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Welcome To Yarm Town Council

Yarm Gala 15th June 2014 - more information.

Yarm Fair 16th - 18th October 2014 - more information.

Yarm Roll of Honour 1 of 2 - more information.

Yarm Roll of Honour 2 of 2 - more information.

Remembrance Day, 9th November 2014 - more information.

Carol Service & Lighting of the Tree - more information.

Dates for your DiaryJanuary 2015.

Sunday 11th January 8:30am - 2:30pm Northern Dairy Farmers Market
Tuesday 13th January 6:00pm Recreation meeting
Tuesday 13th January 7.00pm Weigh & Tolls meeting followed by Yarm Town Council meeting
Tuesday 13th January Town Council Meeting - to follow after the above meeting

Elections 201511th December 2014.

Information about the 2015 elections can be found by following the below link:
In addition to this information an initial meeting to discuss the Election Programme is being held in Stockton Town Hall on Wednesday the 17th December at 4:30pm.

Christmas Tree Lighting Thank You9th December 2014.
SBC - Make a Difference - Be a Councillor Event09th October 2014.
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Become a Councillor
9:15 am Coffee, tea and biscuits
Distribution of Information packs
9:30 am Welcome and introduction
Neil Schneider
Chief Executive of the Council
9:40 am The ‘Be a Councillor’ Campaign
Councillor Bob Cook
A short presentation from the Leader of the Council
9:50 am Workshops (approx. 20 minutes) An opportunity to meet each political party individually to find out how they recruit candidates to stand for election and any other relevant information

Conservative Councillor
Independent Councillor
Labour Councillor
Liberal Democrat Councillor
UK Independence Party
11:15 am Closing remarks and evaluation
Leader of the Council
11:30 am Event ends
Throughout the event Council officers will be available to provide information about issues such as terms and conditions, how to be nominated, councillor allowances, training opportunities, data protection and Freedom of Information.
Benefits of attending • Meet existing councillors and hear their stories first hand;
• Ask the councillors questions about their role and how it affects their ‘home’ or ‘work’ life;
• Get practical advice and guidance about standing as a candidate in an election;
Also find out about things like: • the individual training available to help you carry out the role once you are elected;
• the allowances available for the different duties that you may become involved in as a councillor;
• the support available to you for things like an extra phone line, internet access, IT and office equipment;
Would should attend? • Anyone thinking of standing as a candidate in a local election;
• People who are already active in their local community
(e.g. part of a resident or community group; campaigner; volunteer; school governor);
• People who want to find out more about the role of a councillor;
• Individuals who want to find out how being a councillor will help them to make a difference in their community;
• Community workers;
Yarm Fair Latest News06th October 2014.

Classed as a great Northern tradition, organisers of this years great Yarm Fair are promising their visitors more than ever in the form of spectacular rides and attractions, as the town comes alive and welcomes the annual 3 day spectacular of white knuckle and family attractions. Opening from Thursday 16th until Saturday 18th of October over a dozen big rides, will fill the High Street, together with a fantastic assortment of children’s attractions, side shows, games, food stalls, and the usual fortune tellers.

You can read the full notice by clicking here

Thrilling Attractions
High Tower Star Flyer
Letter from Stockton Borough Council re Parish Poll18th September 2014.

Dear Peter

Parish Poll - Yarm

Following the full meeting of Stockton Borough Council last night I though it might be helpful if I wrote to you to explain our decision not to invite the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) to carry out a principal area boundary review for Yarm. The matter has now been given consideration by both our Cabinet and full council and we have reached a conclusion not to take the matter any further

You can read the full letter by clicking on here
Commemorative Fundraising March17th September 2014.

Graeme Hogg and the RC chaplain Neil Galloway are organising another 'fund raising march' in commemoration of the original 'Long March' which was undertaken in 1945 by allied PoWs, this October.

They will be taking a contingent of prisoners and serving RAF personnel (and hopefully others) on a 100 Km march over 3 days in the local community, returning each evening to HMP Kirklevington.

Last time they did this they raised approx. £1,500 for the charity ‘Combat Stress’, and this year we will be aiming to raise funds for ‘Help for Heroes’, for whom Graeme is an official fundraiser.

