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The Durham Miners Association Funding

by Craig Martin on 5 August, 2019

July’s Cabinet tabled a report requesting just over £1 million from Durham County Council to refurbish Redhills. This miner’s hall that hosted the Pitman’s Parliament is in major need of substantial repairs. The funding is part a bid totaling almost £7 million, with money expected to come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We discovered […]

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Fir Tree Northlands Roundabout

by Craig Martin on 5 August, 2019

The living Christmas Tree located on Northlands roundabout has sadly died. What was left of it has been removed. The planting of a permanent tree was intended to be a more sustainable and cheaper alternative to having a disposable one. The Council’s Clean and Green team do not like to watch a project fail and […]

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County Plan

by Craig Martin on 12 July, 2019

Durham County Council’s long-awaited second attempt of getting a planning policy faced its first electoral test in front of County Councillors. On 19th June a vote was held on whether the plan should be moved onto the next stage for independent review. This was approved with most opposition Councillors voting against it. I couldn’t support […]

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A1M bridge improvement work

by Craig Martin on 12 July, 2019

This will be resuming during July. Highways England held an event for residents to drop into and have their question answered. They stated that the difficulties they faced they didn’t genuinely know how to solve them. This is the reason we haven’t heard anything from them in a while. They have entered into an agreement […]

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Climate Emergency

by Craig Martin on 12 May, 2019

Proposals have been put before the council to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and set targets as to when Durham County Council will become carbon neutral. These have been set to 60% carbon neutral by 2030 and 100% carbon neutral by 2050. Myself and the Lib Dems believe these aims lack ambition and we should aim […]

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Drum Businesses Meet to Discuss Road Death

by Craig Martin on 24 March, 2019

A special meeting of the Drum Business Group was called to discuss the death of a motorcyclist within the industrial estate. Businesses within the estate have repeatably raised concerns about how parked lorries and burger vans cause dangerous situations. The motorcyclist collided with a stationary lorry while they using the estate as a short cut. […]

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Budget 2019 Report

by Craig Martin on 26 February, 2019

Another Council Budget brought forward with warnings of further cuts and increasing pressures. Although there were several last minute injections of funding to plug gaps in highways and adult social care. Council tax will increased by the maximum it can across the board. Main uncertainties going forward are Fair Funding Review not being favourable for […]

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Consultation on Council’s Future Ambitions

by Craig Martin on 28 January, 2019

Durham County Council have begun consulting on their future vision. It has been 10 years since the Council’s current objectives have been set. The world and our communities have changed and they need updating. The chief concern I raised that the future plan needs to have a fair and equal approach to all of County […]

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Housing Vigo Lane Piling has been taking place, directly behind homes located on Vigo Lane. The situation has been horrific for those living there. I have been and visited the houses during this period. The Council have provided next to no help in supporting residents. Apart from monitoring the vibrations and they’re all within British […]

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Front Street Flats At the last meeting of the Planning North Committee, a proposal was put forward to convert the first floor of the former Co-Op department store into 14 flats. I did have concerns about such a proposal as it came with no parking at all. But when looking at the property market on […]

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