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North East devolution consultation reaches final stages (pinned)

Published March 16, 2023 12.10pm

Leaders from across the North East have issued their thanks to everyone who has taken part in a consultation into a £4.2bn devolution deal for the region.

Volunteers sought to uphold high standards

Published March 21, 2023 10.35am

Two volunteers are being sought to help ensure high standards of conduct among county, town and parish councillors across County Durham.

Social worker praises council for inspiration to pursue career

Published March 20, 2023 11.34am

This World Social Work Week (20 to 24 March), a woman working in County Durham has spoken of how her own experiences influenced her decision to become a social worker.

Cake decorating and pasta making classes on the menu at Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Published March 17, 2023 11.54am

Pasta making, creating "illusion" cakes, and chopping vegetables like a pro are just some of the skills people can learn at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

The way to book wellbeing activities is changing

Published March 15, 2023 12.13pm

The way to access wellbeing activities including walking, running, cycling and community classes is changing.

Vehicle ban extended to protect popular forest

Published March 15, 2023 10.21am

An order banning vehicles at a popular location in County Durham has been extended for two years.

Have your say on community engagement proposals

Published March 14, 2023 10.18am

People are being invited to have their say on proposed changes to the way in which we work with residents, communities, councillors, and partners.

Changes to free parking in Durham City

Published March 13, 2023 11.06am

Free afternoon on-street parking in Durham City pay and display bays will come to an end this month but we're still offering free parking after 2pm at our off-street council car parks across the county.

New children's strategy launched for County Durham

Published March 13, 2023 10.21am

Young people in County Durham have been influential in developing a new strategy for children's services.

Fat Freddy's Drop announced for Durham Brass Festival

Published March 13, 2023 9.17am

A summer festival which brings the streets of County Durham alive with the sound of brass music is set to return this year, with the first act now announced.

Two more celebrity chefs confirmed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Published March 09, 2023 10.57am

A MasterChef champion and Great British Bake Off runner-up will be among the Sunday headliners at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

North East festival celebrates the diverse languages and cultures of the region

Published March 09, 2023 10.24am

This March the Express Yourself: North East Festival of Languages celebrates the diverse languages and cultures of the North East with free activities and resources for North East young people, schools and communities.

Celebrating Commonwealth Day 2023

Published March 09, 2023 10.01am

Members of the public are invited to support the Commonwealth of Nations Flag of Peace initiative as part of this year's Commonwealth Day.

Working together to support residents

Published March 08, 2023 9.15am

Supporting residents through the cost-of-living crisis and providing free activities and food to children during the school holidays are just some examples of effective partnership work in County Durham, councillors will hear next week.

Cabinet asked to secure sustainable future of county school

Published March 07, 2023 3.02pm

Councillors will be asked to agree proposals which will set out a sustainable future for a County Durham school next week.

Durham City Run Festival brings back World Heritage Site finish line

Published March 03, 2023 1.44pm

Organisers of the Durham City Run Festival have confirmed that races at the event will return to an iconic location this year.

Celebrating County Durham's environmental champions

Published March 02, 2023 10.10am

A County Durham primary school and a festival focusing on the planet are among the winners of this year's County Durham Environment Awards.

Sweep surprise for dedicated resident

Published March 02, 2023 10.06am

A County Durham woman who has gone above and beyond for her community through her love of litter picking has been recognised in the sweep-est way.

Have your say on home to school transport proposals

Published February 28, 2023 10.35am

People are being invited to have their say on potential changes to home to school transport arrangements in County Durham.

Tributes paid to Durham County Council Chair

Published February 27, 2023 4.12pm

Tributes have been paid to Cllr Beaty Bainbridge, Chair of Durham County Council, who passed away this morning (Monday 27 February).

Plans to reopen the DLI approved

Published February 24, 2023 2.30pm

Plans to reopen the DLI Museum and Art Gallery have moved a step closer, as proposals for the venue have been approved.

Have your say on future housing developments

Published February 24, 2023 12.00pm

Residents in County Durham are being invited to have their say on a number of documents which will affect developments across the county.

