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Pupils run daily risk of death at Shildon school due to selfish drivers ignoring the law

The Northern Echo: Pupils risk death from selfish drivers at a Shildon school

5:26pm Thursday 24th April 2014

CHILDREN are risking death as they are forced to dodge motorists who ignore parking restrictions to drop youngsters off as close as possible to school.

'Appalling, ugly, a disgrace, an abomination' - latest row over Durham Market Place

The Northern Echo: 'ABOMINATION': Tarmac instead of paving slabs in Durham Market Place

6:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

UGLY tarmac making an ‘abomination’ of a £5.5m market place is purely a temporary measure aimed at avoiding disruption to city centre trade, project bosses have insisted.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Northern Echo: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Durham City improvement plans approved by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL: As the first bite of winter approaches, autumn is coming to its peak around the Durham Cathedral peninsula in Durham City. On the banks surrounding the large wooded meander of the River Wear, stands the 11th century Durham Cathedral

4:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SCHEMES to improve the centre of Durham City have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Care home closure would be "rural discrimination"

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

5:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE closure of a Durham dales care home would constitute unacceptable rural discrimination, protestors have claimed.

Durham County Council's five remaining residential homes are recommended for closure

The Northern Echo: Cheveley House, Belmont

4:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNCIL is recommending its five remaining residential homes in County Durham should close to cut costs.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Success in fight against homelessness

The Northern Echo: Over 100 people are sleeping rough in Ludlow tomorrow in aid of homeless charities.

5:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East has fallen by more than two thirds in just one year.

Clean-up operation for town's terraces

The Northern Echo: OPERATION AREA: Clyde Terrace and the adjacent terrace are being targeted by project to tackle environmental, housing and health problems

2:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

CENTRAL Spennymoor is being put under the spotlight in the latest of a series of clean-up operations to target rundown neighbourhoods.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Councillors back multi-million Houghall redevelopment

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the development

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE MULTI-million pound redevelopment of a long-standing agricultural college has taken a major step forward, after councillors backed the plans.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

12:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council has celebrated being named the best in the country, the day after it reached its fifth birthday.

Fore! Crematorium plan 'put mourners at risk of wayward golf balls'

The Northern Echo: CROY: Tee time for Mayor's charity drive

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLANS to build a £4m crematorium near a golf course have been hit into the rough, amid fears grieving mourners could be struck by wayward balls.

New six-screen cinema for Bishop Auckland wins council backing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

8:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT’S cameras roll for a new six-screen cinema for south Durham, after councillors overruled the fears of their planning officials to give the £50m venture the thumbs up.

Residents' anger after factory cuts back tree screen near Chilton homes

The Northern Echo: Chilton residents anger after factory cuts back trees

6:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

RESIDENTS are angry that trees which were planted to shield their homes from a factory have been cut back removing the barrier.

Premises licence approved for Durham business

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A PREMISES licence has been granted to a venue in Durham after talks were held over fears that loud music could be played at the business.

County council backs Newton Aycliffe service station's plans for extended alcohol sales

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:08pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

SERVICE station workers have been given approval to sell alcohol 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Dog fouling gets the red card

The Northern Echo: Durham City FC owner Olivier Bernard helped launch the campaign

11:11am Tuesday 1st April 2014

DOG owners who allow their pets to foul on playing fields have been shown the red card in a four-week clampdown.

Does Barnard Castle still feel abandoned, despite investment?

The Northern Echo: The Witham, Barnard Castle

5:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

ON the first day of the new unitary Durham County Council, leader Simon Henig said its aim was to “not just maintain but improve services, from Barnard Castle to Blackhall, from Consett to Coxhoe.” Five years on, The Northern Echo’s local reporters assess the situation on the ground.

'The more communities can do for themselves, the better' - five years signals major change of attitude at Durham County Council

The Northern Echo: England win the Ashes at Chester-le-Street

4:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

FIVE years ago today (Tuesday, April 1), the biggest local government shake-up in a generation saw County Durham’s two-tier setup swept away, replaced by the unitary Durham County Council. In a special report, Mark Tallentire assesses its success.

All change at Consett, with new school, homes and shops

The Northern Echo: The groundbreaking ceremony at the new Consett academy

4:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE demise of Derwentside District Council signalled a change in political direction for Consett.

Library cuts and fly tipping problems trouble Blackhall

The Northern Echo: Malcolm Stewart

4:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

BLACKHALL residents say they feel marginalised following the disappearance of Easington District Council.

