Police object to Denes park beehive plan over vandalism concerns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Will beekeepers be allowed to site hives on a Darlington park? Will beekeepers be allowed to site hives on a Darlington park?

POLICE have objected to a proposal to site beehives on a disused bowling green - amid fears they would become a target for vandals.

Darlington Beekeepers Association hopes to place up to ten hives on the redundant green on the Bowling Dene park off Bartlett Street and wants to involve the community in the bees’ upkeep.

The scheme, which has been recommended for approval by council planning officers, is opposed by Durham Police who say that the Brinkburn Denes area is a known meeting point for youths and can be an anti-social behaviour hotspot.

In a report prepared for the council’s planning applications committee, Durham Constabulary’s Architectural Liaison Officer said: “The Police are concerned that the hives will be consistently targeted with missiles as was the bowling green in the past.

“The existing weldmesh fence was erected because of anti-social behaviour issues, although it is reasonably substantial, the mesh is relatively open and as a consequence easy to climb over.

“It is intended as a demarcation fence rather than a security fence and in my view it will not be effective enough to prevent wilful damage to the hives.

“I acknowledge the bowling green would provide a more amenable location for the beekeepers as opposed to the current location at Bellburn Lane allotments, so it is with some regret that I ask to record this objection on behalf of the police.”

The council’s health and safety adviser mirrored the police’s vandalism concerns and said that although the hives were a good idea, the site was not overlooked so natural surveillance would be difficult.

However, the planning report states that the hives will be fitted with a remote monitoring system which allows the Beekeepers Association to monitor conditions inside the hives, via computers, and would also alert them to theft or vandalism.

Planning officers also pointed out that bringing a vacant site back into use would benefit the general appearance of the locality and create a point of public interest within the Dene.

The report concludes that the council should lease the land to the Association for three years with the option of either party cancelling the lease with a three-month notice if problems arise.

The council’s planning committee will make a decision on the application on Wednesday.

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4:35pm Wed 5 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Let the Bee's move in, they can deal with vandals and yobs more robustly than any copper.
Let the Bee's move in, they can deal with vandals and yobs more robustly than any copper. NO EINSTEIN
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6:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

yeye says...

An absolutely ridiculous idea. It is fair enough to say that the yobs will get stung, what about the children who play in the dene. The idea is good but the location is obviously not suitable. This dene has become a disgrace since the demise of the park keepers hut. Dog mess everywhere, People putting general refuse in there rather than dealing with it properly. Fencing removed regularly (but don't worry we have fancy gates) I know that someone also removed part of the fence backing on to surtees street so that it was easier for him to get his car in his garage. Answer to all of these issues? obviously.....stick some bees in there for the plebs to be proud of. Friends of the denes do a good job, you cannot however polish a turd. Unless the apiary has ASBO issuing powers, I would say it is probably going to be a wasted venture.
An absolutely ridiculous idea. It is fair enough to say that the yobs will get stung, what about the children who play in the dene. The idea is good but the location is obviously not suitable. This dene has become a disgrace since the demise of the park keepers hut. Dog mess everywhere, People putting general refuse in there rather than dealing with it properly. Fencing removed regularly (but don't worry we have fancy gates) I know that someone also removed part of the fence backing on to surtees street so that it was easier for him to get his car in his garage. Answer to all of these issues? obviously.....stick some bees in there for the plebs to be proud of. Friends of the denes do a good job, you cannot however polish a turd. Unless the apiary has ASBO issuing powers, I would say it is probably going to be a wasted venture. yeye
  • Score: -2

8:50pm Wed 5 Mar 14

darloboss says...

got hives next to us no bother at all
got hives next to us no bother at all darloboss
  • Score: 1

9:12pm Wed 5 Mar 14

stevegg says...

Without robust security measures they are bound to be targeted by mindless idiots who have nothing else better to do as thats their entertainment. The beekeepers will be the first to run to the police incredulous that this has happenned despite being told otherwise by the police themselves. If theres any money in it for the council its a no brainer for them, they dont care about the consequences as long as they get their money and know its the police, not them, who will have to sort out the mess afterwards.
Without robust security measures they are bound to be targeted by mindless idiots who have nothing else better to do as thats their entertainment. The beekeepers will be the first to run to the police incredulous that this has happenned despite being told otherwise by the police themselves. If theres any money in it for the council its a no brainer for them, they dont care about the consequences as long as they get their money and know its the police, not them, who will have to sort out the mess afterwards. stevegg
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Wed 5 Mar 14

yeye says...

And where do you live darloboss?
And where do you live darloboss? yeye
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1:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Joe, Brinkburn says...

Instead of opposing the siting of the hives the police should be sorting out the antisocial behaviour of the yobs you are meeting in the Dene.
There are hive located in the allotments off Bellburn Lane which to my knowledge have not caused any one in the local area any problems. Why when someone comes up with an idea to use an local amenity do we have to find ways of preventing them rather than encouraging them.
We need to do as much as we can to encourage the Bee population, it is in rapid decline and without it we will be in a sorry state as they are responsible for the pollination of most of our crops and flowers. They die out so does the human race.
Instead of opposing the siting of the hives the police should be sorting out the antisocial behaviour of the yobs you are meeting in the Dene. There are hive located in the allotments off Bellburn Lane which to my knowledge have not caused any one in the local area any problems. Why when someone comes up with an idea to use an local amenity do we have to find ways of preventing them rather than encouraging them. We need to do as much as we can to encourage the Bee population, it is in rapid decline and without it we will be in a sorry state as they are responsible for the pollination of most of our crops and flowers. They die out so does the human race. Joe, Brinkburn
  • Score: 2

2:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

yeye says...

A good point Jo, although. Bellburn has nowhere near the amount of footfall of this dene. They are merely considering it as it has a fence around a bowling green due to previous neglect of the facillities. I would imagine that there are atleast 3 or 4 more suitable denes to locate these hives.
A good point Jo, although. Bellburn has nowhere near the amount of footfall of this dene. They are merely considering it as it has a fence around a bowling green due to previous neglect of the facillities. I would imagine that there are atleast 3 or 4 more suitable denes to locate these hives. yeye
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