We have received £3.1m to expand EV charging points

Published February 22, 2023 9.05am

A further 150 electric vehicle charging points are set to be installed across County Durham.

It's time for change this Spring

Published February 20, 2023 3.22pm

It's time for change. Whether you're looking to change your goals, your lifestyle, your routine or your mindset, we are here to support you to make positive changes this Spring. We know that change can sometimes be a little daunting, but our friendly staff are here to help you every step of the way.

Have your say on plans for improved infrastructure in Bishop Auckland

Published February 20, 2023 11.51am

Members of the public are invited to have their say on plans for a new bus station and improved car parking facilities in Bishop Auckland.

Join us for the Big Spring Clean

Published February 17, 2023 2.27pm

Litter Heroes from across County Durham are being invited to take to the streets and green spaces to join this year's Big Spring Clean.

Hefty bill for men convicted of waste offences

Published February 16, 2023 11.04am

Three County Durham men have been left with a combined bill of more than £3,500 after being convicted of waste offences.

North East devolution consultation launches

Published February 10, 2023 11.46am

People across the north east are being asked for their views following the announcement of a £4.2 billion devolution deal.

App helps boost job applications in the care sector

Published February 10, 2023 11.05am

An employment referral app is helping a number of care providers across County Durham to recruit and retain high quality care staff.

Funding success for community groups

Published February 10, 2023 9.18am

Voluntary and community groups in the Crook, Willington and Tow Law areas are benefitting from more than £100,000 in funding.

We're announced as trailblazer for Family Hubs scheme

Published February 09, 2023 4.09pm

County Durham has been selected to trailblaze a new government scheme which will provide integrated support to children and families.

Burnigill Bank road reopens

Published February 09, 2023 10.10am

A main road in County Durham has fully reopened to the public following essential repairs.

Fly-tipper fined after being caught on CCTV

Published February 09, 2023 9.23am

A County Durham man has been ordered to pay out more than £700 after being caught dumping rubbish in a country road layby.

Celebrating women and girls

Published February 09, 2023 9.14am

Women and girls are being celebrated in a free exhibition and special event in County Durham next month.

Stockton and Darlington Railway awarded over £3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Published February 08, 2023 11.24am

An award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will enable a community engagement programme to celebrate the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR).

Rogue roofer jailed after scamming vulnerable man

Published February 08, 2023 10.49am

A rogue roofer has been jailed after attempting to charge a vulnerable man more than four times the price he'd quoted for repair work.

County social worker fronts national care strategy launch
Published February 07, 2023 9.08am

A County Durham social worker's passionate account of her job is being rolled out nationally as part of the launch of a new government strategy.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023: First three celebrity chefs revealed!

Published February 03, 2023 11.11am

Organisers of the hugely popular Bishop Auckland Food Festival have confirmed a trio of celebrity chefs will headline the event's Saturday line-up.

Fall in fly-tipping across County Durham

Published February 03, 2023 10.25am

Cases of fly-tipping continue to fall across County Durham.

Man supported from 'sofa surfing' to carer role

Published February 02, 2023 9.36am

A County Durham man who worked to overcome addiction has thanked those who helped him find a job supporting others.

Garden waste collections in Teesdale to be expanded

Published February 01, 2023 9.08am

Thousands more residents in Teesdale can now sign up for garden waste collections.

Councillors to consider home to school transport proposals

Published January 31, 2023 3.59pm

A proposal to seek people's views on potential changes to home to school transport arrangements in County Durham will be considered by councillors next week.

Measures to ease council budget pressures

Published January 31, 2023 3.23pm

Proposed measures to reduce the significant strain on council budgets will be discussed by councillors next week.

Landlord fined after yard's health risk

Published January 31, 2023 9.24am

A company which failed to declare its interest in a property which had health and vermin risks has been ordered to pay more than £1,800.

£4.2bn devolution deal for the North East

Published January 26, 2023 3.09pm

People across the North East are being asked for their views following the announcement of a £4.2 billion devolution deal.

Support for families showcased to government minister

Published January 25, 2023 9.09am

A government minister has visited County Durham to see and hear about work being done to support families.

