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Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit County Durham during its final journey through England ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates...

County Durham social worker champions deaf awareness

County Durham social worker champions deaf awareness

A north-east social worker has spoken of her experiences of being deaf and her role in supporting other people with hearing loss, as part of Deaf Awareness Week. Durham County Council social worker, Claire Hoggeth is raising awareness of the challenges faced by the...

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Work to regenerate disused land on the edge of a County Durham town with almost 60 new affordable homes is underway. Housing association believe housing is working with Partner Construction to deliver 59 high-quality homes in Peterlee, an area where it sees some of...

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

A young mum whose quick thinking and first-aid skills saved a man’s life, and an activist dedicated to improving his community, have been honoured for their actions. Megan James and David Kinch accepted the Chairman’s Medal, the highest accolade that Durham County...

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Two of County Durham’s most influential institutions have committed to strengthening their already successful partnership, by making their joint working agreement even more ambitious for the county’s economy and communities. Durham County Council and Durham University...

Believe Housing releases funding pot to support community projects

Believe Housing releases funding pot to support community projects

Community groups in County Durham can apply for up to £20,000 to support projects which have the power to change lives and communities. Housing association believe housing has £40,000 up for grabs, through its Large Community Capital Grants scheme. Applications for...

Climate Change Committee visits County Durham

Climate Change Committee visits County Durham

Representatives from a committee that advises the government on climate change have visited County Durham. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) found out how Durham County Council is working towards its net zero carbon...

East Durham recycling centre opening hours extended for summer

East Durham recycling centre opening hours extended for summer

Household Waste Recycling Centres in County Durham have extended their opening times for the upcoming summer months. Durham County Council-run recycling centres have switched to their summer hours, with most sites now open from 9am to 6pm. Those who are planning to...

East Durham residents urged to beware of scam callers

East Durham residents urged to beware of scam callers

Residents across County Durham are being urged to be on their guard against fraudsters trying to benefit from a national council tax rebate scheme. Durham County Council understands that callers, claiming to be from the authority, have asked residents for their bank...

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles, their many benefits and the importance of introducing more charging points were the focus of a special showcase event in County Durham. Rev Up the North – Electric Vehicle Charging in the North took place at Durham Town Hall and provided an...

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Council leaders have pledged their absolute commitment to securing more levelling up funding after a previous successful bid was held up as an example of best practice. Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed the second round of the £4.8 billion Levelling...

Suggestions sought for Easington Colliery enhancement project

Suggestions sought for Easington Colliery enhancement project

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...

Housing development at Wingate progressing well as 30 homes completed

Housing development at Wingate progressing well as 30 homes completed

Construction work is progressing well at a new Bellway development in Wingate, where more than 30 homes have been built. Wellfield Rise will eventually extend to 250 homes, on land off Wellfield Road in the village. Bellway will create a 20-acre public open space and...

Durham school children get a taste of the house building industry

Durham school children get a taste of the house building industry

Coxhoe Primary School welcomed Barratt Homes staff from local housing development, Burdon Green, to deliver a careers session on Monday to children aged 6 to eleven.  The session was designed by the leading housebuilder as part of National Apprenticeship Week to...

Durham County Council to invest millions in frontline services

Durham County Council to invest millions in frontline services

Plans to invest millions of pounds in frontline services, including highways, streets, parks and nature reserves, are to be discussed by councillors along with proposals to reduce carbon emissions. Members of Durham County Council will next week hear about the...

Durham the ideal location for first time buyers new figures show

Durham the ideal location for first time buyers new figures show

First-time buyers only need to borrow 2.7 times their salary to get on the property ladder in Durham, new figures show. The city ranks among the country’s most affordable locations, according to online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages. Homes in Durham typically command...

Flytipper fined for dumping fridges in County Durham layby

Flytipper fined for dumping fridges in County Durham layby

A man who was captured on CCTV repeatedly dumping fridges in a County Durham layby has been ordered to pay more than £1,700, received a suspended prison sentence and had his van seized. The footage showed Ian Gordon Charlton, of Selby Grove, Hartlepool disposing of a...

