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Ensuring best possible response to major incidents following Storm Arwen
Published July 05, 2022 3.51pm
A new plan sets out actions to ensure the best possible response to major incidents in County Durham on the back of Storm Arwen.
Prestigious accolades for council's environmental projects
Published July 01, 2022 10.08am
The largest local authority in the North East is celebrating rounds of success after being recognised three times for its work to tackle climate change.
Sprucing up Durham City
Published June 22, 2022 9.20am
Durham City's riverbank has been spruced up as part of an annual project to keep the city tidy.
Council reveals new plan for net zero by 2030
Published June 16, 2022 12.04pm
The largest local authority in the North East has reviewed its climate change targets to produce an even more ambitious plan to achieve net zero in less than a decade.
Council sets out new targets to tackle climate change
Published June 07, 2022 3.35pm
A new set of ambitious climate targets are to be discussed by councillors, as we prepare to outline our next steps to achieving net zero.
Levelling Up bids would see £117m investment across County Durham
Published June 07, 2022 3.16pm
More than £117m worth of schemes that would enhance transport, regeneration, town centres and culture are being developed across County Durham.
County Durham man fined for flytipping household waste
Published May 26, 2022 12.05pm
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay £1,000 after being caught on CCTV dumping a mattress, car seat and wood at the side of a road.
Man fined following nature reserve flytip
Published May 19, 2022 9.23am
A man has been ordered to pay more than £450 after a vehicle he hired was used to dump waste at a County Durham nature reserve.
Man fined for dumping waste over neighbour's wall
Published May 06, 2022 12.13pm
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after he was caught throwing rubbish over his neighbour's wall.
Have your say on plans to protect beauty spot from anti-social behaviour
Published May 06, 2022 9.14am
County Durham residents are being encouraged to share their views on proposals to introduce new enforcement powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in a popular Teesdale beauty spot.
Durham welcomes Northumbria in Bloom judges
Published April 28, 2022 9.00am
Competition judges have cast an expert eye over Durham City's best blooms and environmental campaigns.
Electric vehicle car hire launches in County Durham
Published April 14, 2022 9.16am
Residents in County Durham can now hire an electric vehicle for the day, as part of a new car club service.
Community wildlife park receives Chairman's Medal
Published April 11, 2022 9.24am
A County Durham wildlife park has been recognised for its commitment to the local environment.
Thousands of County Durham homes to receive energy efficiency improvements
Published March 31, 2022 9.27am
A North East council has secured £10 million in funding to help housing associations make major energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
Councillors to be asked to declare ecological emergency
Published March 29, 2022 3.25pm
Councillors will be asked to declare an ecological emergency in County Durham as part of plans to do more to stop the decline of wildlife and natural habitats.
Sharing ideas on how to become carbon neutral
Published March 15, 2022 10.27am
We hosted an event with international partners to share information on how to improve ways to get more businesses to become carbon neutral.
Council branches out with boost for tree teams
Published March 01, 2022 9.16am
A North East Council is redoubling its efforts to protect, maintain and expand its tree cover.
Man to pay thousands after carrying out multiple flytips
Published February 15, 2022 9.17am
A Hartlepool man has been ordered to pay over £4,000 after he was caught flytipping at multiple locations in County Durham.
Flytipper fined for dumping fridges in County Durham layby
Published February 03, 2022 9.23am
A man who was captured on CCTV repeatedly dumping fridges in a County Durham layby has been ordered to pay more than £1,700, received a suspended prison sentence and had his van seized.
Changes to school loan scheme to support energy efficiency projects
Published January 11, 2022 4.06pm
Leaders of a North East council are being asked to consider changes to a loan scheme which will encourage schools to make energy efficiency improvements.