual General Meeting Tue 13th at 6:30pm  Weigh & Tolls Tue 13th at 7:00pm
 Town Council Tue 13th April at 7:30pm
 Recreation Meeting Wed 14th at 6:00pm

Yarm Gala 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year Yarm Town Council hosts a Gala on the High Street in Yarm.
Supporting community events like the popular Yarm Gala are a perfect opportunity
to enhance your company profile and many of the events would not be possible
without such sponsorship support.

For more information on how to get involved and support the Yarm Gala 2014
please email: town.clerk@yarmtowncouncil.org.uk

If you would like to be involved, either with holding a stall, or putting on a display, please contact the Clerk to the Council for further information.

Jack Garrett Just 3 weeks after local boy Jack Garrett, aged 2 years, of The slayde, finished placing  the top top soil to the trees in Snaiths field community orchard, the first buds have  appeared on the apples trees.

 If you would like to learn how you and your family can get involved, Please contact Cllr Chatburn or email mark.chatburn@stockton.gov.uk

Yarm Town Council – Summary of Discussion with
Stockton Borough Council 9th April 2014

In terms of context and history, the issue of the cobbles in Yarm has been with us
for many years and whilst they are an intrinsic part of the landscape and heritage
of the town they are a form of road construction that does not lend itself to modern traffic and to the needs of residents who are disabled, are unsteady on their feet, in wheelchairs or when trying to manoeuvre pushchairs over them. In 2013 we commissioned a study of Yarm high street by a consultant that specialises in access for disabled people and in that report it identified serious difficulties for people in wheelchairs in being able to cross areas of the cobbles. Coupled with that we are currently spending around £50,000 per annum on maintenance of the cobbled areas as this type of road surface is prone to damage to a much greater extent than tarmac surfacing as the cobbles are lifted by the scrubbing effect of the tyres of cars and on the area near the town hall this is greatly increased by the fact that it is a bus turning area , a loading area for the shops and a taxi rank. Over the years this area has suffered from severe damage and although repairs have been carried out it is not financially sustainable to do so.

For these reasons we have been looking at a long term solution to this area and developed a design that recognises the historic nature of the town and the setting of the town hall as well as offering a range of enhancements . These include a surface that is level and user friendly for wheelchairs and pushchairs, is a safe access to the disabled toilet in the town hall, is hard wearing, and includes improved lighting of the town hall building. We will also be cleaning the war memorial and providing lighting to the memorial. The initial design was tested against the English heritage guidance and was agreed with our historic buildings officer.

We have consulted upon the design of the proposed works with the Town council, Chamber of Trade and the Showmen’s Guild. Meetings with the town council occurred on the following dates :
19th November 2013 – concept shared
12th December 2013 – updated design and materials discussed
30th January 2014 – final design agreed 4th April 2014 – programme for delivery agreed

We consulted with the Showmen’s guild at the meetings of the town council on 30th January 2014 and at a special site meeting on 4th February 2014 to ensure that the Yarm Fair can still be accommodated within the new public realm area.

We took the designs to the Chamber of trade along with the proposals for the street lighting in Yarm on two occasions in 2013.

In terms of providing information to the public this has been done via leaflets to residents on the high street and a display from 3rd March 2013 in the library which went up prior to the street lights being installed and set out the investment plan. Since then on Saturday 5th April 2014 we have put on display the detailed design and programme for the public realm works and have printed for distribution another leaflet to go to the residents of the high street and to businesses. Sample materials will also be going into the library for display purposes.

The concerns over the railings around the war memorial are to be taken on board and we agreed that the existing railings are not particularly good but there was a need to have some security and protection in place. Therefore we will be commissioning a new set of railings to be designed with input from YTC and hopefully by a local supplier.

In terms of the long stay car parks we can confirm that the Armadi car park is due to go to committee on 7th May and although there has been and will be challenges by the adjoining land owner we are confident of our legal position on this application. The Barclays site did raise some issues from Sainsbury’s but that has been resolved and we will continue to pursue the lease agreement albeit Barclays are causing some delays while they review their position.

Thanks for meeting with us and I hope we can continue to work together to deliver solutions to the problems that exist for the community in Yarm.
Mike Chicken

Jack Garrett Local boy Jack Garrett, aged 2 years, of The slayde, shows his commitment to the project as he puts the finishing top soil to a tree in Snaiths field community orchard. If you would like to learn how you and your family can get involved, Please contact Cllr Chatburn 01642 789982 or email mark.chatburn@stockton.gov.uk

Northumbrian Water is to carry out essential Asset Renewal works on Worsall Road, Yarm. This will be from the junction with Turton Road down to the A67 The Spital junction.
The works will take approximately 70 working days and are due to commence on 17th March 2014.
Two Way Traffic Signals will be used at all times, and Three Way Signals when they reach the junctions with Turton Road / The Meadowings and A67.

A letter drop will take place prior to work commencing on site.
Work will be monitored on a daily basis.