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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.

Black Friday Gym offer

Published November 25, 2022 5.00am

Sign up to a Black Friday gym membership deal and receive 25% off your monthly Direct Debit payments for an amazing 12 months.

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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