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Ambitious scheme to give extra care to people who need it

4:39pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to provide special housing for older and disabled people alongside major changes in the kind of help available are going out to the public for consultation across North Yorkshire.

Council stands firm on grass cutting decision

3:38pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

APPEALS to rethink cutbacks on cutting grass road verges across North Yorkshire have been thrown out by county council bosses, leaving many town and parish councils to foot the bills themselves.

Bypass costs cut by a fifth

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINAL APPROVAL: The route of the Bedale A684 bypass

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE cost of a long-awaited bypass has been reduced by more than 20 per cent, saving £8m on original estimates.

Council to run consultation on plans to create 50 Extra Care homes across the county by 2020 to provide for ageing population

3:43pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PROPOSALS to provide an extra care housing facility in every major town in North Yorkshire to serve an increasingly ageing population could be in place by 2020.

Council reveals social worker success blueprint

Darlington and Stockton Times: CONCERTED EFFORT: Councillor Tony Hall, who says troubled families need support to be made constantly available

1:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

A COUNCIL has revealed how it has reversed having a shortage of social workers, after Ofsted urged local authorities to address the issue.

Council's progress on transforming troubled families' lives

Darlington and Stockton Times: CONCERTED EFFORT: Councillor Tony Hall, who says troubled families need support to be made constantly available

4:26pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A COUNCIL says it is on course to transform the lives of 70 per cent of troubled families by the end of the summer, after winning Government praise for the initiative.

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”.

Major investment in North Yorkshire's roads

4:10pm Monday 7th July 2014

A MAJOR £25 million investment in North Yorkshire’s roads has been announced as a result of new “growth deal” funding from the government.

Cost-cutting council spends £60k on new audio system

Darlington and Stockton Times: ANNUAL MEETING: North Yorkshire County Council met at County Hall, Northallerton, today

5:57pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A COUNCIL which is faced with having to save tens of millions of pounds from its budget has been criticised for spending £60,000 on a new audio system.

North Yorkshire's children's services amongst best in country

3:31pm Monday 30th June 2014

NORTH Yorkshire’s children’s services have been rated as among the top in the country by Ofsted for its care and protection of children.

Further bus cuts delayed by a year

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHRIS METCALFE: "It is clear this work cannot be completed before April 2016."

4:36pm Sunday 29th June 2014

MORE bus cuts coming on top of reductions which have left many elderly and vulnerable people stranded across North Yorkshire have been put back a year.

Engineers look at new use for old waste from A1 upgrade

Darlington and Stockton Times: Council engineers look again at gravel pit plan

6:15pm Monday 23rd June 2014

PLANS to create controversial sand and gravel pits to help build a new £43 million bypass have been put back while engineers investigate using waste from work on the new A1 upgrade in North Yorkshire.

Council confident rubble disposal charge will not trigger flytipping upsurge

Darlington and Stockton Times: BUDGET MOVE: North Yorkshire County Council is to charge residents for disposing of hardcore and rubble

3:51pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A COUNCIL that is set to introduce charges for hardcore and rubble at its recycling centres says it is unlikely to spark an upsurge in fly-tipping.

Pothole patch-up funding of £10m announced for region

Darlington and Stockton Times: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

6:02am Friday 20th June 2014

ABOUT £10m is to be spent on patching up potholes in the region, after the government announced £168m would be made available for repairs across the country.

People urged to offer support county's carers

Darlington and Stockton Times: CARERS WEEK: Carer Ashleigh Joechim, Councillor Clare Wood, carer June Briggs, Andrea Hobbs, chief executive of the Carers Centre, and Patrick Duffy, health and adult services manager at North Yorkshire County Council

11:12am Monday 9th June 2014

A CAMPAIGN to reach out to thousands of carers who offer unpaid but vital support to friends and loved ones has won the backing of North Yorkshire County Council.

Bus cuts cause hardship for elderly people

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bus cuts: Forum Secretary Paul Fisher

5:09pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have warned bus cuts are causing big problems for many elderly people - with one 94 year old paying £26 for a taxi to see her doctor because services had been so badly cut.

New chairman for North Yorkshire County Council wants to target road safety

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW CHAIRMAN: Cllr Tim Swales and wife Sally

1:43pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

A NEW chairman of North Yorkshire County Council has been elected.

Proposals for a unitary authority rejected by county council

Darlington and Stockton Times: ANNUAL MEETING: North Yorkshire County Council met at County Hall, Northallerton, today

5:26pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

PROPOSALS to create a unitary authority in North Yorkshire have been dismissed by the county council – despite being told it could save millions.

