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Lifeguards and swimming teachers feed those in need

by Craig Martin on 4 April, 2020

Lifeguards and swimming teachers from a County Durham leisure centre are helping feed people in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. A group of staff from Durham County Council’s Spennymoor Leisure Centre have been helping run a county food bank, while their permanent workplace is closed due to COVID-19. And one of the four is now […]

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Community and voluntary groups can now access an additional £1.4 million of funding to help provide much-needed support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Durham County Council is giving each of its 14 area action partnerships (AAP) an extra £100,000 to allocate to groups who are working hard to provide support at a grass roots level across […]

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Budget

by Craig Martin on 23 March, 2020

Since the beginning of austerity this is the first budget where we’ve had an increase in Government funding. A series of one off spending commitments meant the Council had around an additional £17 million to use. Particularly aimed at dealing with the funding issues around care of the elderly, higher needs funding, and looked after […]

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Historic Norman Cornish mural moved to its new home

by Craig Martin on 18 March, 2020

An iconic mural, commissioned by Durham County Council to mark the opening of County Hall in 1963, has been successfully moved to its new home in Bishop Auckland. The painting by Norman Cornish, one of the most respected and much-loved artists to emerge from the North East, depicts the arrival of the banners at Durham […]

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Issues with dogs are on the decline in County Durham

by Craig Martin on 16 March, 2020

Work to encourage dog owners to be more responsible has seen a welcome fall in the number of complaints about dog fouling and stray dogs in County Durham. Durham County Council launched a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in 2017 to tackle issues such as dog fouling and stray dogs, making it an offence to […]

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Hear from County Durham’s excavating experts

by Craig Martin on 12 March, 2020

Experts who dig into County Durham’s rich history are inviting the public to a special day dedicated to archaeology. Archaeology Day on Saturday 21 March will celebrate the wonderful historical finds that have helped people understand County Durham’s deep past. Organised by Durham County Council’s archaeology section, the day will see a series of speakers […]

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Ahead of the budget, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to scrap business rates, replace them with a landowner levy and “breathe new life” into high streets in County Durham. Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, has warned that “the retail sector sounded the alarm bell on business rates a long time ago and […]

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Employers invited to support their working carers

by Craig Martin on 29 February, 2020

A scheme is being offered to organisations to help employers support members of their workforce who are also unpaid carers. Durham County Council’s Employers for Carers scheme is an umbrella partnership with Darlington Borough Council and Carers UK to ensure small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are well-equipped with the tools to support their employees who […]

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A North East council is using rubber waste from worn tyres to create more durable and environmentally friendly road surfaces. Durham County Council is working with its road surfacing contractor, Rainton Construction, to create what it believes are the first roads in the country to be resurfaced with more than one recyclable material. Over the […]

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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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