Final days to have say on new electoral boundaries

Published January 24, 2023 9.24am

People in County Durham are being reminded to have their say on potential new council boundaries.

Have your say on dog control measures

Published January 23, 2023 9.50am

We are inviting people to have their say on a review of dog control measures in County Durham.

Have your say on the way you access council services

Published January 23, 2023 9.17am

County Durham residents are being invited to have their say on the way they access council services.

Works to begin at city centre building

Published January 20, 2023 4.35pm

Essential works will get underway in the coming week to a building in Durham City Centre.

Rogue roofer handed suspended prison sentence

Published January 20, 2023 3.07pm

A rogue trader from County Durham who failed to complete work he was paid for has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Sleeping Beauty is a spellbinding success

Published January 20, 2023 10.10am

After a successful festive period, a County Durham theatre is now looking ahead to its next Christmas performance.

Community action in Coundon

Published January 20, 2023 9.17am

People in Coundon and Leeholme can share their thoughts on how to improve their community from next week.

Plans underway to signalise A690 junctions

Published January 19, 2023 5.08pm

Plans to install traffic lights at two junctions leading onto a main road in County Durham are being finalised, with works to be carried out this year.

Resurfacing County Durham's roads and reducing plastic pollution

Published January 18, 2023 9.11am

We are doing our bit to reduce plastic pollution whilst making County Durham's roads smoother and safer, for longer.

Wartime stories to be shared as County Durham marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published January 17, 2023 10.37am

Stories of a family's life in occupied Poland and the County Durham men involved in the liberation of Belsen concentration camp will be told during two free events.

County Durham councillors to discuss devolution deal

Published January 13, 2023 12.40pm

Councillors in County Durham are to be asked to endorse proposals for a North East devolution deal which would bring £4.2 billion of investment to the region over the next 30 years.

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Durham City

Published January 13, 2023 10.10am

Communities and venues across County Durham are preparing to welcome the Year of the Rabbit with a host of traditional events and activities.

Learn more about the history of local locomotives

Published January 13, 2023 9.25am

County Durham residents can take a journey back into the history of locomotives next week after careful conservation work has once again made registers accessible.

Pantomime attracts record-breaking audience numbers

Published January 12, 2023 9.19am

A County Durham theatre has had a successful festive season as its pantomime became the venue's bestselling Christmas production.

Residents urged to be prepared to vote

Published January 12, 2023 9.10am

County Durham residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in future elections, ahead of a new requirement to show photo ID at polling stations.

Reminder for parents to apply for primary school places

Published January 12, 2023 9.06am

Parents in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for a primary school place for their child.

"Give it a go!": North East care workers unite in campaign to fill thousands of job vacancies

Published January 11, 2023 9.02am

Care workers in County Durham are lending their voices - and faces - to a recruitment campaign to help fill thousands of vacancies in the adult social care sector.

Councillors given update on savings shortfall

Published January 10, 2023 3.38pm

A significant shortfall in council budgets could be reduced by around £10 million, councillors will hear next week.

Future of allotments in County Durham

Published January 10, 2023 3.37pm

Plans to improve allotments across County Durham will be discussed by councillors when they meet next week.

More bus services and cheaper fares on way for County Durham passengers

Published January 10, 2023 3.22pm

More bus services and cheaper fares are on the way for the travelling public in County Durham, councillors will hear next week.

New regional video campaign aims to cut allergy deaths

Published January 10, 2023 10.57am

A new regional campaign aimed at cutting food allergy-related illness and deaths is launched this week.

Have your say on homelessness and rough sleeper strategy

Published January 05, 2023 9.19am

Residents are being invited to have their say and shape a new strategy to help reduce homelessness and rough sleeping in County Durham.

New North East devolution deal

Published December 28, 2022 9.50am

Plans to bring billions of pounds and more power to the North East have progressed, with Government today releasing a press notice outlining a deal on the table for the seven local authorities in the North East.

County Durham shop ordered to close over tobacco sales

Published December 22, 2022 11.40am

A County Durham shop has been ordered to close after illegal tobacco was sold from the premises.

