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Dalton Park scoops top prize at national ‘loo’ awards

Dalton Park scoops top prize at national ‘loo’ awards

Dalton Park scooped up the gong for National Eco Friendly Toilets at the Loo of the Year Awards. The toilet facilities were praised following an independent, unannounced visit from judges. This is the 16th time that the outlet shopping centre has been recognised by...

Work starts on new £10.55m Horden Railway Station

Work starts on new £10.55m Horden Railway Station

A government minister has welcomed the start of work on a new railway station during a visit to County Durham today (Monday, 6 January). Transport Secretary Grant Shapps met with representatives from Durham County Council, Network Rail and the North East Local...

East Durham foodbank benefits from generous council donation

East Durham foodbank benefits from generous council donation

Generous council staff and elected members have donated thousands of festive treats to foodbanks across the county to help people in need this Christmas. Employees and councillors from Durham County Council donated throughout November to the appeal which asks them to...

Murton convenience store undergoes significant refurbishment

Murton convenience store undergoes significant refurbishment

A convenience store in Murton has undergone a significant refurbishment. G&E Murgatroyd, James Hall & Co.’s company owned stores division, is delighted to announce the completion of the project to drastically improve the shop. The store has been refurbished to...

£9.4m development of extra care apartments in Peterlee approved

£9.4m development of extra care apartments in Peterlee approved

A £9.4 million development to provide 71 extra care apartments in County Durham has received planning permission. The development on a former school site in Robson Avenue, Peterlee, was unanimously approved by Durham County Council’s Planning Committee. It will be...

Peterlee students pay tribute to iconic Apollo Pavilion sculpture

Peterlee students pay tribute to iconic Apollo Pavilion sculpture

Two student-led art projects designed to celebrate the anniversary of an iconic County Durham structure have culminated with shining success. Pupils from The Academy at Shotton Hall and Dene Academy in Peterlee have been working with artists throughout the year to...

Housing association awards over £75,000 to community groups

Housing association awards over £75,000 to community groups

A successful funding programme by one of the north east’s largest housing associations has now helped more than 150 community groups. In excess of £75,000 has been distributed to grassroots projects stretching from Easington to upper Weardale by believe housing’s...

Peterlee businessman gets festive to support regional charity

Peterlee businessman gets festive to support regional charity

A charity which supports adults and children with life threatening illnesses has been given an early Christmas present thanks to financial advice company Wealth of Advice. The company, which is based at Belmont in Durham, decided that rather than sending Christmas...

Ho ho ho as Peterlee shopping centre gears up for Christmas parade

Ho ho ho as Peterlee shopping centre gears up for Christmas parade

Families visiting the Peterlee shopping centre this weekend are in for a treat as it prepares to host its biggest yearly Christmas spectacular. Castle Dene Shopping Centre is bringing back their amazing Christmas Parade, which will feature an afternoon of festive...

County Durham prepares for winter as temperatures set to drop

County Durham prepares for winter as temperatures set to drop

With temperatures set to drop, preparations for winter 2019 are well underway in County Durham. Durham County Council is ready to keep the region moving this winter with a 76 strong fleet of gritters and snowblowers ready and waiting for the colder weather. There are...

Easington Colliery pupils design mocaic inspired by the coastal denes

Easington Colliery pupils design mocaic inspired by the coastal denes

A mosaic inspired by the coastal denes in County Durham has been designed by children from the east of the county. Pupils from Easington Colliery Primary School worked with local artist Angela Tomlinson to create the artwork, which represents their time learning about...

Easington MP Grahame Morris backs campaign to stop Asda sacking staff

Easington MP Grahame Morris backs campaign to stop Asda sacking staff

Easington MP Grahame Morris has written to Walmart, parent company of Asda, to ask them to rethink imposing Contract 6. As part of GMB’s campaign, nearly 4,000 people have emailed the Walmart CEO directly to demand Asda drop the threat to sack people and work with GMB...

£2.25m regeneration of Seaham’s heritage launches

£2.25m regeneration of Seaham’s heritage launches

A seaside town’s rich heritage will soon be enhanced following the launch of a £2.25 million regeneration project this week. Last month, Durham County Council announced it had secured a £1.6 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the three-year...