Unitary council for North Yorkshire is a flight of fantasy councillors told

Darlington and Stockton Times: SERVICE CUTS: The headquarters of North Yorkshire County Council, which is consulting about reducing the number of bus services.

6:50am Friday 2nd May 2014

One huge administrative authority to cover the whole of North Yorkshire has been dismissed as a flight of fantasy which would not be supported by the Government at the current time.

Council unveils blueprint to curb excessive alcohol consumption

Darlington and Stockton Times: Have you given up drinking alcohol for Dry January?

11:38am Monday 5th May 2014

NORTH Yorkshire County Council has launched a public consultation over proposals to tackle alcohol abuse. The scheme will see more support for schools to make pupils aware of the risks of alcohol abuse, an increased capacity to prevent under-age sale and the development of specialist services in high alcohol consumption areas. The authority’s public health boss, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said nearly 200 people die in the county annually due to alcohol, adding that a change in culture was needed so that low risk drinking becomes the norm. For details, visit

Councillors asked to vote on creating one super council for North Yorkshire

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5:01pm Monday 28th April 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to support the creation of a super council covering the whole of North Yorkshire which it is claimed would save millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.

Road deaths soar by 60 per cent in North Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: Eleven motorcyclists killed on North Yorkshire roads in 2013

2:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TOO many people are dying unnecessarily on roads in North Yorkshire experts have warned after the numbers of fatalities soared by 60 per cent.

Council to plough £58m into schools in North Yorkshire to provide extra places

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6:45pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

NORTH Yorkshire County Council will be spending £58m in the next five years creating up to 3,000 extra school places.

Shocking figures of suspected elderly abuse in North Yorkshire show people are more aware

Darlington and Stockton Times: It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 cases of elderly abuse each year in the UK. Picture posed by a model

12:00am Friday 4th April 2014

CAMPAIGNERS say a 700 per cent rise in reports of suspected abuse of the elderly and vulnerable in North Yorkshire is “horrendous”, but a sign the battle to raise awareness is working.

Big changes for biggest England's biggest county after 40 years

Darlington and Stockton Times: North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell

6:12pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THIS week marks 40 years since North Yorkshire, the largest county in England was created. North Yorkshire County Council took over from the old North Riding, bringing in parts of the West Riding, and the City of York.

Trading standards victory in landmark prosecution of man behind 'Microsoft' computer scam

Darlington and Stockton Times: Police launch crackdown on fraud and internet crime

5:42pm Monday 31st March 2014

COMPUTER crime fraudsters have been warned they cannot hide behind the internet after investigators based in North Yorkshire and the North East brought a landmark case against scammers who’ve duped hundreds of victims.

Rise in number of teenagers in education or training

Darlington and Stockton Times: Foundation For Jobs logo

6:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

A LEAP in the number of the region’s teenagers kept from “a life on the scrapheap” was hailed by ministers yesterday (Wednesday, March 26).

North Yorkshire County Council urged to oppose fracking

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWAITING GUIDANCE: Councillor Gareth Dadd

3:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners will deliver a petition to North Yorkshire County Council urging it to prevent gas extraction firms from fracking.

All change at Richmond School as new governing body is approved

Darlington and Stockton Times: Richmond School Building

6:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Government has approved a new interim executive board of governors for Richmond School after the previous governors resigned en-masse.

Shake up for schools in Whitby

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2:53pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

PLANS to create a new secondary school for Whitby are going out to consultation.

Superfast broadband for North Yorkshire moves into the next phase

Darlington and Stockton Times: Help for Hillingdon firms seeking faster broadband

2:16pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

THE second phase of the roll out of superfast broadband in North Yorkshire is set to get underway with the start of a further £8 million worth of work.

More people killed and seriously injured across Hambleton district

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4:18pm Monday 17th March 2014

THE numbers of people killed and seriously injured in Hambleton District in 2012/2013 increased by nearly a third.

North Yorkshire County Council seeks army of volunteers to perform services

Darlington and Stockton Times: North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell

7:00am Friday 14th March 2014

A COUNCIL facing having to save £168m will attempt to recruit an army of volunteers to ensure it can perform all its statutory duties.

