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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...

Housing association extends support to victims of domestic abuse

Housing association extends support to victims of domestic abuse

One of the region’s leading home providers has reconfirmed its support to anyone who has experienced domestic abuse. County Durham-based believe housing has become one of the first Accredited Members of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance. The new membership scheme is...

Seaham football team wins prestigious regional trophy

Seaham football team wins prestigious regional trophy

A football team from Seaham has won a high profile regional competition - the first time a team from Seaham has done so. Dawdon Welfare Park FC played Greenside FC at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare in South Shields yesterday (Sunday, June 20) in the Durham Sunday...

Dalton Park invests £60,000 in new play area

Dalton Park invests £60,000 in new play area

A brand new play park is due to open at the North East's largest outlet centre late this summer. Dalton Park has removed its previous well-used play park, and will soon replace it with a brand new suite of exciting and interactive equipment. The new park will include...

New arts project launches to help isolated people in East Durham

New arts project launches to help isolated people in East Durham

East Durham Creates has launched an art project which aims to brighten the day of isolated people while giving everyone a chance to make postcard art. Art Hit: Post Art is an innovative visual art project thought up by artist Eleanor Matthews working with East Durham...

Believe Housing earns place on two prestigious Best Companies lists

Believe Housing earns place on two prestigious Best Companies lists

A two-year old housing association has earned a place on two prestigious Best Companies lists. believe housing has ranked #12 in the UK’s 25 Best Housing Associations to Work For at this year’s awards, making believe housing the only north east housing association to...

Bus gate to improve safety in County Durham village

Bus gate to improve safety in County Durham village

New measures aimed at improving road safety near a County Durham primary school are being installed later this month. Durham County Council is introducing a short section of road in Coxhoe which only buses can go through, known as a bus gate, following concerns being...

County Durham couple urges families to give fostering a go

County Durham couple urges families to give fostering a go

“If you are interested in fostering and you have got the time, the love and the energy and the space in your home, give it a go.” Those are the words of one relatively new foster carer from County Durham who has chosen to share her experiences during Foster Care...

National recognition for Blackhall Colliery care manager at annual awards

National recognition for Blackhall Colliery care manager at annual awards

A Blackhall Colliery registered care manager has fought off tough competition from across the country to clinch the titles of ‘Manager of the Year’ and ‘Pandemic Star of the Year’ at the first ever virtual National Care Group Annual Awards. Almost 1,400 National Care...

Job opportunities available for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit

Job opportunities available for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit

Young people aged 16 to 24 on Universal Credit will be able to apply for a number of job vacancies with a North East council through an employment scheme. DurhamWorks has secured up to 92 job placements with Durham County Council for young people who are currently...

Peterlee man and woman out of pocket after fly-tipping court case

Peterlee man and woman out of pocket after fly-tipping court case

A man has been ordered to pay almost £400 after CCTV footage captured him dumping tarmac next to a farmer’s field. One of Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens spotted the waste strewn across the entrance to a field on Petwell Lane, Easington Colliery, in...

Covid-19 lateral flow testing sites open across County Durham

Covid-19 lateral flow testing sites open across County Durham

Residents will be able to check if they have coronavirus without showing any symptoms as lateral flow test centres open across County Durham. Durham County Council has launched its Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Community Testing programme, where regular rapid Covid-19...

Public Notice: Haswell & District Mencap Society

Public Notice: Haswell & District Mencap Society

Public Notice for Haswell & District Mencap Society THE LICENSING ACT 2003 Notice is hereby given that we, Haswell & District Mencap Society, have applied to the Durham County Council in respect of the premises known as THE LISA DIXON CENTRE, BURT CLOSE,...

Believe Housing secures environmental world first

Believe Housing secures environmental world first

A County Durham housing association, believe housing, has become the first organisation in the sector to achieve the Carbon Neutral International Standard. believe housing is ‘thrilled’ to be the first housing association to achieve the Carbon Neutral International...

Prestigious national award win for ResQ employee

Prestigious national award win for ResQ employee

An employee at Seaham-based ResQ has won a prestigious national award. Aidan Sayers was awarded the Prince’s Trust Ascential Educational Achievement Award. Aidan is usually based from ResQ's Spectrum Business Park office though during the pandemic has been working...

Recycling centres across County Durham now open for longer

Recycling centres across County Durham now open for longer

Recycling centres across County Durham are now open for longer as part of a move to summer opening hours. Durham County Council-run household waste recycling centres will be open from 9am to 6pm, although times at some sites may vary. The council has created a new...

