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Councillor disciplined for "viewing porn on local authority laptop"

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:02am Thursday 7th August 2014

A COUNCILLOR has been disciplined after a standards hearing concluded he had repeatedly viewed pornography on his council laptop.

Schools need to act to save sport awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: HIGH ACHEIVERS: Winners from this year's Hambleton and Richmondshire Sport Awards with former boxer Amanda Coulson

12:19pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

ORGANISERS of what could be the last sports awards ceremony for youngsters in Richmondshire and Hambleton have called for schools to support children in sport.

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”.

Richmondshire District Council is on the look-out for the best gardens

Darlington and Stockton Times: BLOOMING LOVELY: Richmond District Council's annual summer garden competition kicks off next month.

11:43am Wednesday 28th May 2014

RICHMONDSHIRE will be blooming lovely once again this summer as gardeners get ready for an annual competition.

Parents criticise schools' decision to close a day ahead of the Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRAFFIC CHAOS: Tour de France riders will descend on the Yorkshire Dales on July 5.

4:07pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

A DECISION to close schools early on the day before the Tour de France arrives in North Yorkshire because of predicted travel chaos has been criticised by parents.

Tour de France Grand Depart to cost Richmondshire District Council in region of £200,000

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIN TAGS: Richmondshire District Council director Tony Clark and leader Coun John Blackie show off Tour de France information bin tags

10:45pm Sunday 18th May 2014

A COUNCIL has committed to spending more than £200,000 on preparations for the Tour de France Grand Depart this summer – despite also having to make significant savings due to Government funding cuts.

Pensioner thinks council's dog poo calendar stinks

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAY: Images of dog poo on Richmondshire District Council's calendar has not been welcomed by some residents

7:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

IMAGES of dog poo on a council calendar have left a pensioner crying foul.

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)

Councillors in Richmondshire increase council tax by 1.97 per cent

2:21pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

A LOCAL authority is to raise its council tax bills by 1.97 per cent in the coming year after councillors voted in favour of an increase.

National Park Authority vows to fight Government plans to allow greater flexibility in converting barns to commercial units

Darlington and Stockton Times: Landscape of the Yorkshire Dales

7:30pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

A NATIONAL park authority has voted to block Government planning rules that allow disused Dales barns to be converted into small business units.

District council committee recommend council tax increase

2:59pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

COUNCIL tax in Richmondshire could rise by 1.9 per cent if a recommendation from a strategy board committee is accepted by the full council.

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).

Remembering the millions who died

Darlington and Stockton Times: Coun Johnson (left) is pictured with Coun Lord, watched by council members and staff.

2:27pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

THE victims of genocide have been remembered at a special commemoration by Richmondshire District Council.

Councillors quiz police over prisoner transport issues in Richmondshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy

3:14pm Friday 24th January 2014

COUNCILLORS have said North Yorkshire Police have “missed an opportunity” to improve policing services in Richmondshire.

Councillors move to increase staff who work to combat homelessness

3:16pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

CONCERN over homelessness in Richmondshire has caused councillors to increase the number of staff members tackling the issue.

Housing needs to be assessed in West Witton, near Leyburn.

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON SONG: the Musicality choral group singing in Leyburn church

1:22pm Thursday 16th January 2014

RESIDENTS of West Witton, near Leyburn, are being asked to register their current and future housing needs.

Government 'acting like a bully' over planning reforms - MP

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop

4:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

AN MP claims reforms to the planning system which could mean developers are able to push ahead with applications without council approval “kicks sand” in the eyes of local communities.

By election to be held at Richmondshire District Council

2:37pm Monday 13th January 2014

BY ELECTION: Richmondshire District Council is holding a by election next month – to fill the vacancy in its Reeth and Arkengarthdale ward.

Charges for green waste collection to come into force next month in Richmondshire

12:51pm Friday 10th January 2014

CHARGES for green waste come into force next month in Richmondshire.

MP calls for meeting to discuss rural health concerns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Richmond MP William Hague

6:00am Friday 10th January 2014

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss concerns about the future of rural healthcare in Richmondshire will be attended by William Hague MP.

North councils to face £179m in cuts while some Southern authorities see rise in Government funding

Darlington and Stockton Times: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

12:30am Thursday 19th December 2013

THE region has been hammered with a further £179m of council cuts – while many authorities in the South will enjoy a spending rise.

'Troubled families' scheme half-way to success - Pickles

Darlington and Stockton Times: Communities secretary Eric Pickles

12:10am Monday 25th November 2013

THE Government is half-way towards achieving its goal of turning round the lives of 120,000 so-called troubled families, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles claims today (Monday, November 25).

Thousands of region's poorest households facing council tax legal action

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bill Dixon

6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

GOVERNMENT welfare reforms have left more than 10,000 of the region's poorest households facing legal action for non-payment of council tax.

Fly tipping costs region's taxpayers £3.3m a year

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rubbish dumped in Durham City

6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

COUNCIL chiefs have appealed for the public’s help in tackling fly tipping, after it emerged clearing up illegally dumped rubbish cost the region £3.3m last year.