More information about the event and details of how you can lend your support, can be found in the websites below


More than ever at Yarm Fair4th September 2014.

More than Ever at Yarm Fair!

Classed as a great Northern tradition, organisers of this year’s great Yarm Fair are promising their visitors more than ever in the form of spectacular rides and attractions, as the town comes alive and welcomes the annual 3 day spectacular of white knuckle and family attractions. Opening from Thursday 16th until Saturday 18th of October over a dozen big rides, will fill the High Street, together with a fantastic assortment of children’s attractions, side shows, games, food stalls, and the usual fortune tellers.

The Northern Section of the Showmen’s Guild who organise the fair are this year bringing in a number of fantastic white knuckle attractions that are some of the best in the whole of Europe which for 2014 will include the Bomber a suspended seat giant of a ride which spins at over 50mph 40 metres in height with riders swinging freestyle in suspended seats at the end of a swinging pendulum. The Exposure will also be back with its spinning car offering spectacular aerial views of the High Street while bouncing up and down to the music and sure to prove popular will be Tagada a ride of Spanish origin which is sure to draw the crowds. The Top Star will be return this year having gone down a storm last year, a ride swings its riders high into the sky before spinning them upside down while the Freak Out always proves popular.

Old favourites will also be returning such as the ever popular King Frog, Crazy Frog, Dodgems, the Waltzers, Speed buzz, Rotor and a Carousel.

Younger visitors this year will be able to enjoy attractions such as their own Roller Coaster, car rides, cups and saucers, train ride’s, the jumping jack and the UK’s latest craze the waterballs.

There will also be the usual games with darts, hook a duck, hoopla, and one of Europe’s largest cuddly toy lottery’s, where hundreds of giant toys are promised to be given out over the three days.

The fair will open on both Thursday and Friday from 6pm; however Saturday will see the traditional ‘Riding of the Fair’ which commences at 11:00am. Dating back hundreds of years, civic dignitaries, and members of the Showmen’s Guild will meet at the Waltzer ride before riding to all 4 corners of the town on a specially designed carriage in the company of the Chairman of Yarm Town Council.

They will then return to the Waltzer to read out various proclamations to the townsfolk at what is always a popular part of the three day event.

This year we have assembled the finest rides and attractions to be found anywhere in the world with fantastic giant white knuckle rides down to the traditional fun of the Carousel. Hopefully the weather will be kind once again and we would like to invite everyone to saviour the unique atmosphere of the Yarm Fair for three-days of fantastic entertainment at what is a fantastic venue.”

Should you require further information on this ceremony, please contact the town clerk on 01642 788762.


Press Release from Stockton Borough Counncil30th July 2014.


Improvements around Yarm's Town Hall and war memorial are complete in time for the town's First World War centenary commemorations.

Stockton Council has invested £500,000 to enhance the High Street ahead of the Yarm 1914 events on Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of August.

The improvements include:

  • 1. Paving the area around the Town Hall with Yorkshire Stone which is complemented by a small area of granite "cobble sets" to make it easier for people to get to the Town Hall, disabled toilet and war memorial.

  • 2. Upgrading the Pelican crossings to Puffin crossings with sensors so people can cross the road more easily and safely.

  • 3. Introducing new lighting to illuminate the Town Hall at night and heritage style street lighting throughout the High Street.

  • 4. Enhancing CCTV coverage to improve community safety.

Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, said: "This weekend's events are very important for Yarm and its residents so I am really pleased that these works will be complete by the weekend so that the High Street looks its best for the First World War commemorations which have been organised by Yarm 1914 Commemoration Group in conjunction with Yarm Town Council and partners.

A copy of the programme for the centenary commemorations can be found here

Yarm Parish Poll - updated21st July 2014.

At a Council meeting held on the 10th of June 2014, Councillors voted to support the outcome of the Parish Poll held on Tuesday 27th May 2014.

The vote was carried by a majority decision.

Yarm Town Council has written to the Chief Executive of Stockton Borough Council informing them of the outcome of the vote and to arrange a meeting with the Leader of Stockton Borough Council to discuss the process of how we can move forward with the wishes of local residents.

The Chairman will update members on the progress and outcomes of this meeting at the next meeting of Yarm Town Council scheduled for Tuesday 8th July 2014.

