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One of our key aims in scrutiny is to ensure all our discussions are done in an open and transparent way. Our meetings should be held in the view of public and press as much as possible. So they can clearly see the challenges made on how the Council are delivering services and responses that […]

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Additional drainage for Caxton Way Field

by Craig Martin on 2 January, 2022

The field linking Picktree Lodge and Caxton Way has had additional drainage installed to prevent the footpath’s from flooding. I’ve facilitated this happening after residents raised concerns about the issue. The footpath coming from between 5 and 10 Caxton Way has had pipes installed next to the footpath. This should drain water away rather than […]

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Before reading this please remember that this is a very expensive proposal, only an idea, and there are many difficult obstacles to overcome to make this happen. If it happens at all. There is an idea to reopen the former railway line connecting Chester-le-Street and Consett. Which would then run to Newcastle along the second […]

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Access to Cycle Track Repaired by Low Flatts Field

by Craig Martin on 30 November, 2021

I’ve funded the repair of this access point onto the Sustrans cycle track out of my Neighbourhood Budget. The steps by Low Flatts field have been in a poor condition for many years. Thanks to Sustrans who managed this project, bidding for the funding and organising the work. They are an organisation that is mainly […]

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Pushing for action on masterplans

by Craig Martin on 29 November, 2021

Durham County Council has recently been reviewing all of their masterplans for the towns across the County. The plans provide proposals on how to make key improvements to the areas. They are going out to consultation with the public. Been raising the need to turn these plans into action. Plans are useless without the will […]

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Plans to Reopen Durham Light Infantry Museum

by Craig Martin on 31 October, 2021

Durham County Council have put forward a plan to reopen the DLI museum. The package will provide funding to refurbish the museum and provide it with a wider offering to the County. The aim is to make it an even better visitor attraction than what it was previously. One of the three floors of the […]

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Leveling Up Fund Bid for North Durham

by Craig Martin on 26 October, 2021

Durham County Council have begun the process to bid for the Government’s £20 million per constituency leveling up fund. I’ve been encouraging the bid to include improving the flow of traffic through Chester-le-Street, particularly improving the Picktree roundabout. Our MP is supporting a bid to improve Stanley town centre. The Leveling Up Fund is a […]

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Additional Bus Services for Picktree Village

by Craig Martin on 25 October, 2021

Picktree Village now has a full bus service on Sunday and additional services on an evening. Follows my recent petition, widely supported by residents, and my long standing campaign for improvements. This comes following  a post COVID review of timetables. The number 8 service will now run on an evening and all day Sunday. Previously […]

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A specialist energy efficiency team from Durham County Council along with others from across Europe met online to share ideas of best practice to support SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises). Representatives from the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Spain and Italy, who have been exploring low carbon options for small businesses, joined together […]

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More than 300 businesses have been supported and over 3,500 jobs safeguarded through a County Durham coronavirus recovery grant. The Durham Business Recovery Grant was launched by Durham County Council in January to help companies overcome the challenges caused by the pandemic, as part of the authority’s commitment to supporting the local economy. To date, […]

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