Unique art project to launch in Seaham this weekend

Unique art project to launch in Seaham this weekend

A unique arts project, “Shadows of War”, will be unveiled this Sunday, November 3, at the foot of Seaham’s ‘Tommy’ sculpture. “Shadows of War” was created by Dave McKenna, Founder of Seaham Remember Them Fund, in support of this year’s British Legion Poppy Appeal. The...

Demolition of eyesore Seaham building starts

Demolition of eyesore Seaham building starts

An eyesore building in the centre of Seaham is to be demolished. Durham County Council has begun work to knock down the Drive 2 Data building, formerly known as the Noah’s Ark public house, in the town’s North Railway Terrace. The council is taking the action after...

Praise for Peterlee care home following independent inspection

Praise for Peterlee care home following independent inspection

A Peterlee care home has received high praise following an independent assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Inspectors visiting Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, spoke to more than a dozen residents and relatives, observed staff and reviewed records...

Landlord fined for breaching licence for Easington Colliery property

Landlord fined for breaching licence for Easington Colliery property

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £700 for breaching the terms of a licence for a property in a designated selective licensing area. Durham County Council brought the case against Stephen Lilley, of Howden Road, Hartlepool, after he failed to comply with...

Young people have their say on decision-making within their community

Young people have their say on decision-making within their community

Young people have gone online to encourage their peers to get involved in decision-making in their community. Members of the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) Youth Forum have presented details of an online project, designed to get their peers...

£1.4m road safety improvement scheme near Wingate is now complete

£1.4m road safety improvement scheme near Wingate is now complete

A £1.4 million scheme to improve safety at a busy County Durham road junction is now complete. Durham County Council has been working with Highways England on the initiative at the A19/A179/B1280 Sheraton junction, near South Wingate. The work has seen the...

Seaham set to receive £1.6m boost to restore town’s rich heritage

Seaham set to receive £1.6m boost to restore town’s rich heritage

A project which aims to restore and protect the rich heritage of a coastal County Durham town is set to receive a £1.6 million boost. Durham County Council has secured the £1.6 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Seaham Townscape Heritage Project....

School children visit Apollo Pavilion for art project inspiration

School children visit Apollo Pavilion for art project inspiration

Schoolchildren have been visiting a unique County Durham landmark for an art project, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Students from The Academy at Shotton Hall at Peterlee were at the town’s Apollo Pavilion, for Playful Places, which is part of a year of...

Overloaded vehicle lands driver and his employer in court

Overloaded vehicle lands driver and his employer in court

A lorry driver and his employer are counting the cost after an overloaded vehicle was stopped while travelling through County Durham. William Arthur Monkhouse, of Cunningham Court, Sedgefield, and Eltel UK Limited have been now been fined and ordered to pay costs...

Haswell charity boss feels the need for speed

Haswell charity boss feels the need for speed

The chief executive of a local charity is taking part in a new local event that tests people’s skills and nerves. Hayley Hood, CEO of Haswell & District Mencap is representing the charity in the inaugural Soapbox Bogey Derby, organised by Peterlee Town Council....

Work starts on £6.9m affordable homes scheme in Murton

Work starts on £6.9m affordable homes scheme in Murton

Construction has begun on a £6.9m affordable home project that will bring much-needed new bungalows and family homes to Murton. A mix of wheelchair adaptable bungalows and three-bedroom houses is being built on a brown field site by believe housing. The County...

Thousands sign up for government-backed savings scheme

Thousands sign up for government-backed savings scheme

Over 132,000 people have signed up to the government-backed savings account Help to Save – depositing more than £31.4 million. The account offers working people on low incomes a 50 per cent bonus on what they save – rewarding them with 50p for every £1 they put away....

Horden resident one of seven prosecuted for failing to clear waste

Horden resident one of seven prosecuted for failing to clear waste

Failing to pay fixed penalties for ignoring requests to clear waste has left seven people a combined £5,000 worse off and with criminal convictions. Durham County Council has successfully prosecuted four men and three women who did not pay fixed penalties issued in...