Council tax shake-up punishing poor people, MPs warn

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, described a privately run out of hours GP service in Cornwall as substandard

6:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

POOR people are being punished by a controversial shake-up of council tax, a committee of MPs warns today (Tuesday, March 11)

Archaeologists' fears for North Yorkshire's heritage amid council cutbacks

Darlington and Stockton Times: DIG: Skeletons of Carmelite monks unearthed by archaeologists in Priory Close, Northallerton, in 2008 ahead of a building project.

7:40pm Monday 10th March 2014

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have claimed the undiscovered heritage of North Yorkshire could be destroyed if a council cuts its historic environment team.

Experts offer help to find out about your past

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5:13pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

HISTORY experts are holding a special event to help enthusiasts dig down to their family roots.

Guide publishes on how bus cuts will affect passengers across North Yorkshire

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6:36pm Monday 3rd March 2014

BUS passengers can find out how they will be affected by drastic reductions of £2m in bus subsidies across North Yorkshire with a new reference guide produced by the county council.

Councillors' allowance increase rejected as authority cuts tens of millions from its budget

Darlington and Stockton Times: County Hall, Northallerton, head quarters of North Yorkshire County Council

6:10pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

NORTH Yorkshire councillors have voted against increasing their allowance as they grapple within “unprecedented” cuts to services worth £74m.

Durham and North Yorkshire council chiefs join fiscal devolution calls

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

8:00pm Monday 17th February 2014

COUNTY council chiefs in the region have joined a growing revolt by demanding more power to run their own affairs.

Crisis facing North Yorkshire's roads as maintenance backlog reaches £322m

Darlington and Stockton Times: Potholes blight the roads in Blackburn and Darwen

12:10am Monday 17th February 2014

THE LEADER of North Yorkshire County Council has warned the Government the county’s roads are in crisis and asked for £5m for urgent repairs.

Consultation on plan that will influence decisions on fracking, quarrying and waste disposal in North Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: MINING PLANS: A York Potash drilling rig on the North York Moors

5:20pm Thursday 13th February 2014

RESIDENTS can have their say on how major issues such as fracking, quarrying and waste disposal are approached in North Yorkshire.

Flood protection schemes announced across the region to protect thousands of homes

Darlington and Stockton Times: Laburnum Grove in Port Clarence which is still two feet under water after the storm surge hit the hamlet on the banks of the River Tees on Thursday evening

4:56pm Thursday 6th February 2014

FLOOD defences are to be improved across the region to protect homes devastated by recent deluges from future misery.

UKIP councillors call for unitary authority in North Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell

3:59pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

UK Independence Party councillors are calling for the abolition of eight local authorities to create the largest administrative area in England.

Drastic budget cuts agreed as North Yorkshire slashes spending by a third

Darlington and Stockton Times: SERVICE CUTS: The headquarters of North Yorkshire County Council, which is consulting about reducing the number of bus services.

3:28pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

EXPECTATIONS of what a council can provide must change, the leader of North Yorkshire County Council warned after a further round of drastic budget cuts was agreed.

Council workers prepare for day of protest

Darlington and Stockton Times: Members of Unison outside the Civic Centre

6:09pm Monday 3rd February 2014

LOCAL government workers will take part in an official day of protest tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).

Fly tipping will soar warn protesters if charges go ahead

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3:40pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

PROTESTERS have warned there’ll be a vast increase in fly tipping if plans to charge for dumping soil and rubble at waste sites throughout North Yorkshire go ahead.

Call to think again on "devastating" bus cuts in North Yorkshire

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3:32pm Monday 27th January 2014

OPPOSITION councillors have called on North Yorkshire County Council to reconsider a “devastating” decision to axe £2 million from bus subsidies which they warn will hit many of the most vulnerable people in the community.

Government urged to rethink 'bizarre' law banning pensioners from contributing towards lifeline bus services

Darlington and Stockton Times: FARE CALL: Pensioners facing the loss of lifeline bus services are calling to be allowed to contribute towards them.

4:58pm Friday 24th January 2014

AN MP is pressing for a change in the law which bans pensioners from contributing towards bus services.

Occupational therapist from Middlesbrough gets national recognition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mary Booth has been awarded a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

An occupational therapist from Middlesbrough has received national recognition for her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Councillors warned the elderly and vulnerable will be stranded by bus cuts

Darlington and Stockton Times: The county council’s executive meeting to decide whether to cut millions from their bus subsidies at County Hall, Northallerton

4:19pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

CUTS of £2m to bus subsidies across North Yorkshire have been agreed by councillors in the face of warnings that hundreds if not thousands of elderly and vulnerable people will be left stranded and isolated.


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