Free parking for shoppers available across County Durham

Free parking for shoppers available across County Durham

Motorists are being reminded that they can now take advantage of free afternoon parking at many car parks around County Durham. Durham County Council has introduced free parking after 2pm in its on and off-street car parks. The change, which comes into force today...

Council pledges to do more in the fight against fly-tipping

Council pledges to do more in the fight against fly-tipping

A north east council has pledged to go further in the fight against fly-tipping as the number of incidents across County Durham falls for the fourth year running. According to figures released by DEFRA, Durham County Council dealt with 6,548 cases in 2019-2020, a ten...

Second phase of regeneration project to transform Seaham underway

Second phase of regeneration project to transform Seaham underway

Former railway tracks will be transformed into a public area that celebrates a County Durham town’s heritage as part of the next phase in a regeneration project. Work has begun this week on the second phase of Durham County Council’s Seaham Townscape Heritage Project,...

Former army sergeant takes top job at Peterlee care home

Former army sergeant takes top job at Peterlee care home

A former Army sergeant has taken the top job at a Peterlee care home – after a career switch inspired by his ill nanna. Dan Rigden has been appointed home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, in a culmination of his nine-year career in care after...

State-of-the-art leisure centre for Seaham moves a step closer

State-of-the-art leisure centre for Seaham moves a step closer

Plans to build three new state-of-the-art leisure centres across County Durham will move a step closer next week, supporting the county’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Durham County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve three preferred sites...

Free wifi being rolled out in Seaham town centre to boost footfall

Free wifi being rolled out in Seaham town centre to boost footfall

Free wi-fi is being introduced in Seaham next week as part of a multimillion-pound scheme to enhance the vibrancy of towns and villages across County Durham. Durham County Council has funded the installation of free public wi-fi in Seaham town centre to help boost...

Ellwood’s gym in Horden ordered to close for breaching lockdown rules

Ellwood’s gym in Horden ordered to close for breaching lockdown rules

A council has successfully obtained a closure order against a County Durham gym for breaching health protection regulations by operating during lockdown. Durham County Council applied for the closure of Ed’s Gym and Fitness in Horden, also known as Ellwood’s Gym,...

Seaham’s CoreHaus begins recruitment of diverse workforce

Seaham’s CoreHaus begins recruitment of diverse workforce

An innovative modular North East housebuilder is expanding the business by recruiting a team of people with a diverse skillset. CoreHaus, which recently set up a manufacturing facility in a 20,000 sq ft unit on Jade Business Park, Murton, near Seaham in County Durham...

Do you know the location of the shop and people in this photograph?

Do you know the location of the shop and people in this photograph?

Residents are being asked to help uncover the identity of the location in an old photograph found in a collection belonging to an East Durham couple. The photo, which shows a greengrocers shop with many people outside of it, was found by George Kevin Bell, who was...

East Durham College launching new ED5 bus service from Darlington

East Durham College launching new ED5 bus service from Darlington

East Durham College has announced two new direct routes as part of its ongoing partnership with Arriva North East. From September 2021, East Durham College will be offering a new, ED5, bus route directly from Darlington to its Houghall Campus in Durham. The new...

County Durham’s big book giveaway

County Durham’s big book giveaway

Organisations across County Durham are benefitting from a big book giveaway. Following a successful Facebook campaign, hundreds of surplus books which have been withdrawn from Durham County Council’s libraries, have been donated to new homes across the county. Each...

Concern as vital transport funding withdrawn at critical time

Concern as vital transport funding withdrawn at critical time

The Government’s decision to slash northern transport funding by more than half will deprive the region of vital investment at a critical time, as well as undermining promises to close the North/South divide. This is the view of Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County...

Seaham among the locations for electric vehicle charging points

Seaham among the locations for electric vehicle charging points

Electric vehicle charging points will become more widespread across County Durham in a move to reduce carbon emissions and make it easier for residents to own electric cars. As part of an ambitious plan to ensure residents without off-street parking can access an...

East Durham residents invited to have their say on digital services

East Durham residents invited to have their say on digital services

Residents across County Durham are being invited to take part in a survey about digital services over the next month. Durham County Council is hoping the survey will help to identify any barriers facing people across the county, in a bid to improve access for its...

Prestigious national award win for Believe Housing

Prestigious national award win for Believe Housing

Believe Housing has won the prestigious Homebuilder of the Year award at the UK Housing Awards. Judges were impressed by believe housing’s commitment to provide both affordable and quality homes in communities of greatest need across the region, from small rural...

Fund launches to help communities become cleaner and greener

Fund launches to help communities become cleaner and greener

County Durham community groups can now apply for funding to help make their neighbourhoods cleaner and greener. Volunteers can apply for a grant of up to £500 from Durham County Council, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) It’s Your Neighbourhood...