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February 2011

Welcome to the Village Park Residents Association. Thornaby on Tees

Your residents group for the Village Area.      Membership is free to every household in the Village Area.

(Supported by Stockton Residents & Community Groups Association)

If you see any Anti Social Behaviour no matter how small call Neighbourhood policing on 302930

The VPRA News Blog (click here for past months)

Your VPRA at work reports for February 2011

Click here for CFYA Bin and Recycle Collection Days

27.02.2011 Local Community Space

Local shopkeeper on Laburnum Avenue - Premier Stores- has been in the press during the past week with their idea of using their back office for community type meetings. Click here for the Gazette article

VPRA have been in discussions with the owners since before the new shop opened and reps had another meeting today. We aim to help facilitate meetings with local Police, Tristar and SBC to use the facility for surgeries. We will also help set up an information point in there so residents can have a one stop shop for advice.

We hope the idea takes off and we can set up these information points around other shops in the area.

25.02.2011 Scammers

Warnings both locally and nationally about the may scams doing the rounds at the moment. Dont be fooled about winning cars,houses etc and dont give anyone your bank details to anyone over the phone or e mail. Dont give your details to anyone at the door even if they are a bona fide charity, you never know what happens to them. If you want to give then give cash at the charities shop.

24.02.2011 Potholes

A lot of potholes reported again this month to CFYA/Highways .if you spot any dangerous potholes in your road then contact CFYA or let us know and we will report them.

21.02.2011 Website Again

Sorry for any inconvenience with our Dutch server offline again today. Engineers are working on the problem, alternative link now invoked.

17.02.2011 Website Offline

Apologies to readers for any downtime this week. Our main server host in the Netherlands had a server rack problem and was beyond our control. We did switch over to our alternate server until the main server was back online. Not an ideal switch because we cannot control the pop up adverts but at least it keeps us online and its free. If the site is offline we have 2 more links to the servers which can get you access.

Try www.vpra.110mb.com or www.vpra.orgfree.com  

16.02.2011 Old Neashams site

Had a message today form our rep on the Eastern Area Partnership Board that the old Neasham site in the town centre demolition has started and will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete the site clearance. Well done to Thornaby Town Councillors for seeing this through to its conclusion.

14.02.2011 Lollipop Ladies

An article in the gazette last week featured Thornaby Town Council’s proposal to fund crossing patrols if they are cut and make school crossings dangerous. Recently we have lost Gail from the crossing at the Village school (she is now at Mitchell Avenue) and also the crossing lady at the Spitfire. The new Puffin crossing there was fought for by Holmes and Middlefield Residents, backed by VPRA and Thornaby and Ingleby Councillors to give a safe crossing at all times on a busy road. At no time over the past 18 months of negotiating at Eastern Area Highways was there any threat to the crossing patrol mentioned.

Gazette Story

14.02.2011 Council Contracts

Our local road sweeper Dean finished work on Friday 11th Feb. Dean was on a temporary contract and it was not extended at this present time. Thanks for all your hard work Dean and good luck, we hope to see you back in the Village in the future. One of the longer serving CFYA operatives, Richard, will be covering our area from today. A hard act to follow and keep up with.

10.02.2011 2010 Green Thumbs Awards

The postponed awards were held during last nights AGM. Several winners who could not attend will receive their awards over the next weekend then we will publish the full results .

09.02.2011 Tees Heritage Park

During tonights VPRA meeting we had a talk and slide show from Doug Nicholson about the Tees Heritage Park. After a brief outline of what it is we had a more in depth discussion with the two artists working on the designs in our area, Both the Black Bobbies and Basselton Woods areas are to benefit. Children from the Village School have been working with the artists on the Black Bobbies project.

Tonights gazette story

09.02.2011 AGM

This years AGM was held tonight at the Robert Atkinson Centre. All committee members were re elected into their current positions.Delegates for all of the various committees we attend around the borough will be decided at the next committee meeting in March.

07.02.2011 VPRA AGM

Dont forget the VPRA AGM on Wednesday 9th Feb. 7 pm at the Robert Atkinson followed by the delayed 2010 Green Thumbs Garden Awards.

03.02.2011 Anti Social Behaviour

Several reports recently from residents about ASB concerning neighbours. All reported to SBC and Tristar in strictest confidence. We hope to arrange a meeting next month with ASB as the key topic.

02.02.2011 Contractors

We have had complaints from residents over the past couple of days about contractors in the area driving over grass verges and the Village Green. CFYA were contacted about problems opposite the Jolly Farmers and the Lower Green. They have attended and contacted the contractors and instructed that any damage must be made good.

01.02.2011 Basselton Woods Walk

Advance notification of a planned walk in Basselton Woods arranged bt SBC Countryside Wardens. Saturday 19th. February Meet at Griffin Pub car park 2pm. The past two years events have been very interesting and informative. Well worth the effort if you have time.

01.02.2011 Health Walks

Weekly walks are planned every Tuesday during during January and February. Meet at the Thornaby Medical Centre.

If you fancy walking on your own or with friends then try out one of our recommended walks. Click here.

 

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