Coalfields Regeneration Trust announces senior appointment

Coalfields Regeneration Trust announces senior appointment

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the 5.7 million people living in former mining communities throughout the UK, has appointed Paula Snowdon as Regional Development Manager for the North East. Growing up in Easington...

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

Visitors to Cafe Together in Easington will continue to receive a warm welcome, friendship and support thanks to a £7,000 grant from believe housing. For more than seven years, the team of dedicated volunteers at Cafe Together have been providing low-cost, freshly...

Durham-based housebuilder donates £1,000 to village community centre

Durham-based housebuilder donates £1,000 to village community centre

A County Durham community centre in Cornforth has received a £1,000 donation from leading housebuilder, Barratt Developments North East. Located close to the housebuilder’s Burdon Green development in Coxhoe, The Cornforth Partnership provides community led services...

Two men fined after fridge-freezers flytipped in Horden

Two men fined after fridge-freezers flytipped in Horden

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £2,000 for flytipping offences after a number of fridge freezers were found dumped in a street in County Durham. Six fridges and fridge-freezes were found by one of Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens in the rear lane...

Thorn shines light on Durham Cathedral

Thorn shines light on Durham Cathedral

A revamp project is set to shine new light onto historic Durham Cathedral. A team has been working carefully to develop a new lighting scheme that will be more efficient and reduce carbon emissions by employing the latest LED technology. Durham County Council is...

Work begins on new transition unit at County Durham children’s home

Work begins on new transition unit at County Durham children’s home

Work is underway to create a new unit at a secure children's home in County Durham to help support young residents when they leave the centre. Following an announcement from the Government that it is investing an initial £12million to create new places in secure...

Generous council staff support children’s hospital services

Generous council staff support children’s hospital services

Charitable council staff have donated toys and equipment to help young people receiving care at a Durham City hospital. Kind-hearted members of Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks team collected gifts and essential equipment for the Tree Tops ward and Children’s...

Deadline approaches to apply for primary school places

Deadline approaches to apply for primary school places

Parents and carers in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for primary school places for their children. The deadline for applications for the next academic year, which starts in September, is Saturday 15 January. In order for a child...

Seaham company among first to benefit from electric vehicle loan scheme

Seaham company among first to benefit from electric vehicle loan scheme

Small businesses in County Durham are being invited to borrow an electric van, to experience for themselves the benefits of going green. Durham County Council’s low carbon economy and fleet teams are offering short term loans of electric vans to small and medium sized...

Council renews commitment to Armed Forces community

Council renews commitment to Armed Forces community

The north east’s largest council has again pledged its support to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Durham County Council first signed a localised Armed Forces Community Covenant in May 2012, promising to...

Scheme to enhance and regenerate Seaham to begin in the new year

Scheme to enhance and regenerate Seaham to begin in the new year

A scheme to deliver public space improvements in a County Durham seaside town will begin early in the new year. The final phase of the £1.6million Seaham Townscape Heritage Project, which is supported by funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is due to...

The greatest gift this Christmas could be saving a life

The greatest gift this Christmas could be saving a life

As Christmas approaches NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on families in the North East and Yorkshire to talk about organ donation and register their decision to help save lives. With some families hoping to get together for Christmas for the first time since the...

Awards success for New Elvet Bridge works

Awards success for New Elvet Bridge works

A scheme allowing essential repairs to be made to a County Durham bridge has been recognised for its innovation by an awarding body. New Elvet Bridge in Durham City reopened earlier this year following critical works to make the bridge structurally sound. The works...

Brave Harry from South Hetton lights up County Hall Christmas tree

Brave Harry from South Hetton lights up County Hall Christmas tree

A brave six-year-old has celebrated his first Christmas since finishing intense cancer treatment, by lighting up a Durham City Christmas Tree. Harry Coulson, from South Hetton, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at just three years old and has spent much...

Kind-hearted council staff to help children in hospital this Christmas

Kind-hearted council staff to help children in hospital this Christmas

Kind-hearted council staff are helping children in the region’s hospitals this Christmas through a charity appeal. Members of Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks team have got behind the charity Children’s Hospital Pyjamas, which collects donations of new items of...

