The final report by Durham County Council into Community Rooms has proposed that Southbrook House, High Pittington be closed with immediate effect and that Durham City Homes will be allowed to redevelop the property as they see fit.
The full report which can be found here considers the future of 55 communal rooms in County Durham goes before the DCC Cabinet on 24th July. While most of the rooms will continue to be maintained by housing providers, and some will even receive extra support from providers, Southbrook House is one of two currently active properties where “the housing provider would wish to take immediate action to convert into living accommodation to help meet the high levels of housing demand, to demolish or find an alternative use for the benefit of local tenants.”
Unlike the original report into Community Buildings which proposed asset transfer for both Pittington Village Hall and Southbrook House, this report gives no option of asset transfer. DCC justify their decision bases on the relatively low usage of Southbrook House and it’s proximity to an alternative venue.
The new Pittington Voluntary Community Newsletter should have popped through your letterbox by now. If not you can view it as a PDF here – PVC Newsletter June 2012.
Together with the newsletter is a short communication survey. This survey provides an opportunity for you to subscribe to the newsletter and tell the PVC if and how you want to receive it in the future.
The communications survey can be completed online on the new three villages website by following this link.
Crucially, to run the Summer Fair the PTA always need lots of help. If you are able to help on the day or would like to help on a particular stall this can be arranged – just let the PTA know either by coming along to the village hall on Friday 22nd June 8.15pm or you can pass on your details via the school office.
Donations of new or second hand books and toys (suitable for age 3+), boxed games and puzzles can be brought into school at any time. These will be collected by the PTA on a daily basis.
There will also be stalls such as tombola and other games where we require donations of new items. These can be anything from toiletries, sweets, chocolate, stationary and unwanted gifts. Please bring any kind donations into school at any time.
Donations of cakes and other baked items for the cake stall can be brought to school on Friday 22nd June at 9am. There will be a collection point in the school yard. You can also bring donations on the morning of the fair.
Thank you for all your continued support – we look forward to seeing you all at the Summer Fair!