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All the latest council news, press releases and customer notices in one place.

Gold Award for supporting Armed Forces community

Published March 01, 2024 9.47am

We have received national recognition for our work to support the Armed Forces community.


Rogue trader jailed for three years after gardening con

Published February 28, 2024 9.28am

A rogue gardener who took more than £1,500 from a woman but failed to carry out any work has been jailed.


International Women's Day at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Published February 27, 2024 10.44am

Audiences are invited to celebrate International Women's Day (Friday 8 March) at a special event held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.


Two prosecuted following fly-tips

Published February 26, 2024 10.42am

Two people have been prosecuted for separate fly-tipping related offences in County Durham.


Homelessness support in County Durham to receive £6 million boost

Published February 26, 2024 9.26am

Over £6 million is being committed to tackle homelessness in County Durham after its council was successful in a bid for funding.


Thousands awarded to extend food bank

Published February 22, 2024 9.25am

A scheme which provides advice and assistance to people in need has received over £80,000 in funding to expand its food bank programme.


Three more celebrity chefs confirmed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Published February 20, 2024 10.55am

A BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter, an award-winning chef and a food content creator with millions of TikTok views will headline the Sunday cookery demonstration slots at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival weekend.


Make a difference in the Chester-le-Street area

Published February 20, 2024 9.28am

Individuals who would like to help deliver positive change in the Chester-le-Street area are being invited to join the local Area Action Partnership (AAP) board.


Opportunity to help deliver £20 million worth of investment in Spennymoor

Published February 16, 2024 11.16am

An opportunity is available to play a crucial role in the ongoing regeneration of a County Durham town, helping to deliver millions of pounds worth of investment over the next 10 years.


The Story to open this summer

Published February 16, 2024 10.11am

A brand-new visitor attraction telling the tale of County Durham's heritage will open this summer.


Illegal vapes seized in crackdown operation

Published February 9, 2024 10.30am

Illegal vapes worth £1,500 have been seized as crackdown efforts continue in County Durham.


Major A167 upgrades set to get underway at Newton Aycliffe

Published February 9, 2024 9.21am

A major upgrade of Newton Aycliffe's road network is set to get underway.


Could you become a community champion?

Published February 8, 2024 9.23am

An initiative which recruits local people to become trusted sources of public health information within their communities has been relaunched.


Improving Public Rights of Way for everyone

Published February 8, 2024 9.05am

A new plan is being launched setting out how County Durham's vast network of footpaths, bridleways, and byways, will be improved and made more accessible.


Junction improvement works will help "thriving" County Durham business park to expand

Published February 8, 2024 9.04am

A major improvement scheme at two junctions that will pave the way for the expansion of a County Durham business park is now underway.


"Huge and ongoing effort" to tackle poverty set to go before County Durham councillors

Published February 8, 2024 8.49am

The work being done to support people affected by poverty across County Durham will be discussed by councillors next week.


Cabinet asked to agree closure of five-pupil school

Published February 6, 2024 4.26pm

Councillors are being asked to agree the closure of a school which has the lowest pupil numbers in County Durham.


County Durham council budget to be considered by Cabinet

Published February 6, 2024 4.23pm

Leaders of a North East council will consider the authority's budget plans for 2024/25 when they meet next week.


Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Published February 5, 2024 10.11am

Communities and venues across County Durham are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a host of traditional events and activities.


Durham City footbridge to be demolished

Published February 5, 2024 10.09am

A Durham City footbridge has been earmarked for demolition after detailed investigations determined its structural defects are beyond repair.


Preparatory works start ahead of A690 landslip repair

Published February 2, 2024 9.17am

Preparatory works are underway alongside the A690 ahead of an essential landslip repair scheme.


Man in court after takeaway deemed public health risk

Published February 2, 2024 9.10am

A former County Durham takeaway owner has appeared in court over multiple food hygiene charges.


BOSH! First celebrity chefs revealed for this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Published February 1, 2024 10.52am

A duo billed as "the world's biggest vegan and plant-based chefs" are among the headliners at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival, organisers have revealed.


Empire Consett to close for essential maintenance

Published January 30, 2024 9.48am

A programme of remedial works has now been finalised which will see Empire Consett undergo essential roof maintenance in the coming months.


Thousands of illegal vapes seized in council crackdown

Published January 26, 2024 11.49am

Illegal vapes worth more than £15,000 have been seized during a crackdown operation in County Durham.

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