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How vulnerable people can vote in May 2021 elections
Published March 08, 2021 10.17am
People with health conditions are to receive guidance on how they can vote in the forthcoming elections.
Reinstate mothballed railway line, council urges Government
Published March 05, 2021 2.38pm
The North East's largest council is calling on the Government to reinstate a currently closed railway line, providing major economic, environmental and social benefits to the region in the process.
Free public wi-fi set to boost seaside town's recovery
Published March 04, 2021 11.05am
Free wi-fi is being introduced in Seaham next week as part of a multimillion-pound scheme to enhance the vibrancy of towns and villages across County Durham.
Keeping people connected during coronavirus pandemic
Published March 02, 2021 11.24am
A charity that works with blind and partially sighted residents in County Durham will be able to offer extra support through an Area Action Partnership (AAP) funding grant.
Cowboy builder gets prison sentence following prosecution
Published March 02, 2021 9.18am
A cowboy builder who ripped off customers in County Durham by carrying out sub-standard work on their homes has been handed a prison sentence of more than two years.
Nomination deadline for elections on Thursday 6 May 2021
Published March 01, 2021 1.21pm
Prospective candidates wishing to stand in County Durham elections as a county councillor, a parish or town councillor or for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 6 May 2021 have until Thursday 8 April to submit their nomination.
Published February 26, 2021 12.00am
Swimming memberships are a great option if you swim regularly, and don't use the gym or group exercise classes.
Plans announced for Consett Pool repair work
Published February 25, 2021 6.14pm
We have announced our plans to deal with historic repair issues that have led to the temporary closure of Consett Pool for safety reasons.
Chance to apply for free cycle parking stands
Published February 25, 2021 10.50am
Businesses and voluntary sector groups in County Durham can apply for free cycle parking stands and hangars after a new deal was agreed.
Court orders County Durham gym to close after breaking lockdown rules
Published February 24, 2021 5.50pm
We have successfully obtained a closure order against a County Durham gym for breaching health protection regulations by operating during lockdown.
Prestigious Environment Awards go virtual
Published February 22, 2021 12.45pm
Organisers of an annual awards ceremony had to think on their feet to be able to celebrate environmental guardianship and community spirit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Delight as new £34 million school campus moves a step closer
Published February 22, 2021 11.20am
Headteachers and the Bishop of Durham have welcomed an important step forward in plans to create a multimillion-pound campus for two North East schools.
Popular children's park to get new play equipment
Published February 18, 2021 11.49am
A popular children's play park has closed to allow for a full refurbishment, thanks to funding from its Area Action Partnership (AAP).
Council on the lookout for Independent Person role applicants
Published February 18, 2021 10.39am
Applications are invited for a role which helps to ensure high standards of conduct in local government.
Children to get food and activity packs during half-term break
Published February 16, 2021 12.00pm
Children across County Durham are being sent food and activity packs to keep them well-fed and occupied during February half-term thanks to a grant of nearly £4,000.
Statement from LA7 Leaders
Published February 15, 2021 4.00pm
"Following the most difficult year many of us have ever faced, news of the first 15 million of the most vulnerable people in the United Kingdom receiving their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine is incredibly welcome.
Carers' 'quick intervention' saves 98-year-old in kitchen fire
Published February 15, 2021 11.38am
Two County Durham care responders have been praised by fire services for their quick-thinking, which helped save the life of a 98-year-old during a kitchen fire.
Still time to apply to get 17 garden waste collections
Published February 12, 2021 10.53am
Residents in County Durham still have time to apply for this year's garden waste scheme and get all 17 collections during 2021.
£67,000 awarded in grants to make businesses energy efficient
Published February 11, 2021 10.54am
Nearly 100 businesses in County Durham have significantly improved their energy efficiency in the last year, thanks to a project which helps save on running costs by reducing carbon emissions
Rogue trader gets suspended prison sentence
Published February 11, 2021 10.33am
A rogue trader who failed to carry out proper repairs to household appliances or deliver new goods after customers had already paid him has been given a suspended prison sentence.
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