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Comments from Durham County Councillor Mark Wilkes (Lib Dem, Framwellgate & Newton Hall). “At our last Economy and Enterprise scrutiny meeting I raised specific concerns that the governments discretionary business grant scheme was underspent by 50% in County Durham. “I also mentioned that there were many businesses not getting the help that they needed. These […]

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Bollard to Protect Steps

by Craig Martin on 31 July, 2020

A bollard with reflectors will be installed at the Highfield Crescent side of the steps that link to Park Place. A time frame hasn’t been set as to when this will be installed. This follows concerns that were raised to me by residents that vehicles coming down Highfield Crescent are not fully aware of the […]

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Thank You

by Craig Martin on 31 July, 2020

Thank you to all the key workers, members of the community that followed the government guidance, and for residents that supported vulnerable family members and neighbours during this crisis. North Lodge and Chester-le-Street’s community spirit has shone through After such a difficult few months, with many losing loved ones in our community, things are slowly […]

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Plot 6, Site Of Former Pelaw Grange Cottage North Road Chester-le-Street DH3 2AD. Erection of detached house. Full details of the application are contained in the following link and search using the reference DM/20/01976/RM: https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/ Further information on how to comment on planning applications can be found: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/8276/Find-a-planning-application

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School protects care services with council grant

by Craig Martin on 27 July, 2020

A Chester-le-Street secondary school is creating vital protective equipment for carers and key workers, using funding awarded through a council partnership. Park View School received a grant of £8,772 to enable its Design Faculty to produce essential visors which it is donating to doctors’ surgeries and care homes. The money was managed through Durham County […]

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Road Closure Blind Lane

by Craig Martin on 25 July, 2020

The A693 is to be closed between Junction 63 Interchange and Northlands roundabout. A diversion route will be in operation via A167 & Park Road North. There will also be a partial outer ring Lane closure on the Roundabout & a Lane 1 closure on the Northbound exit slip during working hours. Works are to […]

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A business expert with a track record in helping small companies achieve their ambitions has been appointed chair of an economic recovery taskforce in County Durham. Simon Hanson, development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will lead the taskforce, which has been set up by County Durham Economic Partnership (CDEP) in response to […]

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Council staff with a learning disability are playing a valuable role in encouraging their peers to talk about cancer, by starring in a regional awareness video. The Be Cancer Aware video sees Ben Newton, Julia Smith and Paul James, from Durham County Council’s Adult and Health Services Engagement Team, alongside other community representatives, describing common […]

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Unauthorised Encampments Seven Acres Field

by Craig Martin on 11 July, 2020

An ongoing problem of members of the Gypsy, Traveller, and Roma community staying overnight on the field opposite the BP garage occurred again during the lockdown. Many members of the community enjoy walking their dogs and using the field for exercise but this is spoiled by the rubbish and broken glass left behind. Despite previous […]

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Praise for County Durham’s young people

by Craig Martin on 6 July, 2020

Young people across County Durham have been recognised for their commitment to their communities. More than 1,500 youngsters from across the county signed up to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award between April 2019 and 31 March this year. Between them, they gave almost 15,000 hours of their time to the award – volunteering within their […]

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