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Miners Welfare Recreation Ground

The Town Council have applied for a grant from Sedgefield Borough Council and along with monies from the Town Council will start the regeneration of the Miners Welfare Park.

The Town Council engaged Groundworks East Durham to carry out a consultation and have finalised a masterplan for the Park. This masterplan is broken down into six phases totalling £450,000.

The grant application from Sedgefield Borough Council and monies from Chilton Town Council will allow the possible completion of three of the six phases. These will possibly include an extension and remodelling of existing pavilion, central heating, disabled access, kitchen facilities, provision of 20 space car park, crazy golf and shrubs and tree planting.

The masterplan and drawings are available for viewing at the Town Council offices for anyone interested. Please contact the office to arrange a suitable time for viewing on 01388 721788.

It is hoped that work will commence in the latter part of 2008. We will keep you informed via local newspapers and the Town notice boards.

Proposed changes for 2008

Arts Project

Image of three towers artwork Sedgefield Borough Council have commissioned an artist Simon Watkinson to create an arts project for Chilton. Simon has conceived an idea of three light towers which are to be installed on Durham Road outside of the new Guardian Care Home. These light columns will have time rings depicting events in recent years. It is envisaged that these light columns will be installed by the end of March, beginning of April.

The arts project will require the removal of the three large banner poles outside the Town Council offices however they will be relocated to outside of the Miners Welfare Park. Kay Henderson has been engaged to work on a time line for Chilton and from this it is hoped that banners will be created and erected on the poles which will create a visual impact to people travelling through Chilton.

Tennis Coaching

Chilton Town Council are hopefully going to enlist the help of a professional to offer tennis coaching. Both the tennis court and the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) now have floodlighting which was completed this year.

War Memorial

The Town Council are seeking to set up a working group of volunteers to help consult, plan and design a war memorial which will be dedicated to all those who died during World War I and II plus all those who have died during recent conflicts. Over the years the Council have had numerous requests for the provision of a dedicated memorial to the fallen.

Chilton does have a memorial at the Memorial Cottages, however this is dedicated to the miners of Chilton Colliery who died at war during 1914 - 1919 and does not list everyone. If you have any details regarding anyone who should be included on the memorial or would be like to join the working group please call 01388 721788.

Pentlands Play Area

As recently reported the Town Council have had to take the decision to remove the play equipment from the Pentlands play area due to the deteriorating condition. However, subject to funding this park will be completely transformed.

The Clerk recently gave five play equipment providers a brief and they each returned with a proposal. As advertised a consultation was held on Monday 10th December ‘07 at Chilton Catholic Club were residents were invited to view and chose their personal favourite and add any comments. Despite advertising the attendance was disappointing. The feedback on the evening was that residents did fully support a new park and that the proposals were all very good. Many thanks to all those who attended.

At the moment the Council are competing funding applications and will progress further with this project in the New Year. We will keep you informed on any updates via the local papers and Town notice boards.

Traders Market

Over the coming months the Town Council are hopeful to start a traders market in the Town square. This will hopefully run weekly. The main emphasis of this will be to supply fresh produce to residents. The Town Clerk is currently in discussions with traders such as green grocers, butchers etc. See local papers and Town notice boards for further information.

Any traders wanting further details should contact the Town Council on 01388 721788.