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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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Tree planting scheme nears completion

by Craig Martin on 10 February, 2021

Work to plant thousands of new trees across green spaces in County Durham is set to be completed in the next few weeks. Durham County Council will finish a significant tree planting programme as part of the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund. Almost £500,000 was awarded to the council last year after the authority […]

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End the Secrecy at County Hall

by Craig Martin on 26 January, 2021

I backed an attempt, by County Councillors, to create a process that brings council papers, hidden from public view, into the public domain. So that when the need to keep them secret no longer exists, they can be accessed. This proposal was rejected by the County Council. As it stands part B papers (documents not […]

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Chester-le-Street Market at Risk of Failing

by Craig Martin on 26 January, 2021

COVID restrictions and competition are putting the current lease holders of the market place at risk of failing. Currently two organisations run the market place. If one has to withdraw from the agreement, the whole contract is cancelled and new contracts will have to be drawn up. Whatever happens, Durham County Council have committed to […]

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Maximising the value of every County Durham pound

by Craig Martin on 6 January, 2021

Maximising the value of every pound spent in County Durham is key to developing a sustainable economy and driving forward recovery, councillors will hear. Next week, Durham County Council’s Cabinet will receive an update on the progress and next steps for Social Value and Local Wealth Building (The County Durham Pound) project and the important […]

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100 cherry trees to blossom at Riverside Park

by Craig Martin on 6 January, 2021

One hundred cherry trees have been planted at a County Durham park, marking 150 years of friendship between Japan and the UK. As part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project, Durham County Council has worked with sponsors NSK to ensure County Durham was included in the scheme to plant more than 5,000 trees throughout the […]

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