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Due to ongoing anti-social behaviour, the evening bus service 239 between Easington/Peterlee and Sedgefield, via the Trimdons and Fishburn, was recently suspended between Station Town and Sedgefield until further notice. The service is operated under contract to Durham County Council (DCC) by Go North East, which reported that, in the four days leading up to the suspension, they had three windows broken along with several near misses, as well as anti-social behaviour on the bus itself. The police were made aware of the issue.

DCC hopes that in due course, it will be possible to reinstate the service and the relevant officer is meeting with Go North East and the police this week, in order to actively seek a resolution. Further news will be shared as soon as it is available.


The Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council, Cllr. Andrew Pearson, has drawn the attention of Mr. Paul Howell, M.P. to a letter which has been sent to Fishburn residents stating that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has not passed the Government's Gigabit Voucher Scheme for Fishburn, which means that Rymote will not be able to carry forward plans to install ultrafast fibre broadband locally. Several residents have expressed disappointment at this announcement and the Chairman has commented that DCMS's decision would appear to contradict the Government's levelling up agenda for the country. It is generally felt that an investment in infrastructure and technology is much needed, especially the proposed investment in broadband, in areas of high deprivation such as Fishburn. The Member of Parliament has been asked to write to the relevant Government minister to make representations on behalf of the residents within Fishburn parish, and to seek the rationale for the decision, with a view to reviving the scheme to upgrade the parish's broadband infrastructure. 

11 August 2021AUDITED AGAR 2020-2021

THE EXTERNAL AUDIT for the year ended 31st March 2021 has been completed and a copy of the Notice of Conclusion of the Audit has been published on the website. On the basis of the auditor's review of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), the information in the AGAR is in accordance with proper practices and there are no matters giving cause for concern regarding relevant legislation and regulatory requirements. 


FISHBURN has entered the Northumbria in Bloom competition again this year. The Summer judging visit will be on Monday 19th July 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The Parish Council presented Fishburn Primary School the SILVER Award in the Large Village class from the competition in 2019 for safe keeping and display.

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