Ferryhill Town Council considered a proposal at its meeting held on 6th April 2022 to dedicate the dog walking area at Dean Bank to the late Councillor Brian Avery.
Brian was a big supporter of the dog walking area, contributing to its development from his Neighbourhood Budget. Councillors thought it would be a fitting tribute to name the area ‘Avery Walk’ after him. It was also thought that if the area could be designated as a dog walking area on a permanent basis it would be a lasting tribute. The opportunity could also be taken to improve facilities in that area.
The Dog Walking Area is located on former allotment land at Storehouse Allotments. Approval was obtained from the Secretary of State to use the land on a temporary basis with the proviso that if demand on that site increased it should revert back to allotment use. As the area is allocated on a temporary basis the Town Council is unable to obtain grant funding to improve facilities. Demand for allotments at Storehouse remains low, particularly at the bottom corner.
It has been the Council’s wish to extend the dog walking area to take in unused allotments towards the A167 and to request that the area be redesignated as recreational land on a permanent basis so facilities can be improved.
The closing date for the survey is Sunday 8th May 2022