M Milburn
Clerk to the Council

A copy of the letter asking for the results of the Parish Poll to be forwarded to the Local Government Boundary Commission for consideration can be view by clicking here..

Notice of Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations9th July 2014.

SBC LogoStockton on Tees Borough Council is conducting a review of polling districts and polling places as required by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

The Returning Officer for Stockton on Tees will also comment on the current arrangements and those comments will be made available shortly on the Council’s website and at the Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton.

Comments are also invited from electors, and other interested parties, including people or organisations with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability on any aspect of polling districts and/or polling places currently used and on any representation made by the Returning Officer. The Council would particularly welcome suggestions for alternative places that may be used as polling stations.

Further information is available from the Council’s website at www.stockton.gov.uk

Comments may be submitted by post or email to:
David Bond
Returning Officer
Stockton on Tees Borough Council
Municipal Buildings
Church Road
TS18 1LD


The deadline for making representations is Friday 12 September 2014.

David Bond, Returning Officer
Dated: 7 July 2014

You can view the "Polling District and Places Review" by following this link

Important Changes to Voter Registration25th June 2014.

Voter Registration is changing
From 10 June 2014 the way everyone registers to vote changed in a big way. A more modern, secure system of electoral registration was introduced. The new voter registration system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ (IER).

What is different about the new IER system?
As its name implies, every individual will become responsible for their own registration from 10 June.

The new IER system will also offer people the opportunity to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This will make voter registration easier and quicker. People wishing to register online will need to input their date of birth and national insurance number.

If anyone does not have internet access or finds it difficult to do so can register by telephone instead using the Voter Registration Helpline (01642) 526196. Please note that they will still need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number.

Do I need to do anything / do I need to re-register?
Most people who are currently registered to vote will not notice a change during the transition period as they will be registered automatically under the new IER system.

They will not need to do anything and will continue to be registered to vote as usual. The Council will send a letter during late July and August 2014 to let these people know that they are registered under the new IER system.

However, some electors may need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number to register complete their registration under the new system.

Pass it on
This information affects everyone, so please pass it on to your friends, family, neighbours and any clubs or groups that you belong to.

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Yarm Gala - Thank You18th June 2014.

On behalf of Yarm Town Council I would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their hard work, support and efforts in making Yarm Gala a successful day.

Health and Safety
Stockton Borough Council Independent Safety Advisory Group, Mr G Laybourne, M. Stephenson, J. Roberts, T. Connor, K Ellison, Premier Traffic Management.

Gala Set up
Councillors: Chatburn, Kenefec, Neil, Meakin, Sherris, Wegg, and Wilkinson
Mrs Jones (Rate Payers Representative)
(Local Residents) Ms. Bowes, Mr Cuthbert, Mr J Milburn, Mr D Milburn, Miss L Milburn, Miss R Leonard
Mr Laybourne (Stockton BC)
Mr Layfield and Stockton BC Events Team
Mr M. Stephenson and the Enforcement Team (Stockton BC)
Mr R Bradley and the Care for Your Area Team (Stockton BC)

Opening Ceremony
Reverend Ford & Councillor Monck

Staged activities:
Viking Sound Ltd, Dr Robin Harrison, Local Schools, Local performing and dance groups, Local communities and solo Artists and The School of Rock and Pop.

Fairground rides
Mr A. Newsome

Lions Charity Fair
Mr A Lazenby & Mr I Gilg

Riverside activities
Mr M Burns & Mr M Stirman

Event Sponsors
Tristar Homes
Viking Productions
Lions Charity
Yarm & District Gardening Association
Yarm Fellowship Hall
CPC Computing

We would also like to thank all stall holders and charity stalls for their participation on the day.

Unfortunately on the day we were unable to thank everyone individually, but rest assured we are very grateful for your contribution and we are all well aware that without your help and support this event would not be as successful.

M Milburn
Clerk to the Council

Declaration of Result of Poll29th May 2014.


Date of Poll: 27th May 2014

I, David E Bond, being the Returning Officer at the Yarm Parish Poll held on the 27th May 2014, do hearby give notice that the number of votes recorded on the question,

"Do the electors of Yarm wish Yarm to be removed from the control and administration of Stockton Borough Council and become the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council?"; was as follows:

The full notice can be viewed by clicking here

Notice of a Poll19th May 2014.


