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Failing to cooperate with fly-tipping investigations has cost five people a total of £2,600. Durham County Council took enforcement action against the three men and two women after they failed to assist neighbourhood wardens investigating the illegal disposal of waste at sites across the county. These included an incident near Cornsay Village, where a washing […]

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Reduced Bus Service to Durham

by Craig Martin on 16 February, 2020

A revision of the bus timetables has resulted in the 21 service running between Durham and Newcastle to be reduced in half during the day on weekdays. While the X21 is to be increased in return, a service that does not operate from any bus stop within the North Lodge area. I cannot support such […]

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Resurfacing Cut, Lyndhurst Avenue to North Road

by Craig Martin on 2 February, 2020

The cut linking Lyndhurst Avenue to the bus stop on North Road is scheduled to be completely repaired. The work is currently scheduled to start on 4th May and expected to take 9 days to complete. I have received a number of complaints about the state of this cut and was making enquiries with the […]

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County Durham energy saving work shown off to Swedes

by Craig Martin on 14 January, 2020

A Scandinavian delegation has visited County Durham to learn about pioneering energy efficiency techniques. A team from Sweden has visited sites owned and managed by Durham County Council to see first-hand the innovative software it employs to reduce energy use, and is now promising to roll out some of what it learnt back home. The […]

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Western Relief Road Call In

by Craig Martin on 29 December, 2019

Durham County Council’s Cabinet have put forward a funding proposal so that work can begin on building a Western Relief road around Durham City. This is a project included within the County Plan predicted to cost £35 million, it will connect A691 at Sniperley Park and Ride with B6302 Broom Lane. A colleague of mine […]

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Verge Hardening, Camperdown and Rickleton Avenue

by Craig Martin on 29 December, 2019

Durham County Council will be continuing their verge hardening work to the estate. The diagram indicates the areas the work will be done. In these areas, the footpath and grass verge will be completely replaced with tarmac. The work is expected to begin at the start of January. As stated previously, the key reason this […]

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Community and voluntary projects in the Chester-le-Street district can apply for a share of £25,000. Durham County Council’s Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) have launched their It’s Up 2 U- Community Grants Scheme, open till Monday 3 February 2020. The £25,000 available will be split in to two pots, one of £15,000 and […]

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Spend Our Surplus

by Craig Martin on 14 December, 2019

Under spend of £11 million in Council’s budgetCllr Craig Martin calls for it to be spent on community rather than swelling reserves Figures for the Council’s end of year position for 2018 – 2019 have been released. Lib Dem Cllr Craig Martin challenged Labour to spend this money on investment suggested by Councillors from all […]

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Craig Got It Fixed

by Craig Martin on 29 November, 2019

Craig has had a footpath rebuilt – long overdue maintenance between Park Place and Highfield Crescent “If the Council aren’t going to repair our footpaths, I’ll use my Neighbourhood Budget for it. I was brought up in the area and I can never remember a time when this footpath was in a good condition. I’m […]

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New Council Vision

by Craig Martin on 17 November, 2019

During the last meeting of County Council we voted on a new vision for Durham County Council for the next 15 years. It has 3 key aims: More and Better Jobs, People Live Long and Independent Lives, and Connected Communities. I’ve been campaigning to ensure that this vision is lot fairer than our previous one. […]

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