Archive for April, 2014

Ushaw Moor split over £13m housing scheme (From The Northern Echo)

April 30, 2014 1 comment

A MULTI-million pound scheme to build 167 new homes on the edge of a village have met with a mixed response from residents.

Taylor Wimpey has applied for planning permission to construct a £13m housing estate on land north of Ladysmith Terrace, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham.

John Howarth, of Ladysmith Terrace, said the village’s infrastructure was already struggling to cope and the new homes would be at risk of flooding.

However, John Arthurs, of Welby Drive, said it was potentially great news for the village, predicting it would bring infrastructure improvements.

“We need to move away from seeing problems and look to the future with the enthusiasm of our forefathers who founded this village when it was just farmland,” Mr Arthurs said.

Of the 167 homes proposed for the 5.5-hectare Greenfield site, 33 would be “affordable” two or three bedroom homes, while the others would be three or four bedroom detached houses.

Around 1,000 leaflets explaining the plans were sent out and a consultation event was held in January.

Taylor Wimpey says the site has good transport links and amenities and a drainage strategy will reduce the flood risk.

Building would take place over five years, supporting 42 jobs, and new residents would spend up to £6.5m a year, including £1m in the local economy.

Durham County Council would get a £1.4m New Homes Bonus and an extra £2.1m in council tax.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The consultation process enabled us to involve the local community in shaping our designs to ensure the plans will not only work for current residents, but enhance the area for the long term.

“The consultation informed Taylor Wimpey that our design should feature play space and affordable homes, so we’re proposing a number of green open spaces which link up and lead to a natural play space consisting of boulders and logs at the heart of the project.”

He said he hoped the homes would appeal to people already living in Ushaw Moor and others.

“It is our hope that new residents will bring additional expenditure to help secure a vibrant future for the local area.”

A statutory consultation period has begun and comments can be made until Wednesday, May 7. The council aims to put the scheme before a planning committee in May.

via Ushaw Moor split over £13m housing scheme (From The Northern Echo).


Durham Army Cadet Force, and Scout Group, local residents – Blitz Red Burn

April 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Cadets from the Ushaw Moor detachment of Durham Army Cadet Force and also members of 1st Framwellgate Moor Scout Group cubs, as well as local residents, who came out in the drizzle to blitz Red Burn on Saturday

It was a Good Friday for Acropolis – Live at Stirling Castle

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

‘Close Shave’ for Ushaw Moor Under 13’s Cricket Team

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Nothings left to chance when it comes to Ushaw Moor Under 13’s Cricket Team – in preparation for the 2014 season the squad decided to make sure the only ‘close shaves’ they get were at The Village Barber, not at the crease!


Team Manager, Norman Ferguson commented: “After being worthy Durham County League runners up last season the lads are determined to be at the top of their game in this year’s league. We formed the under 13’s and 15’s teams to encourage more young players into the game and are very pleased the team has been so successful.”


Iain Kane, of Village Barber Skin Products Ltd in Langley Park said: “I know we’re just having a laugh with the lads in the team, they are a great bunch, and I’m pleased to be able to sponsor them again this season with new cricket shirts. I hope it wasn’t too scary an experience for them. I’m always happy to spruce up their image with a shave and a haircut at The Village Barbers – who knows they might even start using my Shaving Oil and Balm when they get older!”


Iain has introduced his unique range of Village Barber Shaving Oil and Balm into the international market which is highly acclaimed by many of the world’s renowned professionals and recognised experts on shaving.


Iain comments: “With their cricket season due to open on Monday May 7th, the Ushaw Moor under 13’s cricket team are raring to get going with their first match at home versus Langley Park – we wish them all the best.”

NEW – Vitality-Pilates , The Hut, Ushaw Moor

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pilates classes and services in the west Durham area. Including group classes, private classes, postural analysis and one-to-one sessions.

Spaces filling up quickly for new Ushaw Moor… – Vitality-Pilates.

Durham Tumbler Takes GOLD to become European Champion – Deernss Gymnastics Academy

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Durham gymnasts want to be the best in the world

April 11, 2014 Leave a comment