Deal secures leisure provision until 2018

Darlington and Stockton Times: Trust chair Andy White; trust general manager Austin Gordon with Colin Dales, corporate director at the council and Coun Ian Threlfall

2:40pm Tuesday 8th October 2013

A NEW five-year funding deal which secures leisure provision in the Richmondshire district has now been signed.

Residents to decide if street lighting stays or goes

1:58pm Friday 13th September 2013

RESIDENTS in a North Yorkshire district are to have the final say on whether their street lights are turned on or off.

Councils criticised for selling voters' details

12:10am Monday 2nd September 2013

DETAILS of residents registered to vote in council elections in the North-East and North Yorkshire, have been sold to dozens of corporations and individuals.

Council tax reduction scheme reviewed

1:04pm Friday 23rd August 2013

PEOPLE in Hambleton and Richmondshire are being asked for their views on the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme which came into force on April 1.

Government to order councils to provide loans for care home fees

6:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

EVERY older person facing care home fees must be offered a local council loan to avoid having to sell their own house, the Government will say today (Thursday, July 17).

North-East councils in danger of going bust, shock analysis warns

12:00am Friday 5th July 2013

EVERY local council in the North-East is in danger of going bust, a shock new analysis has warned.

Local authorities getting behind fight against cuts to GP funding

6:01pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

LOCAL authorities are getting behind the fight against cuts in funding to GP practices in the Dales.

Residents urged to extend their recycling

2:16pm Wednesday 19th June 2013

HOUSEHOLDERS across Hambleton and Richmondshire are being urged to recycle more.

More vulnerable people now secure in their homes

1:40pm Wednesday 19th June 2013

MORE than 100 vulnerable people now feel safer in their homes thanks to a local initiative.

Village Hall gets funds for solar panels from community fund

5:52pm Friday 14th June 2013

A VILLAGE hall has been awarded funds for solar panels to make it more energy efficient and sustainable after a district council released more cash from a community pot.

Plans for Catterick Garrison town centre go before planning officers

5:42pm Friday 14th June 2013

PLANS for a Catterick Garrison town centre have been submitted to a district council for scrutiny by planning officers.

Councils to check on all "empty" homes

9:30am Monday 10th June 2013

HOMES across a sprawling area of North Yorkshire are to come under close scrutiny – in a bid to safeguard council cash.

Survey to assess council's waste services

4:56pm Monday 10th June 2013

A WIDE-ranging survey on waste, recycling and street cleaning is being launched this week.

Work on new HQ is ramped up

4:42pm Friday 31st May 2013

DEVELOPMENT work on a new council headquarters building is being ramped up – quite literally.

Revised plans for A1 upgrade go on show

5:14pm Thursday 30th May 2013

REVISED plans for local access needed for the A1 upgrade between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire will go on display for the public next week.

Tougher enforcement of parking restrictions implemented in North Yorkshire

5:28pm Wednesday 29th May 2013

TOUGHER enforcement of parking restrictions are due to come into effect tomorrow (Thursday, May 30) in North Yorkshire.

Councils spent £500,000 hosting Olympic Torch relay

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Collingwood used the Olympic torch as a cricket bat as he set off from Durham Cathedral

6:00am Monday 20th May 2013

COUNCILS in the North-East and North Yorkshire spent more than £500,000 hosting the Olympic Torch for last years games, according to new figures.

Durham council under fire after 22 staff get over £100,000 despite budget cuts

6:00am Friday 10th May 2013

THE North-East’s biggest council has come under fire for paying six-figure remuneration packages to 22 staff – more than the previous year, despite unprecedented budget cuts.

Residents recycle the equivalent weight of the Eiffel Tower in a year

8:50am Friday 10th May 2013

PEOPLE living in Hambleton and Richmondshire have recycled more than 11,000 tonnes of waste in just over 12 months – equivalent to the weight of the Eiffel Tower.

Councils to be 'named and shamed' if they don't cut heart deaths

11:00pm Monday 25th March 2013

LOCAL councils will be ‘named-and-shamed’ if they fail to cut deaths and disability from sudden heart attacks, under new Government plans.

Easter bin collections for Hambleton and Richmondshire

6:28pm Friday 22nd March 2013

REFUSE and recycling collections across Hambleton and Richmondshire will be affected by the Easter holidays.

Council faces £500,000 bill after settling with care worker wrongly accused of theft

10:30pm Friday 15th March 2013

A LOCAL authority is facing a bill of more than £500,000 after agreeing to pay compensation to a part-time care worker wrongly accused of theft.

Couple who complained about public toilets welcome refurbishment

Darlington and Stockton Times: Coun John Blackie with Vic and Barbara Robinson outside Hawes toilets.

3:23pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

A RETIRED couple who complained about the poor state of a public toilets block have given the refurbished facilities their seal of approval.

District councils reject proposal to unite authorities

4:41pm Friday 8th March 2013

A PROPOSAL to save taxpayers’ money by twinning district councils in England’s largest county has been rejected.

Councils fail to record successes in tackling problem families

6:00am Tuesday 5th March 2013

FLAGSHIP plans to tame “neighbours from hell” have yet to record a single success in most of the region, it was revealed yesterday (Monday, March 4).

Cash windfall for community projects

12:39pm Sunday 3rd March 2013

WORK on repairing flood-damaged footpaths on a nature reserve is one of the community projects in Richmondshire to share a cash windfall.








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