Darton East – held on 11th September
Darton West – held on 10th September and 1st October
Old Town – held on 2nd October
St Helen's – held on 27th September
The meeting received the notes from the Darton East Ward Alliance held on 11th September, 2018; Darton West Ward Alliance held on 10th September, and 1st October, 2018; Old Town Ward Alliance held on 2nd October, 2018; and St Helen's Ward Alliance held on 27th September, 2018.
Councillor Spence provided a brief update on the Darton East Ward Alliance, with the Ward Alliance Fund being in a positive place financially, having funded a range of projects. Green Space was mentioned having set themselves the task of planting 8,000 bulbs, exceeding the 4,000 planted in the previous year.
Councillor Howard made Members aware that preparation for the Christmas events in the Darton West Area was well underway, and nominations were now being sought for awards ceremony organised for March, 2019. History groups were working hard in the area, and interpretation boards had been ordered for various historic sites.
Councillor Lofts stated that although initially costly, Christmas trees had been planted which can be used every year. Concern was expressed at the difficulties in allocating Ward Alliance Funds, due to the small numbers of constituted groups in the ward, but efforts were taking place to address that.
Councillor Tattersall gave thanks to Pete Goodlad for the bonfire held at Athersley Rec Football Club, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Preparations for Christmas were well underway, and support was being given to local groups to help organise their events. Planning had also commenced for the 2019 gala.
RESOLVED that the notes of the respective Ward Alliances be noted.