The story of Peterlee and the Apollo Pavilion to be told at exhibition

The story of Peterlee and the Apollo Pavilion to be told at exhibition

The story of Peterlee and the Apollo Pavilion are the subject of a new exhibition. When the visionary artist Victor Pasmore took over the design of the emerging new town of Peterlee in 1955 he was told to “do what you like but don’t do what we have done before"....

MP Grahame Morris backs tumble dryer safety campaign

MP Grahame Morris backs tumble dryer safety campaign

Easington MP Grahame Morris has joined Electrical Safety First’s campaign to ensure constituents stay safe in their homes. “With 724 fires caused by tumble dryers in English homes last year and a major, ongoing tumble dryer recall, all of us need to check and use them...

Another year of success for East Durham College A Level students

Another year of success for East Durham College A Level students

East Durham College is thrilled to announce that A Level students at the college’s sixth form, ED6, have achieved 100 per cent pass rate in all subjects for students studying three subjects or more. ED6 Sixth Form, which is part of East Durham College’s Peterlee...

Blackhall shopkeeper prosecuted for possession of illegal tobacco

Blackhall shopkeeper prosecuted for possession of illegal tobacco

A County Durham shopkeeper found in possession of illicit tobacco worth thousands of pounds has been ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work. Balraj Singh Takhar, 49, owner of Lifestyle Express store at Blackhall Colliery, was also ordered to pay £585 having been...

Funding boost is blooming marvelous for voluntary group

Funding boost is blooming marvelous for voluntary group

Easington Village is in full flower this summer thanks to a local voluntary group and a little help from a leading housing association. Easington Village in Bloom Group have recently brightened the community with new planters and flowers, thanks to funding from...

East Durham youngsters to benefit from funding to tackle holiday hunger

East Durham youngsters to benefit from funding to tackle holiday hunger

Thousands of youngsters are set to benefit from a £150,000 funding pot aimed at combatting holiday hunger when children are not at school. Durham County Council’s Poverty Action Steering Group has been allocated the money from the Government’s New Burdens Funding...

MP urges East Durham charities to register for share of £3m funding pot

MP urges East Durham charities to register for share of £3m funding pot

Easington MP Grahame Morris is encouraging local charities and community groups to apply for funding from a pot of over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Applications are open from Wednesday 31 July for two weeks until 14 August....

Wheatley Hill woman among three fined for dropping cigarette butts

Wheatley Hill woman among three fined for dropping cigarette butts

Failing to pay fixed penalties for discarding cigarettes has left three people hundreds of pounds worse off and with criminal convictions. Durham County Council issued £150 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to two women and a man who dropped cigarette butts and made no...

Improvement works on 50 affordable homes in Horden nears completion

Improvement works on 50 affordable homes in Horden nears completion

Work to improve more than 50 affordable homes in Horden is nearing completion as part of a major investment in the area. Homes on the Ponyfields Estate are receiving new roofs and upgrades to walls as part of an extensive improvements to affordable homes in east...

Celebrations to mark Apollo’s 50th birthday

Celebrations to mark Apollo’s 50th birthday

Celebrations have been held to mark the Apollo Pavilion's 50th birthday. A free-of-charge musical extravaganza took place yesterday at the structure, on the town’s Sunny Blunts estate, featuring performances from Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and Oompah Brass, as part of...

Wheatley Hill pupils deliver valuable road safety sonnets

Wheatley Hill pupils deliver valuable road safety sonnets

Primary school pupils are helping their peers stay road savvy by becoming Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO). The Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme is a national road safety education project aimed at primary schools which encourages peer to peer education. The...

Story awarded contract to design and build Horden Railway Station

Story awarded contract to design and build Horden Railway Station

Story Contracting has been awarded a Network Rail contract to design and build a new railway station in County Durham. Following a bumper start to 2019 for the civil engineering company’s expanding rail division, Story has secured further contract success, being...

Easington MP calls for fair pay settlement for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Easington MP calls for fair pay settlement for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called on Defence Ministers’ to lift the pay cap and deliver a fair pay settlement for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a civilian crewed fleet, which carried out 64 per cent of the Royal Navy’s tasks. The...

£8m affordable housing project is underway in Peterlee

£8m affordable housing project is underway in Peterlee

Work is underway on an £8 million housing project that will provide much needed affordable housing in County Durham. The development, in Peterlee, involves Galliford Try Partnerships North and believe housing (formerly County Durham Housing Group) and will include...

