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Adopters needed to give children a loving home

by Craig Martin on 12 November, 2019

“To be able to adopt a child, especially a child with behavioural issues or a learning difficulty you need to be determined, to have empathy and be honest about what you can take on, but the most important things are to have a loving heart and mind and you’ll be amazing.” That is the message […]

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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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Keeping man’s best friend off the street

by Craig Martin on 15 October, 2019

The number of stray dogs found in County Durham continues to decrease as partnership working keeps man’s best friend safely off the streets. Durham County Council in the past three years has seen a significant reduction of 29 per cent in stray dogs being picked up in the county. On 1 June 2017, a Public […]

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Northlands Fir Tree

by Craig Martin on 13 October, 2019

The fir tree planted on the Northlands Roundabout sadly died and has been removed. Cllr Craig Martin has questioned why this ended up happening. Responses indicate that more could have been done by the Council to have a living fir tree survive. The Council’s Clean and Green team hate to see a project fail and […]

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Cycle Path Diversion

by Craig Martin on 8 October, 2019

Highways England continue their work by Picktree LodgeWork overnight no longer required following an agreement made with Sustrans A diversion on the cycle path, that includes new footpaths, will be installed by Highways England Highways England’s work on strengthening bridges is set to begin again. Their compound located at the entrance of Picktree Lodge will […]

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Council campaign rewards travel by bike

by Craig Martin on 6 October, 2019

Visitors to customer access points, libraries and leisure centres around County Durham can pick up free cycling rewards this autumn as an incentive to get on their bikes. Durham County Council is offering anyone who cycles to one of its libraries, customer access points or leisure centres which have cycle parking facilities a free bike […]

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Campaign to make pharmacies the first port of call

by Craig Martin on 6 October, 2019

A campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the services and expert advice on offer in County Durham pharmacies. There are currently 126 pharmacies in the county that provide a large variety of services, ranging from advice on and the treatment of many minor ailments, to guidance about medicine and stop smoking and drug […]

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