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Safeguarding changes ahead of schedule
Published March 26, 2019 3.46pm
New arrangements for safeguarding children in County Durham are set to come into place well ahead of a Government deadline.
Future of Cotsford infant and junior schools
Published March 26, 2019 3.36pm
With pupil numbers expected to significantly fall and budgets reducing, plans to amalgamate two schools in County Durham will be discussed by councillors next week.
Tackling the illegal tobacco trade
Published March 26, 2019 3.32pm
More than 24,000 illegal cigarettes, 129kg of rolling tobacco and £50,000 in cash has been seized in the past 12 months as part of efforts to crack down on the illegal tobacco trade in County Durham.
Think Autism in County Durham
Published March 26, 2019 3.17pm
Progress on the development of an all-age approach to autism in County Durham will be heard by councillors next week.
Apollo 50: Hundreds turn out in Peterlee to see Apollo Pavilion in a new light as 50th anniversary celebrations lift off
Published March 26, 2019 11.04am
More than 1500 people experienced a taste of Lumiere in Peterlee over the weekend as Victor Pasmore's iconic Apollo Pavilion was transformed by light artists Mader Wiermann in the launch event of a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark structure.
Pub manager pleads guilty to serving teen out of hours
Published March 20, 2019 2.15pm
A former pub manager who served alcohol to a 15-year-old girl during a late-night lock-in has had his licence suspended and is facing a legal bill of almost of £500.
Dedicated cemetery volunteer receives Chairman's Medal
Published March 20, 2019 10.22am
A Langley Park man has been awarded the county's highest honour for the support he offers to bereaved families and his devotion to tending a natural burial site.
No recommendations for improvement for gold standard health team
Published March 19, 2019 9.55am
Auditors were so impressed by our work to help our workforce stay healthy that they took the unprecedented step of making no recommendations for improvement following a recent inspection.
Kids club founders honoured for their dedication to the community
Published March 19, 2019 9.43am
Two kids club founders have received a high honour for their work with young people in their community.
Farmer prosecuted for allowing animals to suffer
Published March 18, 2019 11.21am
A farmer has been handed a suspended prison sentence for the "significant and unnecessary" suffering he inflicted on animals on a farm in County Durham.
Still time to shape allotment policy in County Durham
Published March 15, 2019 11.58am
Ensuring allotments are the thriving horticultural centres they should be is at the heart of a review on how key green spaces are maintained in County Durham.
Operation Spruce Up visits more County Durham villages
Published March 15, 2019 11.41am
A campaign which encourages residents to get together to ensure their neighbourhoods look their best is showing no signs of slowing down in 2019.
Partners pledge to tackle single use plastics
Published March 15, 2019 11.41am
The region's largest council and a number of its partners have signed a collective new pledge as part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate single use plastics.
Explorer and daring filmmaker join adventure festival line-up
Published March 15, 2019 10.40am
A two-time Olympic champion rower and a wildlife cameraman who has filmed in some of the world's most hostile environments are heading to the North East.
Have your say on polling districts
Published March 15, 2019 10.33am
Voters in County Durham are being encouraged to have their say election arrangements for their area.
Famed blogger to inspire schools at Durham ICT conference
Published March 14, 2019 11.30am
Education staff are invited to hear a celebrated blogger speak at a regional ICT event.
Family theatre tickets up for grabs in library competitions
Published March 14, 2019 10.16am
Young bookworms have not one but two chances to win a fantastic prize in March and April.
North East theatre-makers give family tale a musical makeover
Published March 14, 2019 9.42am
A trio of North East theatre talent will flock to Durham with a performance of a children's classic this Easter.
Finding your ancestors in the Victorian workhouse
Published March 13, 2019 11.57am
A family history session will invite people to trace their family back to the Victorian workhouse.
Barnard Castle's revamped recycling centre opens its gates
Published March 12, 2019 1.52pm
A revamped household waste recycling centre has opened to the public, offering even more opportunities for residents to get rid of unwanted items in an eco-friendly way.
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