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Haswell charity tackles isolation thanks to housing association grant

Haswell charity tackles isolation thanks to housing association grant

A County Durham charity has helped people with learning disabilities, and their families, beat isolation during coronavirus thanks to support from believe housing. Haswell Mencap has supported 50 families who faced the challenge of being alone during the pandemic....

Training courses enhance work to preserve Seaham’s heritage

Training courses enhance work to preserve Seaham’s heritage

The first in a series of training courses providing top tips on how to repair and maintain historic buildings has taken place in a County Durham seaside town. Durham County Council has teamed up with East Durham College to deliver heritage construction training...

Soldiers’ stories brought to life for Remembrance

Soldiers’ stories brought to life for Remembrance

An interactive programme which uses actors, virtual sessions and objects to tell the stories of County Durham soldiers has been produced to teach children the importance of Remembrance. Durham County Council and the Durham Light Infantry Collection (DLI) have put...

Work starts on 250-property housing development in Wingate

Work starts on 250-property housing development in Wingate

Construction work is starting at a new residential development in Wingate after plans were approved by the local authority. Bellway has planning permission to build 250 new homes at the site off High Grange Way in the village, which is nine miles to the east of...

County Durham prepares for winter despite the mild conditions

County Durham prepares for winter despite the mild conditions

Preparations for winter are already well underway in County Durham. In order to keep the region moving over the colder months, Durham County Council has its 76 strong fleet of gritters and snowblowers ready and waiting on standby. The winter maintenance team is now...

Former East Durham College student lands her dream teaching job

Former East Durham College student lands her dream teaching job

A former East Durham College student has landed her dream job seven years after making the decision she wanted to work with children and signed up for a childcare course. Lauren Crampton, aged 23, from Coxhoe, joined EDC from Framwellgate School Durham school to study...

Jayne receives MBE for efforts to reduce suicide across County Durham

Jayne receives MBE for efforts to reduce suicide across County Durham

A key figure in an initiative to reduce suicide in County Durham has been left stunned after receiving an MBE. Jayne Adamson, who works for County Durham-based believe housing, was awarded the prestigious accolade for services to housing and suicide prevention in the...

North East calls for local restrictions change on childcare

North East calls for local restrictions change on childcare

Leaders across the North East have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling on him to amend new local COVID-19 restriction measures to allow families to continue their usual childcare arrangements. Seven local authorities came together to request stricter...

New partnership set to help people live independently for longer

New partnership set to help people live independently for longer

A collaboration between two of the north east’s largest home providers is set to find new ways that technology can help more people live independently for longer. County Durham based housing associations believe housing and Karbon Homes are bringing together experts...

Work to start on £11m affordable housing scheme in Easington Village

Work to start on £11m affordable housing scheme in Easington Village

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are set to be built in Easington Village in an £11m construction project for believe housing. A mix of family houses and bungalows is set to be built on the site of the long-demolished Easington working men’s club in Seaside Lane. The...

Eleven new neighbourhood wardens employed across County Durham

Eleven new neighbourhood wardens employed across County Durham

A North East council has employed 11 new neighbourhood wardens to help it keep enviro-crime and anti-social behaviour under control. Durham County Council has invested £500,000 in the recruitment of the wardens as part of its efforts to ensure previous reductions in...

Works starts on £2.25m regeneration scheme in Seaham

Works starts on £2.25m regeneration scheme in Seaham

Work is underway to enhance a seaside town’s rich heritage as part of a £2.25 million regeneration scheme. Durham County Council launched the Seaham Townscape Heritage Project last November after securing a £1.6 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund...

East Durham residents urged not to miss out on their chance to vote

East Durham residents urged not to miss out on their chance to vote

As part of County Durham’s electoral register update, canvassers will be visiting households that have not yet responded to the annual request for information. Last month, Durham County Council sent letters to all homes in the county asking residents to check the...

New Morrisons store at Dalton Park will bring with it 150 new jobs

New Morrisons store at Dalton Park will bring with it 150 new jobs

Confirmation that a new Morrisons store will open in County Durham by the end of the year has been welcomed by Durham County Council. The new store will open at Dalton Park in Seaham, creating 150 jobs and providing essential community services to the area. At a time...

