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'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

Darlington and Stockton Times: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

6:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

Darlington and Stockton Times: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Council's flood response praised

Darlington and Stockton Times: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

Darlington and Stockton Times: (10027074)

5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

Darlington and Stockton Times: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

Village set for 200-plus new homes

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

Tributes paid to former Durham County Council chairman

Darlington and Stockton Times: Coun Pauline Charlton

6:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORMER chairman of Durham County Council has died following an illness.

Smoking ban for play areas considered

Darlington and Stockton Times: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.

Residents in North-East consulted about broadband coverage

Darlington and Stockton Times: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the North-East are being asked about broadband coverage.

Jobseekers' prospects boosted after securing work placement with building firm

Darlington and Stockton Times: BUILDING SKILLS: Darren Edwards and Shaun Henderson boosted their job prospects with work placements

1:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO jobseekers boosted their skills and job prospects after securing work placements with a building firm.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Talks agreed over future of children's centres

Darlington and Stockton Times: Liberal Democrat councillor Owen Temple (8575599)

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PLANS to slash a county’s children’s centres will be further debated next week (Thursday, July 31), amid allegations local councillors were not properly briefed on the shake-up.

Lib Dem bid to force Living Wage fails

Darlington and Stockton Times: Councillor Mark Wilkes outside the Mercia Retail Park in Durham. (8548193)

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to force the North-East’s biggest council to pay the Living Wage by next spring has failed.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

Darlington and Stockton Times: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

Planners spurn £17m student digs scheme for former mental hospital

Darlington and Stockton Times: An artist's impression of the redeveloped former County Hospital (8480284)

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS furious at the “studentification” of their city could be on the brink of a major success, after planners came out against multi-million pound plans to turn a former hospital into digs.

£840,000 funding to improve routes for walkers, cyclists and bus users

Darlington and Stockton Times: GREEN TRANSPORT: Cycle paths will be improved across south Durham

1:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TRANSPORT project that helps jobseekers, reduces congestion and protects the environment is expanding thanks to £840,000 in funding.

Residents to challenge council decision allowing Wheatley Hill Service Station to keep widened back entrance

Darlington and Stockton Times: Margaret Hedley at back entrance to Wheatley Hill Service Station. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8435276)

3:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council decision to allow a filling station to keep a widened rear exit - which they say directs traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

Consultation on dog beach ban

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

5:58pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DOGS could be banned from the beach of a former pit town.

Approval for consultation on shake-up of Children's Centres

Darlington and Stockton Times: Granted application (8248423)

5:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A COUNCIL is to start consulting on a shake-up that could see two thirds of its Children’s Centres close.

Leading councillor urges tenants to vote

Darlington and Stockton Times: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

4:18pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TENANTS are being urged to use their vote in a ballot on the ownership of their homes.

Decision to be made on First World War memorials

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

6:26pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS could be given the chance to decide where paving stones remembering County Durham’s Victoria Cross heroes are located.

Homes transfer ballot decision

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:24pm Monday 14th July 2014

THOUSANDS of council tenants could be balloted on the future ownership of their homes.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Schools close as thousands of teachers and public servants strike

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNION STRIKES: Unions members in Darlington gather before travelling to take part in a rally and march in Newcastle. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

4:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

STRIKE action by thousands of public sector workers in the region forced schools to close, shut council services and disrupted work by government departments.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Council urged to pledge £500k for Lumiere return

Darlington and Stockton Times: Solar Equation at Lumiere 2013 (7991251)

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to pledge more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money to ensure a spectacular light festival returns to the North-East next year.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Crackdown on blue badge misuse across county

12:25pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A CRACKDOWN begins tomorrow (Monday July 7) over the misuse of parking badges.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

5:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRAFFIC wardens will be cracking down on motorists who misuse disabled parking badges.

School fears over village housing bid

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide next week on an application to build housing on farmland on the edge of a village.

Green light for Lumiere return, as Arts Council pledges £1.2m

Darlington and Stockton Times: Solar Equation, Lumiere 2013

6:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than £1m in Arts Council funding has been promised to bring a spectacular light festival back to the North-East twice over the next three years.

Revealed: The hardly-used electric car charging points costing taxpayers up to £4,000

Darlington and Stockton Times: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Sniperley Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340981)

9:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SOME electric car charging points in the North-East have been used so little each re-charge has cost the taxpayer up to £4,000, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Protests over plans to remove colliery spoil heap at Hesleden

Darlington and Stockton Times: Spoil tip and cycle path  (7348314)

2:23pm Friday 20th June 2014

PLANS to extract coal from a former colliery spoil heap next to a rural village have provoked a storm of protest from residents.

Councillors back two school extension schemes

Darlington and Stockton Times: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:08pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

MULTI-MILLION pound plans to extend and improve two schools have been backed by councillors.

Last ditch attempt to save care home fails

Darlington and Stockton Times: Protestors outside County Hall this morning ahead of the decision

2:00pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

PEOPLE with loved ones in a closure-listed care home staged a protest this morning.

Villagers celebrate victory after opencast mine plans quashed

Darlington and Stockton Times: VICTORY: Protestors outside County Hall earlier today before the announcement

5:06pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

VILLAGERS are celebrating victory in their fight to prevent a proposed opencast coal mine on countryside on the outskirts of Durham.

We are ready and able to work together for region - super-authority chief

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cities minister Greg Clark with regional political and economic leaders (7228115)

12:14pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

THE head of a new “super authority” has insisted the North-East’s councils are ready to work together for the benefit of the whole region, following talks with a government minister.

Newtown House closure needs to be reconsidered, councillor claims

Darlington and Stockton Times: Anita Savory and Stanhope Parish Council chairman Richard Mews have both publicly condemned the decision to close Newtown House

9:34pm Sunday 15th June 2014

A COUNCILLOR is urging colleagues to support reversing a decision to close a Durham dales care home.

Council chairman honours his forerunner at hospice

Darlington and Stockton Times: PRESENTATION: Councillor John Robinson chairman of Durham County Council (right) presents the gifts to former chairman Bill Firby (89) during his visit to St Cuthbert's Hospice. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7131159)

4:45pm Friday 13th June 2014

A COUNCIL chairman has honoured one of his forerunners for his lifelong commitment to the community.

More than 250 people fined in County Durham for dog fouling and littering

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

3:38pm Friday 13th June 2014

MORE than 250 people have paid the price for dog fouling, dropping litter or not clearing rubbish from their yards in the last two months.

Council takes steps to stump out smoking in play parks

Darlington and Stockton Times: Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK, with around half of all long-term smokers dying prematurely.

9:40pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

SMOKING in children’s play parks could be stumped out if a council has its way.

Former council chairman honoured

Darlington and Stockton Times: Former Durham County Council chairman Bill Firby

3:58pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A FORMER council chairman will be honoured by his most recent successor later this week (Friday, June 13).

Plans submitted to demolish Hunwick Community Centre

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

3:09pm Friday 6th June 2014

PLANS have been submitted to demolish a community centre.

Traders in Shildon allowed to keep alcohol licences despite serving underage teenagers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

2:41pm Friday 6th June 2014

SHOPOWNERS who sold alcohol to underage children in Shildon have agreed to impose measures so that they keep their licences to sell booze.

Smoking ban proposed for play areas

6:01am Friday 6th June 2014

PLAY areas across County Durham could be declared smoke-free zones if the public backs a council proposal.






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