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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.

Durham County Council cabinet asked to approve more funding to local businesses

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

5:37pm Thursday 5th June 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to approve plans to spend more money with their local businesses.

Warning against cold callers

Darlington and Stockton Times: (6693435)

4:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

THE case of a woman who paid £200 for roof repairs which were never carried out has prompted a warning to homeowners not to hire cold callers to undertake work.

Father fears tree branches could fall into his garden injuring his children in Chilton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Andy Franks, of Chilton, who is concerned that tree branches near his home could fall and injure his children

12:13pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A FATHER claims that branches on a tree growing close to his garden need pruning, otherwise he fears they will fall and injure his two children.

Council rejects wrongdoing over hall sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEVELOPER WANTED: Land at Windlestone Hall, near Rushyford, County Durham, is being sold for housing.

6:01am Friday 23rd May 2014

A LOCAL authority has rejected any wrongdoing over the sale of an historic hall after police were urged to investigate.

Call for police investigation into historic hall sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEVELOPER WANTED: Land at Windlestone Hall, near Rushyford, County Durham, is being sold for housing.

7:02am Thursday 22nd May 2014

POLICE have been urged to investigate a council's sale of an historic hall for just £241,000.

Protestors continue the fight to save OAP homes on the steps of County Hall

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO CUTS: Protesters against closures of care homes make a stand outside Durham County Hall.
Picture: ANDY LAMB
 (6420983)

4:58pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to keep fighting a council’s decision to close its last five old people’s homes.

Council thanks retiring chairman for being a "fantastic ambassador"

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW CHAIRMAN: John Robinson, second from right, after being made chairman of Durham County Council at County Hall. From left consort Maxine Robinson, John Robinson, consort Alan Blakey and deputy chair Jan Blakey
Picture: ANDY LAMB (6421153)

2:33pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to the outgoing chairman of Durham County Council.

Protestors picket outside County Hall over care home closures

Darlington and Stockton Times: Protestors outside County Hall, Durham, this morning. Picture: ANDY LAMB

1:04pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

PROTESTORS angry at the decision to close five council-run care homes held a demonstration in Durham this morning.

Search for best school attenders

6:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

THE search is on for County Durham’s most dedicated pupils.

Switch off campaign saves Durham County Council £90,000 a year

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRIGHT MOVE: Jonathan Cole, editor of Greenbuild Magazine, with Catherine Marsden, energy conservation officer at Durham County Council.

5:35pm Monday 19th May 2014

PERSUADING staff to switch off lights and computers when they are not in use has won a council a national award.

Plans for housing at historic hall sold by council

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEVELOPER WANTED: Land at Windlestone Hall, near Rushyford, County Durham, is being sold for housing.

6:39am Monday 19th May 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that land - in the grounds of a 19th century stately home sold by a council for just £241,000 - is being offered for sale for a multi-million pound luxury housing complex.

Protesters form circle of tears around Stanhope's doomed care home

Darlington and Stockton Times: Residents of Newton House in Stanhope, County Durham, were joined by friends, relatives and the wider Weardale community to protest over Durham County Council's decision to close the care home and four others in the county.

10:29pm Sunday 18th May 2014

PROTESTERS formed a 'circle of tears' around a care home to express their “disgust and disbelief” at its impending closure.

Jobs campaign helps more than 300 young people find employment in less than six months

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

3:29pm Sunday 18th May 2014

A CAMPAIGN launched earlier in the year to support unemployed young people has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

That is so 2014...

Darlington and Stockton Times: Last year's family fun day

12:29pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

CHILDREN are being asked to send in their favourite photos to teach future generations about life in 2014.

County council issues fines in clampdown on litter louts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fines issued for litter louts in county council clampdown

5:48pm Sunday 11th May 2014

LITTER louts have been fined in a clampdown across County Durham.

Council clamps down on environmental offenders

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

4:39pm Friday 9th May 2014

MORE than 130 people paid the price for committing environmental offences in County Durham in March.








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