Housing association recognised for the support it gives to veterans

Housing association recognised for the support it gives to veterans

One of the north east’s largest housing associations has been recognised for the support it gives to veterans, reservists and their spouses. believe housing has picked up a silver award in the armed forces Employer Recognition Scheme. The County Durham-based housing...

Five years of perfect pass rates for East Durham College students

Five years of perfect pass rates for East Durham College students

East Durham College has announced that A Level students at the college’s sixth form, ED6, have achieved 100 per cent pass rate this year, the fifth consecutive year that students at the college have achieved this milestone. In addition, all students at the sixth form...

Redundant site in Seaham transformed into low-cost housing development

Redundant site in Seaham transformed into low-cost housing development

A redundant site in the Parkside area of Seaham has been transformed with 48 new low-cost homes by a leading housing association. The 30 family homes and 18 bungalows have been built on a brown field site in Heathway by Seaham based believe housing. The last new...

New app showcases the history and heritage of Seaham

New app showcases the history and heritage of Seaham

A new app will showcase the sites and stories of Seaham to visitors. Durham County Council have commissioned heritage app specialists At Creative to produce a smartphone app, aimed at encouraging locals and visitors alike to explore the history and heritage of Seaham....

Seaham housing development proves popular as half of the homes sell

Seaham housing development proves popular as half of the homes sell

Half of the homes have now sold at a new development in Seaham, showing the strength of the property market in the area. Five-star housebuilder Bellway Durham is currently building 75 new three and four-bedroom houses at its Byron Heights development, which is located...

Durham leader to join global meeting on climate change and coronavirus

Durham leader to join global meeting on climate change and coronavirus

Climate change and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel and work will be the focus of a virtual meeting spanning three countries next week. Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen in Germany and Christopher...

Seaham and Peterlee Specsavers stores now open for routine testing

Seaham and Peterlee Specsavers stores now open for routine testing

Specsavers stores in England, including the optical and audiology services in Seaham and Peterlee, have reopend for routine testing. This follows approval from NHS England, having operated an urgent and essential care only service throughout the COVID-19 restrictions....

East Durham College to support the North East Institute of Technology

East Durham College to support the North East Institute of Technology

Students in the North East will have a clear route to technical employment with the launch of the region’s new Institute of Technology. Following the successful bid in 2019, the licence to operate as the North East Institute of Technology has now been awarded by the...

Measures to enforce responsible dog ownership extended

Measures to enforce responsible dog ownership extended

Measures to enforce responsible dog ownership in public spaces will be set in place for another three years, following overwhelming support during a public consultation. Durham County Council introduced the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on dog control in June...

Coronavirus community fund helps 1,750 people across East Durham

Coronavirus community fund helps 1,750 people across East Durham

A new fund for communities during the coronavirus lockdown has directly helped more than 1,750 people in just three weeks. The believe housing Coronavirus Crisis Fund was launched last month to provide targeted assistance to communities that were struggling with the...

Durham Cathedral turns blue in support of the NHS

Durham Cathedral turns blue in support of the NHS

Durham Cathedral has given its support to the NHS during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - as it spectacularly turned blue for the night. Thanks to Martin Warden of Hi-Lights, who made the light showcase possible, the cathedral could be seen for miles around. Picture...

Work starts on mixed use development on Seaham’s North Terrace

Work starts on mixed use development on Seaham’s North Terrace

Construction has started on a new mixed-use development in Seaham’s North Terrace. Durham County Council is supporting the project, which will see an office, restaurant, café, bar, indoor-bowling lanes and residential apartments built on the site. Planning permission...

Improvement work resumes at Bowburn’s Junction 61

Improvement work resumes at Bowburn’s Junction 61

Work at a busy road junction in County Durham has resumed as a council begins to reinstate some projects and services. Durham County Council has resumed work on Junction 61 at Bowburn, one of the projects it halted in March in response to government guidance aimed at...

Peterlee residents celebrate VE Day in style

Peterlee residents celebrate VE Day in style

Residents in a Peterlee street came together to celebrate VE Day in style. The social distancing rules in place during the coronavirus pandemic didn't stop people living in Oxford Close enjoying the Bank Holiday Friday celebrations. Every household in the street...

