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Community Action Scheme

The Community Action Scheme brings together residents and a range of organisations to tackle housing and environmental issues in a specific area by identifying local priorities and making best use of resources.

Who takes part in the scheme

The Community Action Scheme is led by our Community Action Team (CAT), which includes members of our Community Protection Service, planning, Neighbourhood wardens and housing teams, who work alongside police and community support officers and fire and rescue teams. As well as delivering some level of enforcement, we have a key role in promoting health and healthier lifestyles.

While our members stay involved throughout the programme, other partners may join in the delivery of certain programmes in line with identified problems or issues.

Our current project

We are currently carrying out work in Spennymoor.

You've given us your views 

Thanks to those of you who came along to one of our sessions and filled in our survey to give us your views. We will tackle the following issues:

  • Removal of rubbish dumped in gardens, on streets and on waste ground
  • Improving housing standards and management of privately rented properties
  • Dealing with empty properties
  • Anti-social behaviour

We'll be doing some walk-abouts with partners in the area throughout July and August. Say hello if you see us.

Which streets will we focus on?

  • Baff Street
  • Carr Street
  • Clarence Street
  • Clarence Court
  • Clyde Terrace
  • Craddock Street
  • Dickens Street
  • Drake Street
  • Dundas Street
  • Eden Road
  • Edward Street
  • Flora Street
  • High Street
  • Jackson Street
  • James Street
  • Jubilee Close
  • North Street
  • Oxclose Crescent
  • Robert Street
  • Rosa Street
  • Shafto Street
  • Shaw Street
  • South Street
  • Stratton Street
  • Timothy Terrace
  • Todd Street
  • Victoria Gardens
  • Villa Street
  • Villiers Street
  • Wear Street
  • Whitworth Terrace

Why this work is happening

We work across the county and provide resources to target particular areas and problems. We use enforcement powers to encourage owners, occupiers and landlords to take responsibility for their neighbourhood and their properties.

How it works

We normally deliver an 11 week rolling programme, moving around the county and focusing on a certain community each time. This breaks down into:

  • two weeks of identifying issues and planning priorities
  • seven weeks of action
  • two weeks of review

When moved on to another area, any new issues are then dealt with by the existing services in the area. This unique project model, working alongside the community to improve local conditions, means that the impact of the Community Action Scheme continues beyond the project period, with residents experiencing longer-term benefits.

What happens

We will ask residents, businesses and members of the local community for input in areas and problems they would like us to tackle.

Information from those involved with the community informs the main priorities chosen by residents during a residents' engagement event at the start of the CAT programme. We then focus on these during our weeks of action.

Our next project

We will be in Wheatley Hill between 10 October and 24 December.

Previous projects

We've just completed work in Easington Colliery,  across 11 weeks in the area. we served more than 200 legal notices and actioned 334 pieces of work mainly focusing on flytipping and the illegal dumping of waste. We worked with house owners to bring empty properties back into use. 

Prior to that in 2021, we were in Dean Bank, Ferryhill. Before that we headed to South Moor and Shildon. In 2020 we visited  Horden, Ferryhill Station and Blackhall Colliery. 

Each location is evaluated against a set of criteria to prioritise areas with the greatest need within County Durham and identify areas suitable for the scheme. This is calculated using data on empty homes, health deprivation, the percentage of tenants of privately rented accommodation in receipt of Housing Benefit, anti-social behaviour and crime.

Find information on Community Action Scheme - previous projects. In each area, priorities for improvement were identified and we worked with local residents in resolving these issues.

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Contact us
Community Action
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Community Protection
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