We have won an award for our use of technology in social care

Published December 22, 2022 9.54am

We and some of our local care homes are celebrating after winning national awards for our use of a digital social care system.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader

Published December 21, 2022 9.58am

We have been recognised for our forward-thinking work to improve employment opportunities for disabled people in County Durham.

Have your say on the future of digital services

Published December 21, 2022 9.27am

County Durham residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of online services at the north east's largest local authority.

Working in partnership to support residents with cost of living

Published December 20, 2022 10.29am

We have vowed to keep doing all we can to help people amid the rising cost of living.

Shared Lives service rated outstanding

Published December 20, 2022 10.00am

A service offering care and support to adults and young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs has been rated as outstanding.

Seven County Durham schools to benefit from building upgrades

Published December 19, 2022 10.35am

Seven schools in County Durham will benefit from major upgrades to their sites following our successful bids.

Updates to Christmas bin collections

Published December 19, 2022 9.23am

Residents across County Durham are reminded of some changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year.

Dates announced for Seaham Food Festival

Published December 16, 2022 9.59am

Traders are being encouraged to get ahead for the new year as applications open to be involved in one of the North East's most popular food festivals.

Christmas and New Year closures

Published December 16, 2022 9.20am

Residents in County Durham are being reminded that Customer Access Points and most other county council buildings will be closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Bold new vision for County Durham's economy

Published December 15, 2022 9.19am

A bold and ambitious new strategy that will shape County Durham's economy over the next decade and beyond has been officially adopted by the county council.

Have your say on outdoor sports facilities in Chester-le-Street

Published December 14, 2022 10.09am

Residents are invited to have their say on how to ensure outdoor sporting facilities in Chester-le-Street meet the needs of local communities and are as sustainable as possible.

County Durham foster carers say thank you to John Lewis

Published December 13, 2022 10.30am

Foster carers in County Durham have written to a national retailer to say thank you for shining a spotlight on what they do.

Audiences in for a festive delight this Christmas at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Published December 13, 2022 10.06am

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bishop Auckland Town Hall with a classic pantomime, festive award-winning folk music and screenings of a festive favourite this December.

New gym, play area and bowling at Peterlee Leisure Centre

Published December 12, 2022 11.03am

A leisure centre in East Durham is set to undergo significant works to enhance its sports and leisure offer.

Host of Ukrainian family encourages others to come forward

Published December 12, 2022 9.06am

"People say to me 'she has got your eyes, is she your granddaughter?'"

Corner shop ordered to close after tobacco investigation

Published December 09, 2022 10.35am

A County Durham shop has been ordered to close after suspected illegal tobacco was found on the premises.

WEEE project wins national award

Published December 09, 2022 10.12am

We have been recognised for our efforts to reduce and recycle waste at the National Recycling Awards.

Plan to invest £30 million in County Durham approved

Published December 08, 2022 10.12am

A plan outlining how the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will be invested in County Durham has been approved by government.

Chance for communities to enhance natural spaces

Published December 08, 2022 9.32am

Those looking to create or enhance areas in their neighbourhood can put plans into action through council funding.

County Durham's network of Warm Spaces

Published December 08, 2022 9.22am

More than 100 Warm Spaces have been created across County Durham.

Accessible performances start for Sleeping Beauty

Published December 07, 2022 11.50am

A popular County Durham pantomime which has entertained thousands of people already is preparing to host its first accessible performance this week.

Fined after fridge freezer fly-tip

Published December 07, 2022 10.53am

A County Durham man has been ordered to pay more than £400 after dumping a fridge freezer in a back lane behind his home.

Annual update on County Durham Plan

Published December 07, 2022 9.35am

Councillors will hear how the County Durham Plan has influenced development, housing, and actions against climate change in County Durham.

Adult social care in County Durham well placed for challenges ahead

Published December 07, 2022 9.09am

The adult social care service we deliver is responding to the "challenges that lie ahead," including changes in national policy and legislation, councillors will hear next week.

