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News: Durham County Council

BENEFITS: Durham County Council is encouraging people to put garden trimmings, grass cuttings and fallen leaves to good use by turning them into nutritious compost

County Durham residents urged to compost this autumn

SESSION: Information day will take place at County Hall

Information day to outline support for foster carers

ADOPTION APPEAL: Durham County Council is holding an adoption information session

Could you adopt an SEN child?

DECISION DELAYED: The former Grafton House hotel, South Street, Durham

No decision on upmarket guest house

VISION: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig

Masterplan saved, after judge agrees to quash critical report

SAVING: County Councillor Mark Wilkes

Anger as plans to cut council mileage rate are shelved

STAUNCH DEFENCE: Durham County Council's Labour deputy leader Councillor Alan Napier

Labour chief defends council against 'cradle to grave' cuts flak

WINTER: Durham County Council is advising residents to check opening times at their local household waste recycling centres as winter opening hours come in

Winter opening hours come into effect at County Durham recycling centres

Council offers schools loans

Disruption to internet services

Council's apology over library internet fault

COFFEE: Councillor John Shuttleworth is angry that Durham County Council is spending £38,000 on a new coffee shop in County Hall. Picture: TOM BANKS

Cost-cutting council under fire for spending £38,000 on new coffee shop

CUTS LOOM: Durham County Council is considering cutting school transport

Fears for disabled, as council cuts threaten school transport

DONATE: Rachel Kurtz pictured with Wayne Cole Assistant manager of Wilkos in Durham who have donated £60 to refugees in Calais picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Durham County Council to draw up action plan to support refugees

APPEAL: Durham County Council urges residents to register to vote

Durham County Council urges voters to register

REVELATION: The Echo's FOI request showed 38 councillors were sent council tax demands

Investigation reveals North-East councillors served with unpaid council tax demands totalling £11,000

ENVIRONMENT: Durham County Council issued 118 fixed penalty notices last month for offences including littering, dog fouling, untidy yards or gardens and carrying waste without the correct licence

Nearly 120 people pay the price for environmental crimes in County Durham

GUIDE: Librarian Scott robinson with Durham County Council's Autumn 2015 Learning Guide.

Sign up for adult learning courses in autumn

PLEDGE: Durham County Council take part in a scheme to give ex-service personnel better access to social housing

Council pledges its support for armed forces' veterans

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS: At Bishop Auckland town recreation ground are (from left): David Bailey and Lee Pairs from the Clean and Green team, Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnershi

Council praised for floral displays


Residents urged to have their say on how contaminated land is dealt with

CRITICISM: Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Wilkes

Durham council cuts chief exec salary by £15k

BIN IT: Members of Durham County Council’s recycling team, who are encouraging residents to recycle through the Bin it Right campaign

Successful recycling campaign to continue for another year

HANDOVER: Colin Hillary, chairman of Framwellgate Moor Community Association, signs an agreement to take over running of the community centre from Durham County Council, represented by Gordon Elliott. Picture: ANDY LAMB

Community revolution as locals take control of village halls

CLOSURE: Stanhope Pathways, a day care centre in Stanhope, is facing closure. Picture: TOM BANKS

County council plans revealed to close 13 day care centres

UNDER THREAT: The Racecourse play park on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Six play areas facing closure by Durham County Council

GO-AHEAD: Councillors have granted outline planning permission for Coxhoe housing development

Newts to be moved to make way for housing

AGEING: County Hall, Durham which could be demolished

County Hall faces the bulldozers, as councillors back £50m HQ move

CLOSING: The Racecourse play park on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (31419407)

Plans to review play parks to be discussed by councillors

MOVING: County Hall in Durham

Durham county councillors to consider moving out of Aykley Heads

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


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