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Suggestions sought for Easington Colliery enhancement project

Mar 24, 2022 | Local News

People in Easington Colliery are being encouraged to share their views on how the area could be enhanced.

Durham County Council’s Community Action Team is inviting residents and businesses to have their say on which issues it should focus on, as it begins an 11-week programme to tackle issues in the neighbourhood, from empty properties and rubbish, to anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance.

Officers from a range of council teams will be in the area until Sunday 5 June, working with partner organisations including Durham Constabulary, Easington Colliery Parish Council and housing associations to address residents’ concerns.

The project will begin with two weeks of public engagement, during which residents are encouraged to share the issues which matter most to them.

Feedback can be given in several ways:

  • An initial survey will be promoted on social media, on the council’s website and in letters which will be sent to a specific residential area, which is known to have a high proportion of private lets with environmental issues. The survey can be accessed at durham.gov.uk/cat
  • In person at face-to-face events on:
    • Friday 25 March between 10am and 2pm at Easington Colliery Welfare Hall, 47 Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, SR8 3PL
    • Tuesday 29 March between 4pm and 6pm at the Band Room, Ascot Street, Easington Colliery, SR8 3RU.
  • Emails can be sent to: communityactionteam@durham.gov.uk
  • Residents can request a phone call back from a community action team officer by emailing communityactionteam@durham.gov.uk or calling 03000 260 000.

Information collected from the engagement period will be used to agree priority actions, which will then be implemented during seven weeks of work in the area.

Cllr John Shuttleworth, the council’s Cabinet member for rural communities and highways, including community safety, said: “Our Community Action projects allow us to tackle a variety of housing and environmental issues by working together with residents and partners. Using our combined knowledge, skills and resources enables us to make more substantial enhancements, which bring long-term benefits to communities.

“We want to hear which issues most affect Easington Colliery residents, so that we can focus our efforts on local priorities and really make a difference where it’s most needed and wanted.”

Further information about the community action project and the work taking place at Easington Colliery is available at www.durham.gov.uk/cat