Action plan to tackle ecological emergency

Published December 06, 2022 3.57pm

Councillors at a North East authority are to hear a new action plan to address a decline in biodiversity.

Providing further support to families in County Durham

Published December 06, 2022 3.20pm

The launch of a programme that will offer increased support to families will be discussed by councillors in County Durham next week.

Festive lights spread Christmas cheer

Published December 06, 2022 11.01am

A seven-year-old who sparked a County Durham school to collect much needed supplies for Ukraine, has been spreading festive cheer by lighting up a Christmas tree in Durham City.

Keeping County Durham's highways safe this winter

Published December 02, 2022 10.45am

With darker nights and more wintry weather, residents are being urged to report highways issues to help keep the county moving.

Planned HWRC closures

Published December 02, 2022 10.16am

County Durham residents are being made aware of planned closures to a small number of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) this month.

School pupils take part in Spanish Apprentice challenge

Published December 01, 2022 11.20am

Business savvy school pupils are encouraging Spanish tourists to visit County Durham.

Appeal for information following cemetery vandalism

Published November 30, 2022 9.57am

A council has increased its patrols and is appealing for information following significant vandalism at a County Durham cemetery.

Audiences invited to make a wish with popular panto

Published November 29, 2022 9.28am

Families will be able to discover a whole new world and see their wishes come true with the return of a popular family pantomime.

Making County Durham filming friendly

Published November 29, 2022 9.21am

We have committed to making County Durham filming friendly.

Consultation on future of quarry applications in County Durham

Published November 28, 2022 9.21am

A strategy which will help determine future planning applications for quarrying and waste management facilities in County Durham is out for consultation


Bringing Christmas stories to life

Published November 25, 2022 9.35am

Children can make the most of traditional Christmas stories from across Europe next weekend.

Top green accreditation and award

Published November 24, 2022 9.29am

We have been given top-level accreditation for our work to become greener - and have also scooped a national award.

Standing together against gender-based violence

Published November 23, 2022 9.52am

Residents across County Durham are being urged to stand together in the fight against domestic abuse ahead of Friday's White Ribbon Day.

Have your say on County Durham boundary review

Published November 23, 2022 9.27am

People in County Durham are being encouraged to have their say on potential new local council boundaries in the area

Exploring the possibility of mine water heat in Horden

Published November 23, 2022 8.46am

A former County Durham coal mine could be used to grow food and support local businesses in Horden.

Families invited to A Town Called Christmas

Published November 22, 2022 10.34am

A brand new Christmas production is set to entertain youngsters and their families when it opens at two County Durham venues this month.

Campaign launched to encourage safer parking

Published November 22, 2022 10.25am

Parents and carers in County Durham are being reminded of the importance of parking safely when dropping children off at school.

Winter cheer spreads across County Durham

Published November 21, 2022 9.57am

Communities across County Durham can make the most of some free festive fun this winter.

Low carbon energy at the heart of The Story

Published November 21, 2022 9.53am

Solar panels and ground source heat pumps have been installed at The Story as part of a series of low carbon measures.

Improvements planned for Seaham parking site

Published November 18, 2022 3.01pm

Improvements are planned to a site used for parking in a County Durham coastal town.

County Durham schools join Climate Conference during COP27

Published November 16, 2022 11.49am

Pupils in County Durham have joined schools across the globe during COP27 to pledge to protect the environment.

One week left to give views on council budget and savings proposals

Published November 15, 2022 10.52am

Residents in County Durham are being reminded to have their say on proposals to balance council budgets.

Enhancing County Durham communities

Published November 15, 2022 10.42am

Work to enhance a County Durham neighbourhood and address anti-social behaviour is underway.

Lumiere dates announced for 2023

Published November 15, 2022 10.19am

Today marks one year until the return of Lumiere, the UK's light art biennial.

Fighting against fraud

Published November 15, 2022 9.17am

County Durham residents are being reminded of the dangers posed by fraudsters during a week of action to fight fraud and raise awareness.

National success for social work team

Published November 11, 2022 10.54am

We have been recognised for our social work at a national awards.