Foodbank anticipating rise in demand as summer holidays loom

Foodbank anticipating rise in demand as summer holidays loom

Businesses are being urged to give their support to a local foodbank as the six weeks holidays approach. The East Durham FEED project has previously reported a sharp rise in demand for its services and is urging businesses to give their support over the summer...

Work starts on 40 affordable houses in Peterlee

Work starts on 40 affordable houses in Peterlee

Construction of more than 40 affordable homes on a brownfield site in Peterlee has been officially started. A mix of family houses and bungalows are being developed at Tamar Close and Teign Close, near the heart of Peterlee by believe housing. The County Durham-based...

Seaton Lane reopens after discovery of a sinkhole

Seaton Lane reopens after discovery of a sinkhole

A County Durham road which had to be closed following the discovery of a sinkhole has reopened after less than two weeks. The B1404 Seaton Lane, at Seaton near Seaham, was closed by Durham County Council on Friday 21 June in the interests of public safety, after a...

Affordable housing open day comes to Horden

Affordable housing open day comes to Horden

An open day to showcase believe housing's affordable homes programme comes to Horden today (Wednesday). A property in Davies Walk will be available for viewing between 11am and 5pm. One-bedroom flats to three-bedroom family houses are available, with rents starting...

Peterlee care home worker offers colleague lifesaving advice

Peterlee care home worker offers colleague lifesaving advice

Emma Hume, Deputy Manager at HC-One’s Grampian Court care home in Peterlee, is being celebrated for her caring and thoughtful concern for her colleague’s health. While demonstrating to the team at Grampian Court how to perform blood pressure and heart rate checks on...

East Durham housing association completes repairs in-sourcing

East Durham housing association completes repairs in-sourcing

Leading social landlord believe housing has completed the in-sourcing of repairs to its 18,000 affordable homes. From today (1 July), repairs and maintenance work to 8,000 affordable homes in east Durham will be carried out directly by staff from believe housing. The...

East Durham residents warned about the dangers of scammers

East Durham residents warned about the dangers of scammers

Durham County Council is supporting a national campaign to target scams and offer advice to help people avoid being duped. Throughout June, Durham County Council’s trading standards team has been supporting the National Scams Awareness Campaign to make people more...

Going green to keep County Durham’s streets clean

Going green to keep County Durham’s streets clean

The North East’s largest council is trialling new electric cleaning equipment as part of its fight against climate change. Members of Durham County Council’s Clean and Green Team have been using a new electric bin lift and road sweeper to empty the county’s wheelie...

Charity hopes new function room is a hive of fundraising activity

Charity hopes new function room is a hive of fundraising activity

A local charity is hoping that a new function room can help provide much-needed funds for the future. Haswell & District Mencap enlisted the help of the Mayor of Peterlee, Cllr. Terry Duffy, to open up ‘The Hive @ Haswell’, a stand-alone building located next to...

Seaton Lane remains closed following discovery of sinkhole

Seaton Lane remains closed following discovery of sinkhole

A County Durham road has been closed in the interests of public safety following the discovery of a sinkhole. The B1404 Seaton Lane, at Seaton near Seaham, was closed earlier today by Durham County Council after excavation work revealed a void underneath the road...

Ambitious vision for County Durham unveiled

Ambitious vision for County Durham unveiled

By 2035, County Durham will have more and better jobs, people will live long and independent lives and communities will be well connected and supportive. That’s the vision being proposed for the area by the County Durham Partnership – but do you agree with this...

National success for East Durham College barbering students

National success for East Durham College barbering students

A pair of talented barbers from East Durham College have proven they’ve been sharpening their skills to precision. That's after winning prestigious awards at 2019’s BBA (British Barbers Association) National Student Barber of the Year 2019 competition. Jess Filby, 30...

Trimdon and Thornley councillor gears up for 500-mile bike ride

Trimdon and Thornley councillor gears up for 500-mile bike ride

A county councillor and committed cyclist is gearing up for his hardest challenge yet. Councillor for Trimdon and Thornley, Cllr Peter Brookes, will cover 500 miles over four days, all on two wheels, to raise money for Age UK. The charity was chosen by newly appointed...