Yarm Parish Poll

At a parish meeting for the Parish of Yarm held on Tuesday 22nd April 2014, a poll was demanded on the following question:

Do the electors of Yarm wish Yarm to be removed from the control and administration of Stockton Borough Council and become the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council?

The full notice can be viewed by clicking here

Yarm Town Council Summary of Discussion with Stockton Borough Council9th April 2014.

Yarm Town Council - Summary of Discussion with
Stockton Borough Council 9th April 2014

In terms of context and history, the issue of the cobbles in Yarm has been with us
for many years and whilst they are an intrinsic part of the landscape and heritage
of the town they are a form of road construction that does not lend itself to modern traffic and to the needs of residents who are disabled, are unsteady on their feet, in wheelchairs or when trying to manoeuvre pushchairs over them. In 2013 we commissioned a study of Yarm high street by a consultant that specialises in access for disabled people and in that report it identified serious difficulties for people in wheelchairs in being able to cross areas of the cobbles. Coupled with that we are currently spending around £50,000 per annum on maintenance of the cobbled areas as this type of road surface is prone to damage to a much greater extent than tarmac surfacing as the cobbles are lifted by the scrubbing effect of the tyres of cars and on the area near the town hall this is greatly increased by the fact that it is a bus turning area , a loading area for the shops and a taxi rank. Over the years this area has suffered from severe damage and although repairs have been carried out it is not financially sustainable to do so.

For these reasons we have been looking at a long term solution to this area and developed a design that recognises the historic nature of the town and the setting of the town hall as well as offering a range of enhancements . These include a surface that is level and user friendly for wheelchairs and pushchairs, is a safe access to the disabled toilet in the town hall, is hard wearing, and includes improved lighting of the town hall building. We will also be cleaning the war memorial and providing lighting to the memorial. The initial design was tested against the English heritage guidance and was agreed with our historic buildings officer.

We have consulted upon the design of the proposed works with the Town council, Chamber of Trade and the Showmen's Guild. Meetings with the town council occurred on the following dates :
19th November 2013 - concept shared
12th December 2013 - updated design and materials discussed
30th January 2014 - final design agreed 4th April 2014 - programme for delivery agreed

We consulted with the Showmen's guild at the meetings of the town council on 30th January 2014 and at a special site meeting on 4th February 2014 to ensure that the Yarm Fair can still be accommodated within the new public realm area.

We took the designs to the Chamber of trade along with the proposals for the street lighting in Yarm on two occasions in 2013.

In terms of providing information to the public this has been done via leaflets to residents on the high street and a display from 3rd March 2013 in the library which went up prior to the street lights being installed and set out the investment plan. Since then on Saturday 5th April 2014 we have put on display the detailed design and programme for the public realm works and have printed for distribution another leaflet to go to the residents of the high street and to businesses. Sample materials will also be going into the library for display purposes.

The concerns over the railings around the war memorial are to be taken on board and we agreed that the existing railings are not particularly good but there was a need to have some security and protection in place. Therefore we will be commissioning a new set of railings to be designed with input from YTC and hopefully by a local supplier.

In terms of the long stay car parks we can confirm that the Armadi car park is due to go to committee on 7th May and although there has been and will be challenges by the adjoining land owner we are confident of our legal position on this application. The Barclays site did raise some issues from Sainsbury’s but that has been resolved and we will continue to pursue the lease agreement albeit Barclays are causing some delays while they review their position.

Thanks for meeting with us and I hope we can continue to work together to deliver solutions to the problems that exist for the community in Yarm
Mike Chicken

Northumbrian Water Work17th March 2014.
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Northumbrian Water is to carry out essential Asset Renewal works on Worsall Road, Yarm. This will be from the junction with Turton Road down to the A67 The Spital junction.
The works will take approximately 70 working days and are due to commence on 17th March 2014.
Two Way Traffic Signals will be used at all times, and Three Way Signals when they reach the junctions with Turton Road / The Meadowings and A67.

A letter drop will take place prior to work commencing on site.
Work will be monitored on a daily basis.