Safety equipment locked away due to anti-social behaviour

Published November 11, 2022 9.09am

Access to vital water safety equipment at a community pond in County Durham is being put at risk due to incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Night hub to continue in Durham City following funding success

Published November 11, 2022 9.07am

A night hub in Durham City will continue until at least next autumn following the success of a funding bid.

Work to begin on improved leisure facilities and new library at Spennymoor

Published November 10, 2022 10.49am

Work to provide improved leisure facilities and a new library for a County Durham town is to begin this month.

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco found in home and newsagents

Published November 10, 2022 9.31am

Two men have been ordered to pay over £1,000 for selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco in County Durham.

Fine for rogue taxi driver

Published November 10, 2022 9.15am

A County Durham man who used an unlicensed vehicle to transport children to school without appropriate insurance has been ordered to pay over £450 and given six points.

New nature reserve for Durham City

Published November 09, 2022 10.46am

A County Durham wood has been declared a Local Nature Reserve, helping to secure its future and use for generations to come.

Communities supported through County Durham Partnership

Published November 09, 2022 10.34am

Councillors at a North East authority will hear how partnership work has helped provide vital support to communities.

New children's strategy developed for County Durham

Published November 09, 2022 9.21am

Making sure children grow up in a safe, happy, and healthy environment will be at the heart of a new partnership strategy, councillors will be told.

Working together to make smoking history

Published November 08, 2022 4.55pm

Councils across the North East have joined forces with the NHS to help lower levels of smoking and reduce its impact on the health of the population.

Working to tackle poverty across County Durham

Published November 08, 2022 3.04pm

An updated action plan to help tackle poverty and support those struggling with the current economic climate will be discussed next week.

Finance Durham generates £40m and 1,000 jobs in first five years

Published November 08, 2022 3.01pm

A fund which has invested more than £10m in County Durham businesses has brought about an additional £30m of spend and created or safeguarded more than a thousand jobs.

Final consultation on parliamentary boundaries launched

Published November 08, 2022 11.33am

Residents in County Durham are being reminded of a final chance to give their views on proposed changes to constituency boundaries.

Learn more about your Methodist ancestors

Published November 07, 2022 10.41am

An online talk is offering people in County Durham the chance to learn about their Methodist ancestors.

Employment workshops grow confidence

Published November 07, 2022 9.31am

Workshops to help people with disabilities grow confidence and find employment are coming to Bishop Auckland.

Big investment for culture in County Durham

Published November 04, 2022 1.35pm

Organisations across County Durham will be supported in delivering key cultural events and attractions after being successful in bids for funding.

Panto preparation gets underway as rehearsals begin

Published November 04, 2022 10.32am

A Durham City theatre is preparing to get into the festive spirit as rehearsals begin for its popular annual pantomime.

Council enforcement goes live with new cameras

Published November 03, 2022 10.42am

New cameras have been installed at a rural bridge to help a council streamline enforcement of weight restrictions.

Ukrainian teacher helped to find new job in UK

Published November 03, 2022 9.57am

A Ukrainian teacher has thanked a service which helped her continue her dream job after leaving her home country.

Call for traders for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023

Published November 02, 2022 9.35am

Applications are now open for traders to be part of one of the North East's most popular food festivals.

Map showing county's rights of way reaches 70th birthday

Published November 02, 2022 9.13am

A map which depicts thousands of miles of public rights of way which residents and visitors can make use of has reached its 70th birthday.

National award win for member of council staff

Published October 31, 2022 9.27am

A member of staff at the North East's largest council has claimed a national award for helping to put data at the heart of the digital transformation of adult social care.

Work begins to clear debris from Durham's main weir

Published October 31, 2022 8.21am

Work is underway to remove debris from the main weir in Durham City.

Have your say on plans for Bishop Auckland

Published October 28, 2022 11.35am

Residents and businesses in Bishop Auckland are being urged to have their say on a range of projects aimed at helping to regenerate the town centre.

Changes to park and ride service in Durham City

Published October 28, 2022 9.13am

Park and ride customers in Durham City will be able to make contactless card payments from next week.