Young gym goers smash target as they raise £2,600 for the NHS

Young gym goers smash target as they raise £2,600 for the NHS

Junior members of an Easington gym have smashed their fundraising target in support of the NHS. The Jupiter Juniors youngsters, part of Jupiter Gym in Easington Village, set themselves a target of raising £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing a '30-burpees...

Durham deemed the UK’s greenest city

Durham deemed the UK’s greenest city

Durham has been hailed as the UK’s greenest city as carbon emissions reduced by half and air quality continues to improve. Solar technology specialists, The Solar Centre, researched Government data to rank cities based on 10 green criteria including waste management,...

East Durham youngsters go ‘burpee’ to raise money for the NHS

East Durham youngsters go ‘burpee’ to raise money for the NHS

Junior members of an Easington gym are completing a 30-day burpees challenge to raise money to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jupiter Juniors youngsters, part of Jupiter Gym in Easington Village, set themselves a target of raising £1,000 for NHS...

East Durham College holds first ever virtual open day

East Durham College holds first ever virtual open day

May the fourth be with you in choosing your college, as you can now take part in a virtual open day with East Durham College. East Durham College, with its main campuses in Peterlee and Houghall in Durham, will be holding its first ever virtual online information and...

Jobs boost for County Durham’s adult social care sector

Jobs boost for County Durham’s adult social care sector

New job opportunities are being created in County Durham’s adult social care sector as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. An online recruitment and training programme has been launched by the County Durham Care Academy in response to the pressures placed on the...

Coronavirus update: Thousands to benefit from council tax support

Coronavirus update: Thousands to benefit from council tax support

Thousands of households across County Durham are set to benefit from extra help in covering the cost of their council tax bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Durham County Council already provides council tax discounts of up to 100 per cent to eligible households...

More than 1000 businesses access local authority support grants

More than 1000 businesses access local authority support grants

More than 1,000 businesses across County Durham have already received their grant to help support them through the Coronavirus pandemic. Staff at Durham County Council have worked tirelessly since government guidance was received late last week to contact businesses...

Seaham housing development to finish a year early as sales soar

Seaham housing development to finish a year early as sales soar

Construction work on a new housing development in Seaham is to finish a year earlier than planned due to the huge demand for properties at the site. Bellway is building 75 new homes at Byron Heights, off Dalton Heights Road. The housebuilder was due to finish work on...

Reports of dog fouling across the area falls by 45 per cent

Reports of dog fouling across the area falls by 45 per cent

Work to encourage dog owners to be more responsible has seen a welcome fall in the number of complaints about dog fouling and stray dogs in County Durham. Durham County Council launched a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in 2017 to tackle issues such as dog...

Public invited to peek into Peterlee’s past

Public invited to peek into Peterlee’s past

The powerful past and the distinct present of a County Durham structure will be the focus of a special talk, open to the public. Durham County Record Office will host its Third Thursday Talk titled, In Search of the Future - The Peterlee Archives, on Thursday 19 March...

Big Spring Clean launches in Seaham and Crimdon

Big Spring Clean launches in Seaham and Crimdon

The ultimate clean-up in County Durham is now underway, as the Big Spring Clean launches. The annual event sees thousands of bags of litter cleared from local areas. This year’s litter pick will confront the amount of plastic thrown away as litter and ending up in the...

100th home completed as part of believe housing’s property scheme

100th home completed as part of believe housing’s property scheme

A major investment project designed to help more north east families onto the property ladder is celebrating the completion of its 100th home. A three-bedroom house in Seaham has helped the innovative m!ne ‘Rent to Buy’ programme hit its century of new affordable...

Haswell man fined for flytipping in Shotton Colliery

Haswell man fined for flytipping in Shotton Colliery

A man who was paid to remove and dispose of another person’s waste has been fined for flytipping. In January, a Neighbourhood Warden employed by Durham County Council was made aware of reports of flytipping at Tudor Court, in Shotton Colliery. The rubbish, which...

Dalton Park transforms outdoor area into ecological oasis

Dalton Park transforms outdoor area into ecological oasis

County Durham shopping and leisure outlet, Dalton Park, is transforming part of its outdoor area into an ecological oasis with the help of community interest company Climate Action North. Over 250 wildflower plants suitable for bees, butterflies and birds will be...