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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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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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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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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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Apprenticeship Retention

by Craig Martin on 12 November, 2019

Durham County Council has been celebrating its continued success in providing training experiences within the organisation. There are now 327 apprentices working for the Council, increase from last years figure of 121. I questioned what the Council is doing to ensure that they have a job to go to following their training. As too often […]

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Growing success for green community projects

by Craig Martin on 10 November, 2019

Applications for funding will soon open to community groups in County Durham aimed at making a positive impact in their local area. From Monday 4 November, volunteer run horticultural projects can apply for up to £500 from Durham County Council’s civic pride team, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme […]

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Residents reminded to dispose of batteries correctly

by Craig Martin on 10 November, 2019

County Durham residents and businesses are being reminded to dispose of batteries, mobile phones, cleaning products and solvents safely. Durham County Council is urging people to recycle or dispose of batteries and household solvents correctly and not to put them in their rubbish or recycling wheeled bins. Batteries and solvents contain hazardous materials. As well […]

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Poppies on Street Lights as new Remembrance Group Created

by Craig Martin on 6 November, 2019

Poppies have been fixed to the street lights around the North Lodge area of Chester-le-Street. This marks the beginning of the Remembrance period and the creation of the North Lodge Remembrance Group started by Christopher Veitch, a resident concerned that following last year’s centenary we will see a climb down in the significance of 11th […]

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