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Vehicle overloaded with frozen curries lands driver and firm in court
Published January 19, 2018 4.31pm
Companies and drivers which overloaded their vehicles - including one full of frozen curries - are counting the cost after being ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines each.
Consultation to begin on Chester-le-Street flood scheme
Published January 12, 2018 3.06pm
A consultation on a proposed £6.2 million flood prevention scheme for Chester-le-Street will begin next week.
We're in running for two national awards
Published January 12, 2018 2.51pm
We're in the running for two prestigious national awards in recognition of our work to spruce up towns and villages and support local businesses.
Men fined for scrap metal offences
Published December 22, 2017 11.34am
A Washington man has found himself more than £800 out of pocket after pleading guilty to illegally trading as a scrap metal dealer in County Durham.
Crematorium recycling scheme raises thousands for charity
Published December 21, 2017 3.11pm
Two crematoria in County Durham have donated a total of £10,000 to local charities as a result of a share of surplus funds from a recycling scheme.
Work safeguards popular path following storm damage
Published December 14, 2017 3.06pm
Work has been carried out to safeguard a popular footpath in Durham City following storm damage.
We 'log' support for hospice's fundraising reindeers
Published December 13, 2017 4.21pm
Rudolph and co will be brightening up homes and gardens this Christmas - thanks to us.
Sprucing up Newton Aycliffe
Published November 27, 2017 1.27pm
A programme to get town and village centres in County Durham spick and span has moved on to its latest destination.
Fixed penalties issued to 30 dog owners through new order
Published November 23, 2017 2.26pm
More than two dozen people have been left out of pocket in the opening months of a new order on dog control.
Community projects 'clean up' in RHS awards scheme
Published November 23, 2017 11.20am
Community groups in County Durham have 'cleaned up' in a prestigious regional awards scheme.
Community grants set to brighten neighbourhoods
Published November 01, 2017 2.30pm
Grants of up to £500 are on offer to help green-fingered folk make a difference to County Durham.
Woman caught fly-tipping left counting the cost
Published February 13, 2017 3.36pm
A County Durham woman has been left hundreds of pounds worse off and with a criminal record after being caught fly-tipping.
Environmental champions celebrated
Published November 11, 2016 10.13am
A newly restored park, a primary school gardening club and a heritage coast festival - they're just some of the projects recognised in an annual celebration of environmental achievements.
Still time to comment on County Durham Plan
Published August 01, 2016 11.41am
A major consultation on the County Durham Plan closes next week and people are being urged to make sure they have their say before 8 August.
Have your say on the County Durham Plan
Published June 16, 2016 1.28pm
A major consultation on the County Durham Plan gets underway on 24 June and there are a series of events people can attend to find out more and share their views.
Man prosecuted for failing to give information to fly-tipping investigators
Published April 27, 2016 4.44pm
A North East man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after cardboard was dumped in a County Durham village.