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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...

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....