Spennymoor Town Council Grazing Land



Spennymoor Town Council Grazing Land


Spennymoor Town Council has the following land available for the grazing of horses for a fixed term period of two years.

Plot No Location Size (m2)
1 Byers Green 2,550
2 Byers Green 2,850

It should be noted that none of the above sites contain any permanent structures or have access to a water supply.

The successful Bidder must provide proof of Equine Insurance including Public Liability cover. of £1,000,000 as minimum.

All Bid Submissions should be for the amount to be paid annually.

All Bids should be received in a sealed envelope and clearly marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and ‘For the Attention of the Town Clerk’

Spennymoor Town Council

Town Hall

High Street


DL16 6DG


To be received by 12 noon on Friday 14 May 2021


Romans on County Durham

First book detailing influence of the Romans on County Durham to be released


A new book which is the first to detail the influence that Roman civilisation had on the development of County Durham is set to go on sale.

Roman County Durham: The Eastern Hinterland of Hadrian’s Wall covers how the Romans’ network of roads, forts and farming communities formed a vital part of the infrastructure that supported the linear frontier and its garrisons as well as exerting a major influence upon the history and development of the county itself.

Written by Dr David Mason, Durham County Council’s principal archaeologist, the book reveals how discoveries made during the last 20 years have transformed researchers’ knowledge and understanding of life beyond the Romans’ military communities, revealing a previously unsuspected intensity of settlement along with a range of settlement types including villages, villas, and farmsteads.

County Durham was incorporated into the province between 71-72AD. By 410 AD, many units of the Roman army had departed Britain.

Dr Mason, who joined the council in 2004 taking up the post of county archaeologist, specialises in Roman archaeology, particularly the Roman army, its installations and accompanying civil settlements, also the Roman navy, Roman architecture and civil engineering. He also is the manager of Binchester Roman Fort’s visitor centre and was the director of the International Excavation project at Binchester between 2009 and 2015 where a vast quantity of artefacts and data from the Roman era were recovered.

Dr Mason said: “In terms of Roman archaeology in County Durham we tend to be overshadowed by Hadrian’s Wall and people don’t appreciate what a rich Roman heritage we have. This book is the first ever comprehensive account of the Roman period in the county to be published.

“Quite a lot of the main settlements in the county have Roman origins such as Chester-le-Street, Lanchester, parts of Durham City itself and Piercebridge near Bishop Auckland. In total we had seven forts in County Durham as well as hundreds of farmsteads and villas.”

The book’s 557 pages includes 485 illustrations, 350 of which are in full colour, as well as reconstruction images and plans especially prepared for the publication. Proceeds from sales will be reinvested in archaeological research and publications.

Until Monday 3 May 2021 the book can be ordered at the reduced pre-publication price of £30 (including packaging and delivery). Full price thereafter will be £37.50 (including packaging and delivery). UK orders only. Orders will be despatched following publication on Tuesday 4 May.

To place and pay for a copy of the book visit the Durham County Record Office online shop at https://recordofficeshop.durham.gov.uk/pgPubResult

For further enquiries call 03000 267 012.


New building set to go before Cabinet

Plan to house school and nursery in new building set to go before Cabinet

A proposal to amalgamate a school and nursery so that pupils can attend a new multimillion-pound facility to accommodate rising demand for school places is set to go before Cabinet.

Plans to house Ox Close Primary and Oxclose Nursery schools in one primary school at a replacement new building on Durham Road will be discussed at the virtual meeting on Wednesday 21 April.

The new school, which Durham County Council has allocated the necessary funding of £13.1million towards, would be built on the former site of Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive School. If the proposals are given the go-ahead the site could be built and open to staff and pupils by September 2024.

Ox Close Primary and Oxclose Nursery schools formed the Ox Close Federation in November 2018. The Spennymoor area has experienced and continues to experience significant growth through housing developments which is putting pressure on school places across the town. To respond to this, some of the schools in the area have been expanded in recent  years.

Ox Close Primary School was one of those schools, but despite this, without further expansion, it cannot meet the demand for future places. The most effective solution for Spennymoor to address the pressure on places at Ox Close and across Spennymoor generally is a new build replacement school with an increased capacity.

John Pearce, Durham County Council’s corporate director of children and young people’s services, said: “Amalgamating Ox Close Primary and Oxclose Nursery into one site is the best way of improving education outcomes and easing the pressure on school places in the Spennymoor area.

“This proposal will enhance education provision in the area and lead to a more sustainable establishment for the long term that will bring about educational improvement and will continue to provide equal access for all.”

Ox Close Primary School is judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and it was highlighted that teachers and teaching assistants have ensured that children in the early years thrive both academically and socially. Oxclose Nursery School meanwhile was judged as ‘Outstanding’ at its last inspection.

The two schools therefore start from a strong position and officers in the council’s education service, in addition to the senior leadership team of the two schools, believe that learning and progress can be improved further if the two schools are amalgamated in one building.

Cabinet is set to meet on Wednesday 21 April at 9.30am.

Members of the public can view the meeting by going to the council’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9INPIHe4_xteqpN0DV5xOA