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Voters called to polls to elect new Evenwood ward councillor

Darlington and Stockton Times: LATE STALWART: Councillor Pauline Charlton was a former Mayor of Durham City and chairman of Durham County Council

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOTERS will be called to the polls to elect the next Evenwood ward councillor tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) following the death of Councillor Pauline Charlton.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

Darlington and Stockton Times: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Council housing plans under fire

Darlington and Stockton Times: test

7:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to build thousands of new homes in County Durham have drawn strong criticism.

Grant means 1,000 kids will learn to ride a bike earlier

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Gilesgate take part in Bikeability training

6:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

FUNDING has been secured to teach 1,000 more children to ride a bike safely.

Fortnightly bin collections 'help save £5m' says council

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

5:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUNCIL says switching to fortnightly bin collections has helped it save more than £5m.

Why spend £136m on zombie roads?, ask council critics

Darlington and Stockton Times: Farmer Brian Hodgson (61) from Aldin Grange Farm in Bearpark who is campaigning against Durham's proposed western bypass. (11305814)

7:30pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CASH-strapped council wants to spend nearly £150m on “zombie roads”, a major inquiry heard today (Thursday, October 9).

Euro-cash to tackle social exclusion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Delegates at the conference

6:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has discussed how best to spend £12m set aside to tackle social exclusion.

Council planning 'steroid growth' for Durham, say critics

Darlington and Stockton Times: Douglas Pocock, from the City of Durham Trust

8:05pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A COUNCIL masterplan envisages “steroid development” for Durham City, a public inquiry heard today (Wednesday, October 8).

Builders press council to up 31,400 new homes target

Darlington and Stockton Times: (10027074)

4:01pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A COUNCIL is facing mounting pressure to allow thousands more homes to be built – sacrificing green belt land in the hope of securing economic prosperity.

Still time to unearth family roots

Darlington and Stockton Times: (10027074)

5:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PLACES are still available on a series of family history courses.

Council slammed for 'importing' 22,000 people, while 22,000 remain jobless

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:25pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COUNCIL has been criticised for planning to “import” 22,000 extra people by 2030 – the same number of people currently out of work in its area.

You beauty! Beautiful Durham awards a blooming great success

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SCHOOLS, pubs, villages and residents have been honoured for their efforts in making their area a pleasant place to live and work.

Council completely ignores us say objectors, as major inquiry begins

Darlington and Stockton Times: Roger Cornwell

1:27pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council was accused of completely ignoring the views of its citizens as a major public inquiry opened today (Wednesday, October 1).

Expert adoption advice in Durham

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

12:13pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PEOPLE in County Durham who have adopted children will be on hand to share expert advice at a drop-in session.

New opening times for county's recycling centres

Darlington and Stockton Times: REVISED HOURS: Romanway household waste recycling centre.

1:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NEW winter opening times for County Durham’s household waste recycling centres will come into effect next week.

'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.






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