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Sixth form students have been praised after A-level results across County Durham improved yet again. Overall attainment in the county has improved year-on-year since 2016, with many schools and colleges reporting an overall increase in both the numbers of students achieving A* to B grades and getting into their first-choice universities. County Durham’s overall point […]

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County Durham welcomes the home-coming Azuma

by Craig Martin on 4 August, 2019

New high-speed trains built in the county came home last night when an Azuma stopped at Durham for the first time. London North Eastern Railway’s (LNER) new fleet, which employs Japanese bullet train technology, was built by Hitachi’s UK manufacturing team at the company’s 700 staff site at Newton Aycliffe. Hitachi – which this week […]

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From 19th May Chester-le-Street Railway station will have an extra weekday service to Newcastle. The 2.15pm to Newcastle will operate all throughout the week rather than just Saturdays. Lib Dem County Councillor Craig Martin has been campaigning for an improved rail service and welcomes the change. “After threats of cutting services, I’m overjoyed that they’ve […]

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Bus Service Changes for Chester-le-Street

by Craig Martin on 26 April, 2019

Some minor changes to our bus service from 19th May 2019: Go North East Service 21 – Durham to Newcastle – timetable revised. Additional journeys on Fri/Sat evenings due to higher passenger numbers. Go North East Service 36 – Castletown to Chester le Street – revised to operate between Chester le Street and Houghton le […]

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Public Art in Town Centre

by Craig Martin on 14 April, 2019

Plans are being discussed to introduce a major piece of public art with the deculverting of the market place. I’ve made repeated calls for this not to happen, as I do not believe public opinion is behind such a proposal. Residents do not generally have confidence in this project being a success overall, from past […]

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Operator sought for Chester-le-Street market

by Craig Martin on 9 April, 2019

Regular specialist markets could be introduced in a County Durham town if a new operator can be found. Durham County Council is appealing to businesses, community groups and other organisations interested in taking on the management of Chester-le-Street market. Until recently, the market was managed by a private company on the council’s behalf. However, its […]

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Partners pledge to tackle single use plastics

by Craig Martin on 17 March, 2019

The region’s largest council and a number of its partners have signed a collective new pledge as part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate single use plastics. Representatives from Durham County Council were joined at its County Hall headquarters by a number of businesses and partner organisations to sign the bespoke local pledge for County […]

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Predominately I’ve been acting as a middle man, putting organisations in touch with those that can support their goals. Also supporting local companies to get access to Durham County Council’s procurement processes, giving them a chance to be a supplier to one of the biggest organisations in the area. This accumulated into a new shop […]

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No Plans to Improve Roads Recent figures reviewing the Council’s progress with highways work shows an alarming position regarding the unclassified road network. There has been no improvement in roads that need maintenance (20%) and Durham County Council consider this to be very good. Highlighted as green in performance indicators. I raised the point that […]

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Building to Start at 7.30

by Craig Martin on 8 July, 2018

Cllr Craig Martin will be fighting against this change, residents need to be protected from noisy construction sites. ● Council colludes with developers, with no thought for residents ● Change to standard construction start time with no consultation, is not acceptable to the Lib Dems Durham County Council have changed the standard start time for […]

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