Darton East – held on 10th March and 14th April 2016
Darton West – held on 14th March, 11th April and 9th May 2016
Old Town – held on 2nd March, 6th April and 4th May 2016
St Helen's – held on 7th April and 12th May 2016
The meeting received the notes from the Darton East Ward Alliance held on 10th March, and 14th April, 2016; Darton West Ward Alliance held on 14th March, 11th April, and 9th May, 2016; Old Town Ward Alliance held on 2nd March, 6th April, and 4th May, 2016; and St Helen's Ward Alliance held on 7th April, and 12th May, 2016.
Councillor Spence provided a brief overview of the work of Darton East Ward Alliance, noting that two business representatives had joined the Ward Alliance. A dementia support social club had been established, which was going well. Members spoke about the proposed clean-up of land near Birkinshaw’s, Darton. It was also noted that work was underway to try to move the mailbox on Shaw Lane to improve safety.
Councillor Burgess gave an update on the work of Darton West Ward Alliance. An action plan has been agreed for the current year, with each priority area assigned a lead member of the Ward Alliance and a lead Councillor. Members noted that the Community Choir was going well and was open to all to join. The Alliance had discussed Christmas lights and would be looking for business sponsorship. Also discussed was litter, with litter being thrown from passing cars an issue.
Councillor Cherryholme made Members aware of a recent event held by the Old Town Ward Alliance which was well attended and also helped to raise money. The Alliance was working at reviewing the Ward plan, and a website had been established for residents to forward their priorities.
Members noted that the Wilthorpe Park play area had now been opened, and that Old Town Carnival had been arranged for 3rd July, 2016 on St. Paul’s Field.
Councillor Platts highlighted some of the recent work of St. Helen’s Ward Alliance. A gala had been arranged to take place on 29th July, 2016 on the Memorial Field and with lots of stalls confirmed. An update was provided on the work of Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the intention to open a Community Shop in Athersley in August. The Ward Alliance was still receiving bids for funding and had recently supported the guides in to purchase 3 PCs and a printer.
RESOLVED that the notes of the respective Ward Alliances be noted.