On Wednesday January 25th it was the meeting of the Durham County Council Full Council Committee at County Hall. On the agenda was the report on the Cabinet Meeting of January 18th which included the acceptance of the DCC updated Master Plan for Spennymoor. I felt that I should make a comment and ask a question in regards to the situation surrounding Festival Walk.
MY COMMENTS WERE;
Spennymoor Festival Walk is deteriating, it is looking more run down and derelict with each passing day. I have had meetings with officers and councilors, on a number of occasions, but have been asked to be patient, and understanding of the problems involved.
HOWEVER THERE COMES A POINT WHEN THE CONCERNS OF MY CONSTITUENTS NEED TO BE RESTATED.
I would like to ask the question THAT MANY PEOPLE IN SPENNYMOOR ARE ASKING ME.
“DUE TO THE LACK OF PROGRESS, IN REGARDS TO FESTIVAL WALK SHOPPING CENTRE IN SPENNYMOOR, DOES DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL NEED TO SEEK A NEW APPROACH”?
The Council response came from the Cabinet Member for Regeneration Cllr. Neil Foster, DCC councilor for Tudhoe. The response is below.
“The Cabinet report presented to-day highlights the Masterplans for six communities in Durham and references several further reports would be presented in January. This was done and included the revised Masterplan for Spennymoor. As a Board Member for Spennymoor AAP he is well aware that I regularly report on economic regeneration issues for the area including proposals for Festival Walk. I have endeavored to keep all local members appraised of the situation and have promptly addressed all issues raised.
Whilst it is taking longer than hoped for this project to be brought forwar d, I am reassured by the private sector partners that matters are moving in the right direction.
We must remember the private sector own and are behind this development and it is excellent to see a multi-million pound private investment being brought forward in Spennymoor Town Centre after so many years when this was not achievable. However, the Council also has it’s own plans for a new car park and we took the bold step of being the first party to announce our plans to invest £600,000 into the Festival Walk area. This is a part of the council’s ongoing commitment to improving town centers across County Durham in partnerships with private sectors developers.
I remain very hopeful that the private parties will come forward with their plans which offer significant investment for Spennymoor Town Centre and I believe in a positive way”.
IN A RESPONSE I STATED THAT WE HAD BEEN TOLD THIS MANY TIMES BUT THE PROJECT WAS STALLED AND A NEW RESPONSE FOR FESTIVAL WALK AND THE TOWN CENTRE WAS REQUIRED.