(Film number 1 of 4)
Mining leader Peter Lee campaigned in the early 20th century for better living conditions for the miners of the East Durham Coalfield. In 1948 a ‘New Town’ was founded in the area with the aim of becoming a garden city for the miners and their families. Politics, inconsistent planning and budget restraints all contributed to a difficult birth for this new town and it’s communities, issues it has struggled to over come.
Now in the 21st Century the town continues to grow. Its trees and open spaces providing a link back to its original utopian aims as it carries the name of Peterlee forward.
This film is the first in a series of 4 exploring Peterlee, it’s spaces and moods.