County Durham residents invited to trace family tree

Published October 28, 2022 9.12am

Residents in Cornforth looking to trace their family tree can find out where to begin with a free course.

National award for team helping residents save on energy bills

Published October 27, 2022 10.16am

A council team has won a national award for its work to help residents save money on their heating and energy bills.

Additional support in place for vulnerable households

Published October 27, 2022 8.11am

Vulnerable households across County Durham can access additional support to help them cope with the rising cost of living this winter.

Residents encouraged to know what goes in which bin

Published October 26, 2022 3.06pm

Currently less than half of materials able to be recycled are recycled, warns a North East council as it encourages residents to be mindful when placing items in their bins.

Man fined for dumping waste in lane behind his house

Published October 26, 2022 2.12pm

A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 for dumping waste in a lane behind his home.

Residents asked to give views on council budget strategy and savings proposals

Published October 25, 2022 3.39pm

A North East council is asking residents to have their say on proposals aimed at balancing its budget next year, including a range of potential savings.

Burnigill Bank works reach key milestone

Published October 25, 2022 10.56am

Essential works to a County Durham road have reached the next key phase of construction.

Have say on plans for former DLI Museum and Art Gallery

Published October 24, 2022 3.33pm

Members of the public can have their say on plans to redevelop the former Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Museum and Art Gallery into an exhibition centre, gallery, café and restaurant.

Reminder for parents to apply for secondary school places

Published October 24, 2022 9.30am

Parents in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for secondary school places for their children.

Community rail partnership achieves national success

Published October 21, 2022 3.12pm

A community rail partnership based in Darlington and South Durham has achieved success at the national Community Rail Awards.

Rogue taxi driver fined

Published October 20, 2022 10.25am

A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after operating a private hire vehicle without having a current private hire operators' licence.

Week of free half-term activities at mining museum

Published October 20, 2022 10.16am

A week of free activities is taking place at a historic mining attraction this October half-term.

Council tax support scheme extended across County Durham

Published October 19, 2022 1.05pm

The region's only scheme to provide a 100 per cent discount on council tax payments to all financially vulnerable households will be extended for another year.

Road resurfacing scheme complete

Published October 19, 2022 9.29am

Roads across County Durham have been resurfaced as part of a network improvement scheme.

Have your say on how you can be supported to stay active

Published October 17, 2022 9.34am

Residents across County Durham are being encouraged to share their thoughts and insights into becoming active and staying active.

Chance to meet Horrible Histories' Terry Deary at theatre performance

Published October 17, 2022 9.23am

Fans of the popular Horrible Histories series will have the chance to meet its author at a spooky theatre production this half term.

Preti Taneja wins the Gordon Burn Prize 2022 at Durham Book Festival

Published October 14, 2022 2.09pm

The tenth annual Gordon Burn Prize was awarded at Durham Book Festival to a writer whose unflinching work of narrative non-fiction blurs genres and form to understand terror, trauma and grief. The winning title is Aftermath by Preti Taneja (And Other Stories, 2022).

Bid for new Investment Zone submitted

Published October 14, 2022 2.01pm

A bid to create a new Investment Zone on two sites in County Durham has been submitted.

Reminder of what goes where as part of Recycle Week

Published October 13, 2022 10.28am

Residents in County Durham are being reminded of what rubbish goes in which bin as part of Recycle Week.

Fined for failing to assist with fly-tipping investigations

Published October 13, 2022 10.13am

Two men from County Durham have been ordered to pay more than £2,500 between them for failing to assist in separate fly-tipping investigations.

Free art exhibition on show at Gala Gallery

Published October 12, 2022 9.16am

Colourful artworks created by young adults who need additional support have gone on show as part of a free exhibition.

Funding opportunities for community groups

Published October 12, 2022 9.04am

Voluntary and community groups in the Crook, Willington and Tow Law areas can apply for a slice of thousands of pounds in funding to support a range of initiatives.

Learn more about Scottish ancestors

Published October 10, 2022 10.00am

An online talk is offering people in County Durham the chance to find out more about their Scottish ancestors.

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