Success of young people celebrated at DurhamWorks awards

Success of young people celebrated at DurhamWorks awards

Young people who have been supported into employment, training and education have been honoured at a County Durham awards ceremony. Seventeen young people received recognition for their successes in the DurhamWorks Achievement Awards in an online video. Seven prizes...

Two new show homes launched at Wingate housing development

Two new show homes launched at Wingate housing development

Bellway Durham has welcomed visitors to Wellfield Rise for the launch of its two new show homes. The Scrivener and Sawyer show homes were unveiled to the public on Saturday 23 October, providing buyers with the first opportunity to visit the Wingate development....

Key County Durham figures meet to sign climate pledge during COP26

Key County Durham figures meet to sign climate pledge during COP26

As world leaders gather in Glasgow over the next two weeks for the crucial COP26 summit, key figures in County Durham got together to pledge their own efforts to tackle climate change. More than 70 attendees, including representatives from Durham County Council,...

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Almost 200 high-quality, affordable homes are set to be delivered across County Durham. Durham County Council has teamed up with housing providers to meet demand, with the building of properties all over the local authority area now close to completion. The council...

Durham’s New Elvet Bridge reopens after full refurbishment

Durham’s New Elvet Bridge reopens after full refurbishment

Durham's New Elvet Bridge has reopened following a full refurbishment. The key city centre bridge closed in July 2020 for essential works, including extensive repairs to ensure the bridge remains structurally sound. With work complete, the bridge is being reopened to...

BVA puts the welfare needs of reptiles in the spotlight

BVA puts the welfare needs of reptiles in the spotlight

This National Reptile Awareness Day (October 21st), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging all owners to ensure they are meeting the welfare needs of their scaly pets and for anyone considering buying a reptile to #ThinkTwice and speak to a vet for advice....

Plans for £8m housing development in Peterlee submitted

Plans for £8m housing development in Peterlee submitted

Plans for a new £8 million affordable housing development in a County Durham town have been submitted for approval. The move will see proposals for 59 new two, three and four bedroomed homes and bungalows in Peterlee considered by Durham County Council planning...

Proposals submitted to review reopening of Ferryhill railway station

Proposals submitted to review reopening of Ferryhill railway station

A North East council has submitted proposals to the government to consider the reopening of a town’s railway station. Durham County Council has submitted proposals for Ferryhill after the government allocated £500 million to restore railways and reconnect communities...

Prince Bishop’s Place raise over £3,000 for family cancer charity

Prince Bishop’s Place raise over £3,000 for family cancer charity

Prince Bishops Place’s ever popular umbrella street has been a huge success this year, raising over £3,000 for Team Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust. Customers were encouraged to purchase a wooden tag supplied by retailer, Elvet and Bailey, for a £5 minimum...

Durham through to next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 bidding process

Durham through to next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 bidding process

News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid. Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced its longlist of eight locations that...

Man fined for dealing scrap metal without a licence

Man fined for dealing scrap metal without a licence

A man has been ordered to pay over £500 after he was found trading as a scrap metal dealer without a licence. Durham County Council took legal action against Jackson Bainbridge, of School Road in Houghton-le-Spring, after police discovered and seized a damaged vehicle...

Seaham among eight pilot locations selected for heritage project

Seaham among eight pilot locations selected for heritage project

County Durham residents are being given the chance to nominate the important local buildings and heritage items which they value the most. Durham County Council’s Local List project aims to seek out previously unidentified treasures across County Durham that members...

Yankee Candle opens its doors at Dalton Park

Yankee Candle opens its doors at Dalton Park

World-renowned scented candle brand, Yankee Candle, has become the latest new store to open at Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination. Stocking its hugely popular range of glass jar candles, homeware fragrance, accessories and gifts, the UK’s best loved candle brand...

Partnership aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in Horden

Partnership aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in Horden

Tackling neighbourhood nuisances and improving quality of life in a County Durham village are at the heart of a new partnership. Horden Together will see a range of organisations working closely with residents to address the issues and concerns that matter most to...

