News and Events in Monk Hesleden Parish

Blackhall Youth Group Launches Project to Restore Pride in our Community


Update on street lighting removals      

The Parish Council, together with County Councillors Rob Crute and Lynn Pounder, has over the past 4 years challenged Durham County Council over the removal of street lighting in our villages.


Most recently objections have been raised about the removal of lighting on the on the B1281 Hesleden Road near to Hardwicke Manor Hotel and the A1086, linking Blackhall with Horden.


As a result of our representations the council has now agreed to leave four street lights in place near to the Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel which we have insisted is a particularly dangerous stretch of road, especially during hours of darkness.


In relation to the proposals to remove all street lighting along the A1086 connecting Blackhall with Horden we argued that because of a number of factors including road layout, frequent pedestrian use and surrounding high trees and hedges such measures would represent an unacceptable level of risk to walkers and motorists alike. We are grateful that the council has listened to our concerns and have confirmed to us that street lighting along this stretch of road will not now be removed


  County Councillor Surgeries

Rob Crute and Lynn Pounder hold surgeries at Blackhall Library, Blackhall Community Centre and Hesleden Methodist Chapel.

Blackhall Library – third Friday of each month – 9.30 till 10.30 am

Blackhall Community Centre – first Friday of each month – 9.30 till 11.30 am

Hesleden Methodist Chapel – last Thursday of each month – 9.30 till 11.00 am


Telephone: Rob Crute 03000 268 702 email

Lynn Pounder 03000 268 762 email