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Latest news

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

Councillors to consider consultation on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy

Published October 03, 2023 3.57pm

Councillors will be asked to approve a public consultation on a new strategy to help reduce homelessness and rough sleeping when they meet next week.

Council to consider further savings proposals to balance its budget

Published October 03, 2023 2.46pm

Leaders at a North East council will consider further proposed savings to help it balance its budget next year as it faces a period of significant financial uncertainty.

Minister discusses NETPark expansion during visit

Published September 29, 2023 4.38pm

Plans for the expansion of a leading science park which would generate millions for the local economy were discussed during a government visit

Lumiere 2023 incredible full programme revealed

Published September 28, 2023 12.23pm

The incredible full programme for Lumiere, the UK's light art biennial, has been announced.

Extra road safety measures to be put in place near County Durham crossroads

Published September 27, 2023 11.20am

Extra road safety measures are set to be put in place near a County Durham crossroads.

Motorists advised of potential disruption at A689 Newton Cap Viaduct

Published September 26, 2023 12.19pm

Motorists who use the A689 Newton Cap Viaduct in Bishop Auckland are being advised of the potential for short delays to their journeys as essential works resume.

County Durham entries are pick of the bunch at floral awards

Published September 26, 2023 9.28am

County Durham entries have carried off a big bunch of awards following this year's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Blue plaque unveiled at former home of Durham Miners' Association founder

Published September 25, 2023 2.04pm

A blue plaque has been unveiled on a house once lived in by one of the Durham Miners' Association's founding members.

Inspector appointed to assess minerals and waste development policy

Published September 25, 2023 10.46am

Inspectors have been appointed to oversee the final development of a new policy document for minerals and waste development in County Durham.

Work starts on "world-class" £37million school campus in Belmont

Published September 25, 2023 9.49am

The construction of a £37million primary and secondary school campus that will provide "world-class" facilities for more than a thousand County Durham children is underway.

Search begins for climate champions

Published September 21, 2023 9.17am

Advocates for the environment are being sought out as nominations open for prestigious awards.

Collection of handmade shirts goes on display - but could any of them be considered 'perfect'?

Published September 20, 2023 11.10am

Dozens of handmade shirts have gone on display at a County Durham arts venue as part of an exhibition exploring masculinity.

Suspended prison sentence for shop owner caught selling illegal tobacco

Published September 20, 2023 9.17am

A Darlington man has been given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after trading standards officers found counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes being sold from his shop.

Horden Masterplan delivery update to be shared with community

Published September 15, 2023 11.11am

Plans to invest £6 million in Horden to support the regeneration of the village are to be shared with residents.

Growth programme launched for County Durham businesses

Published September 14, 2023 2.27pm

A new programme to help businesses enhance their productivity and accelerate growth has been launched in County Durham.

The Louisa Centre refurbishment to begin

Published September 14, 2023 11.58am

The refurbishment of a County Durham leisure centre is to begin next week.

Cigarettes and vapes seized in council crackdown

Published September 13, 2023 9.23am

Illicit cigarettes and tobacco worth over £16,000 have been seized from three shops and a car in County Durham.

Update on Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

Published September 12, 2023 10.04am

We commenced building surveys in 2022 in line with relevant government guidance. Our estate includes a range of different building types including the operational estate for our workforce, community and commercial buildings.

Aykley Heads set for redevelopment as part of new Durham Innovation District

Published September 08, 2023 10.55am

An already thriving cluster in County Durham is poised for expansion and to be a key site within a brand-new innovation district.

Youth Council praises young people's accomplishments

Published September 08, 2023 10.31am

Young people from across County Durham have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at an annual awards ceremony.

Keeping it in the county! County Durham social value project passes £300million mark

Published September 08, 2023 9.51am

A project which brings together 11 of County Durham's biggest employers has generated more than £300million in "social value" for the county since its launch last year.

Council seeks views on budget proposals

Published September 07, 2023 10.36am

Residents in County Durham are being invited to have their say on proposals to balance council budgets next year and beyond.

Competitive hedgelayers sought for rural skills contest

Published September 06, 2023 4.40pm

Countryside crafters will vie to be named County Durham's best hedgelayer in a prestigious annual competition next month.

Councillors updated on County Durham Partnership actions

Published September 05, 2023 4.08pm

Cost of living support and providing homes for Ukrainian refugees are just some of the positive actions which will be highlighted in a council partnership update.

Supporting residents to live long and healthy lives

Published September 05, 2023 2.40pm

Work being undertaken to support County Durham residents in living longer, healthier lives will be presented to councillors next week.

"Positive feedback" from residents following estate facelift

Published September 04, 2023 10.41am

Residents on a County Durham estate are benefiting from £233,000 worth of improvements including new kerbs, footpaths and landscaped areas.

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