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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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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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Councillors and stakeholders are to be given the opportunity to contribute to a review of the future of a treasured regimental collection. Durham County Council is holding a meeting next week at which its members and invited interested parties will be given the chance to feed into the review of options for the display and […]

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Have a small electrical item collecting dust in your home? Residents in County Durham can now drop off unwanted electricals for recycling. Durham County Council has launched a new recycling project where residents can drop off small electrical or battery-operated items at one of 17 collection points across the county. Working in partnership with Valpak, […]

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Search to find environmental heroes for 2021 awards

by Craig Martin on 10 June, 2021

Individuals, groups and businesses who have gone the extra mile to help improve the environment in County Durham in the past year are being invited to be recognised at a special awards ceremony. Today sees the launch of the 2021 County Durham Environment Awards, an annual event rewarding projects that demonstrate great design, environmental guardianship […]

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Improving the County Durham Pound

by Craig Martin on 24 February, 2021

Durham County Council have formulated a new process for procuring goods and services. One that directly promotes organisations based in County Durham, employs those living within the County, and helps to deal with the climate emergency. The Council’s procurement process has always had a ‘social values’ clause that promotes this. But it is now quantifiable, […]

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Nearly 100 businesses in County Durham have significantly improved their energy efficiency in the last year, thanks to a project which helps save on running costs by reducing carbon emissions. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Durham County Council’s Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) team was able to support 97 SMEs during 2020. Using […]

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