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News: Durham County Council

REWARDED: Cath Park, 79, who has cared for children since 1985, has been given a 'good' rating from Oftsed. Pictured with daughter-in-law Paula Park (far left) and granddaughter Samantha Charlton (centre left), Isobel Hendy (centre right) and Poppy Clarks

Reward for childminder of 30 years

SAVED: Two town councils have struck a deal with Durham County Council to retain more than 100 street lights along parts of the A167. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Deal struck to save A167 street lights

VISIT: Marco Biagi MSP, the Scottish minister for local government and community empowerment, and Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships

Minister learns from council's methods

Greg Clark

Minister believes North-East authorities will accept more powerful mayors

SURVEILLANCE: Durham County Council cabinet member Brian Stephens and others with new CCTV cameras bought to catch flytippers

73 fined for flytipping in May

POOR ATTENDER: Alison Palmer has been thrown off Great Aycliffe Town Council for poor attendance

Aycliffe councillor claims £1,000 allowance but only attends two meetings in a year

DEBATE: Durham County Council

Clark urged to resist 'back-room deal' over £3bn masterplan

RETIRING: Durham County Council chief executive George Garlick is retiring in January

Durham council chief executive George Garlick to retire

TALKS: County Hall, home of Durham County Council

Masterplan challenge paused for talks

COMMENTS: North East Combined Authority chair Simon Henig

North-East strongly wants devolution - Henig

RULES: Council considering changes to taxi policy

Drivers and passengers to be consulted about changing taxi rules

REDUCTION: Operation Stop It has helped bring about a reduction in flytipping in County Durham

Council cracks down on flytippers in County Durham

SPONSORS: Businesses are backing the Lumiere festival to be staged in Durham this year

Enlightened businesses sponsor Lumiere festival

VITAL: North Durham Labour MP Kevan Jones

MPs urge Minister to help get 'vital' County Durham Plan back on track

PLANNING: The conference will discuss neighbourhood plans

Conference will discuss planning changes

Durham County Hall

Durham county councillors to pledge their commitment to tackle alcohol harm

Durham County Council (27544074)

Child seat clinics held as part of Child Safety Week

DEAL: The Gala Theatre in Durham

Cinema could grow under outsourcing deal

RAPPED: Durham County Council

Council rapped after officer 'gazumps' land sale

TRIBUTES: Robin Todd MBE, who has died aged 74

Council vice-chair dies days after election

STREWN: Four events organised in County Durham to help clear up litter

Litter pickers invited to clean up their communities

CHAIR: New Durham County Council chairman Jan Blakey. Picture: MARTIN AVERY PHOTOGRAPHY

Meals on Wheels Jan elected council chair

SUPPORT: Durham County Council

Three firms join Durham council in legal battle over masterplan

THANKS: Durham County Council chairman John Robinson presents the Chairman's Medal to Major Denis Lomax from The Salvation Army, with others including Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

Council chairman thanks volunteers

RUBBISH TEAM: Ian Hoult, Durham County Council's neighbourhood protection manager; Councillor Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships; Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services; and Dave Riseley, neighbourhood protection en

17 flytipping cases investigated after council installs extra CCTV cameras

LEGAL FIGHT: Durham County Council is seeking a judicial review

UPDATED: Council launches legal fight to save ambitious masterplan

CLEAN-UP: One of the recent community clean-ups. Councillor Eunice Huntington (left) and Joyce Lovack, chair of Our Place community group and secretary of the residents association (right), take part in the litter pick in Shotton. Picture: DAVID WOOD.

Volunteer army springs into action to clean up communities

FEED: Make compost to use in the garden

Get composting

ADVICE: The report came from Durham County Council’s Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Block self-harm websites on council PCs - report

AT RISK: 124 County Durham children were judged to be 'at risk' of sexual exploitation

124 County Durham children 'at risk' of sexual abuse

FRESH START: Tenant Joyce Lovack, chair of the transfer project’s Customer Working Group, with Bill Fullen, County Durham Housing Group chief executive

Durham County Council sells its last 18,400 homes to not-for-profit housing group

Councillors to decide on taxi change consultation

Councillors to decide on taxi change consultation

ACTION: Durham County Council

Clean crackdown

BY-ELECTIONS: Four councillors have resigned from Durham County Council

By-elections planned as four councillors quit

PLEASED: Councillor Eddie Tomlinson

Minister's £214m pledge opens door to council housing transfer

REJECTED: Councillors turn down housing plan

Residents applaud as councillors reject open space housing development near Chester-le-Street

CONFIDENT: Durham County Council cabinet member Neil Foster

Council hopeful over future of economic masterplan

STRATEGY: The fate of Durham County Council's County Durham Plan remains uncertain

Warning to Osborne to keep hands off Durham's green belt

CLEAN-UP: Residents of Barnard Castle remove litter from around the town. Pictured are Jane Woodward, Aidan Woodward, five, and Councillor Frank Harrison Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Barnard Castle residents get behind Big Spring Clean campaign

FUNDING: Durham County Council has secured £3.2m in funding

Minister pledges £3.2m for vulnerable families

Director criticises 'unfair' decision at planning meeting

GROWTH: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig told delegates that devolution must be offered to all.

Economic growth must not be confined to the North of England's big cities, delegates told

28 of the county's children's centres to close despite hundreds of objections

28 of the county's children's centres to close despite hundreds of objections

VISIT: Chinese Consul General Li Yongsheng signs the visitors book at Durham's County Hall, with Consul Dr Zhao Jixian; Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council; council leader Simon Henig; and Chairman's Consort Maxine Robinson. Pictur

Li-way for Chinese links after Consul's visit

SAVINGS: Durham County Council faces cuts topping £250m

Slashing children's centres to save £1m

FLYTIPPING: Residents flytipping are being targeted as part of a clampdown in County Durham

Flytippers in County Durham targeted by multi-agency taskforce's crackdown

SERVICE: Durham County Council are reminding residents they can sign up for green waste collections

Sign up for garden waste service, says Durham County Council

MINISTER: Penny Mordaunt

Minister tells County Durham local plan debate council's "ambition is right"

FUNDING: Durham COunty Council has been awarded almost £500,000 towards creating sanctuary

Government to fund sanctuary for child victims of exploitation

CRITICAL: Roger Cornwell, from the City of Durham Trust

Businesses demand Pickles rescues 'ridiculed' council growth plan

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