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Road Closure Blind Lane

by Craig Martin on 25 July, 2020

The A693 is to be closed between Junction 63 Interchange and Northlands roundabout. A diversion route will be in operation via A167 & Park Road North. There will also be a partial outer ring Lane closure on the Roundabout & a Lane 1 closure on the Northbound exit slip during working hours. Works are to […]

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Extension Picktree Lodge

by Craig Martin on 25 June, 2020

Kitchen, dining, bedroom and en-suite extension to rear and alterations. Full details of the application are contained in the following link and search using the reference DM/20/01278/FPA: https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/ Further information on how to comment on planning applications can be found: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/8276/Find-a-planning-application

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Extension Appledore Gardens

by Craig Martin on 19 May, 2020

2 Storey extension to the side and rear of the property and an adjoiningsingle story extension to the rear. Removal of an internal load bearing wall to create an open plan Day Room / Kitchen to the rear of the property. Full details of the application is contained in the following link and searching using […]

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Special deliveries support families

by Craig Martin on 5 April, 2020

A local authority’s family service is helping vulnerable children to do creative things with their families during the coronavirus lockdown, by delivering fun packs direct to their door. Staff from Durham County Council’s One Point Service, including its team at Seaham, have created the art and craft packs to help children get creative at home, […]

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Budget

by Craig Martin on 23 March, 2020

Since the beginning of austerity this is the first budget where we’ve had an increase in Government funding. A series of one off spending commitments meant the Council had around an additional £17 million to use. Particularly aimed at dealing with the funding issues around care of the elderly, higher needs funding, and looked after […]

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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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