National coronavirus pandemic recognition for Durham County Council

National coronavirus pandemic recognition for Durham County Council

A North East council has received national recognition for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Durham County Council has been highly commended in two categories at the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2021. The awards celebrate the best in local public...

Illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized from properties in Blackhall

Illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized from properties in Blackhall

Illicit cigarettes and tobacco with a legitimate market value of more than £100,000 have been uncovered as part of an investigation. Durham County Council Trading Standards officers seized the items while executing warrants at three addresses in Blackhall Colliery and...

Prestigious national accolade for Kimmitt Lettings

Prestigious national accolade for Kimmitt Lettings

Leading letting agent, Kimmitt Lettings are proud to announce that it has been awarded exclusive membership of The Guild of Property Professionals for Houghton Le Spring, Seaham and Peterlee. The Guild is a nationwide network of approaching 800 leading estate &...

Dalton Park officially unveils new children’s playground

Dalton Park officially unveils new children’s playground

Dalton Park is proud to unveil its exciting new children’s playground. It was officially opened by Durham County Council’s Cllr Robert Adcock-Forster and Cllr Julie Griffiths, along with Dalton Park’s Operations Manager Jackie Johnson and Sophie Hardy, Placemaking,...

Final homes at Seaham housing development sold

Final homes at Seaham housing development sold

The final homes have now been sold at a development in Seaham, as construction reaches the final stages. Bellway is delivering a collection of 75 three and four-bedroom homes at Byron Heights, off Dalton Heights Road, including six properties being provided as...

Council tackles arson hit dog track in Wheatley Hill

Council tackles arson hit dog track in Wheatley Hill

An abandoned greyhound racing track, which had become a hub for anti-social behaviour, has been cleared with support from Durham County Council. Since its closure in 2019, following a fire in one of its buildings, the former Wheatley Hill Greyhound Racing Track on...

Durham County Council set to appoint new chief executive

Durham County Council set to appoint new chief executive

A new Chief Executive looks set to lead the north east’s largest council. The Chief Officer Appointments Committee at Durham County Council has advised that John Hewitt is their recommended candidate for Chief Executive following an appointment process. John has been...

Flood prevention scheme protects village entry route

Flood prevention scheme protects village entry route

An £80,000 scheme to reduce the impact of flooding on one of only two roads into a County Durham village has been completed. During periods of heavy rainfall, the road linking Shadforth to the neighbouring village of Ludworth is frequently submerged in floodwater,...

Time running out for community groups to tap into funding programme

Time running out for community groups to tap into funding programme

A deadline is fast approaching for community groups to bid for up to £10,000 from a programme that has already distributed more than £150,000 to good causes across County Durham during the coronavirus pandemic. believe housing’s successful community programme was...

County Durham launches bid to be UK City of Culture 2025

County Durham launches bid to be UK City of Culture 2025

County Durham has today (Monday) launched its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 – with the hope the accolade will provide a major boost for the whole north east region. The initial bid is being submitted by Durham County Council on behalf of Culture Durham, a...

Demolition of former Easington Colliery Primary School to begin

Demolition of former Easington Colliery Primary School to begin

The demolition of an eyesore building that has blighted a County Durham community for more than 20 years is set to begin this month. The former Easington Colliery Primary School, in Seaside Lane, has stood empty since 1997. With various owners failing to find a viable...

New name for Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

New name for Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre has been renamed Prince Bishops Place. Over the coming weeks customers will see the refreshed branding replacing the original colour depiction of St Cuthbert’s Cross with a new, contemporary version on signs, in the car park, on...

More TV chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

More TV chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

Top television chefs Chris Baber and John Whaite are joining the line-up at this summer’s Seaham Food Festival. The TV favourites will head to the County Durham coast alongside cooking stalwart Rosemary Shrager and the county’s very own Masterchef contestant, Mike...

Reading scheme to boost wellbeing for long Covid patients

Reading scheme to boost wellbeing for long Covid patients

Patients being treated for long-term effects of coronavirus in County Durham and Darlington are benefitting from a new mental health and wellbeing initiative. The Reading Well initiative, by The Reading Agency, is providing book collections to support patients in the...