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News: Durham County Council

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

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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

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

Sign up for adult learning courses in autumn

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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MOVING: County Hall in Durham

Durham county councillors to consider moving out of Aykley Heads

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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

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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

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

73 fined for flytipping in May

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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

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DEBATE: Durham County Council

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

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

Durham council chief executive George Garlick to retire

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TALKS: County Hall, home of Durham County Council

Masterplan challenge paused for talks

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COMMENTS: North East Combined Authority chair Simon Henig

North-East strongly wants devolution - Henig

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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

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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

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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

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Child seat clinics held as part of Child Safety Week

DEAL: The Gala Theatre in Durham

Cinema could grow under outsourcing deal

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RAPPED: Durham County Council

Council rapped after officer 'gazumps' land sale

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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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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

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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

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LEGAL FIGHT: Durham County Council is seeking a judicial review

UPDATED: Council launches legal fight to save ambitious masterplan

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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

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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

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Councillors to decide on taxi change consultation

Councillors to decide on taxi change consultation

ACTION: Durham County Council

Clean crackdown

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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

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