Unison promises action over councils' one per cent pay offer

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

5:38pm Monday 31st March 2014

A UNION is promising action on behalf of lowly paid council workers.

New super authority leaders named

The Northern Echo: The council chiefs who will lead the Nelb

5:05pm Monday 31st March 2014

THE politicians who will lead a new North-East “super authority” have been chosen.

Durham parking zone could be extended again

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

10:38am Thursday 27th March 2014

A RESIDENTS’ parking scheme looks set for another extension, after complaints of inconsiderate motorists blocking roads for ambulances, fire engines, bin wagons and visitors.

Plans to develop Spennymoor school for special needs children on show

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council plans to re-develop Spennymoor school on show

2:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

PROPOSALS to re-develop a secondary school for pupils with emotional and behavioural problems are on show.

Ministers offer to cancel £130m of Durham debt - if council hands over 19,000 houses

The Northern Echo: Council houses in High Pittington

5:26pm Monday 24th March 2014

THE Government has backed plans to transfer 19,000 North-East council houses to social landlords – and promised to cancel £130m of debt if the scheme goes through.

Longer summer hours for Durham council tips

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council

5:36pm Monday 24th March 2014

A COUNCIL’S tips will be open longer for the summer.

Schools in the region praised in Best Place to Live survey

The Northern Echo: Children from St Bede's Primary School in Stockton who are part of the chior in a prodution of 'Oh What a Lovely War!'.

2:05pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

PRIMARY schools in Stockton and state schools in Durham have fared well in the top of the Sunday Times 101 Best Places to Live.

Durham council leader defends workers' pay setup

The Northern Echo: Council leader: Simon Henig

11:35am Friday 21st March 2014

THE leader of the North-East’s biggest council has defended the national bargaining system for setting local government workers’ pay, after around a million were offered a pay rise of one per cent.

Counting the cost for committing environmental offences in County Durham

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

12:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MORE than 250 people are counting the cost after committing environmental offences in County Durham.

Future of closure-threatened care homes will be decided in April

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

4:50pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide the fate of five closure-threatened care homes next month (April), The Northern Echo has learned.

Empty council houses to be sold off cheap

The Northern Echo: LOT TO LET: Some of the ‘To let’ signs found yesterday in the streets of Dean Bank, Ferryhill, where the landlords are taking part in a selective licensing scheme to help raise standards

4:18pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

COUNCIL houses are to be sold off cheap in an effort to regenerate run-down areas.

Durham council agrees £20-a-year 'garden tax' for green waste collections

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

4:06pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

GARDENERS will have to pay to have their clippings and cuttings taken away from next year.

Durham council's 'most important plan' takes major step forward

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council

3:48pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A FIFTEEN-year masterplan described as probably the most important economic document the North-East’s biggest council will produce has taken a major step forward.

Councillors offer to pay £1 to run Barnard Castle's weekly market

The Northern Echo: Barnard Castle market cross

4:30pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

COUNCILLORS have offered to pay just £1 a year to run their town's weekly market after an earlier effort to find a new operator drew a blank.

Scheme to bring empty homes back into use

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

6:53pm Sunday 16th March 2014

HOMES that have stood empty for a long time could be brought back into use and offered for sale at discounted prices under a proposed council scheme.

Durham council named best in country

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

10:31am Thursday 13th March 2014

DURHAM County Council has been named the best in the country.

Plans by Durham County Council to charge for garden waste removal likely to be deferred for a year

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

2:43pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans requiring gardeners to pay to have their waste taken away may be shelved for a year, it has been revealed.

Bus firms' fury as Durham council lets taxis onto bus lanes

The Northern Echo: A BUS service is set to change — because of a lack of passengers. From October 27, the Arriva 537, which currently runs hourly between Bolton and Moorside Road, Edgworth, will run every half hour between Bolton and terminate at Bromley Cross.  The chang

3:27pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council is risking the wrath of two of the region’s largest bus companies by opening up its bus lanes to taxis.

Durham county councillors to hold surgery for Shildon residents

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

3:14pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

SHILDON and Dene Valley Durham County councillors Trish Pemberton, Henry Nicholson and Brian Stephens are to hold a surgery.

Council set to press ahead with development plan

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

4:16pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have resisted calls to “pull back from the brink” and shelve a flagship development plan, insisting it must be agreed to avoid developers building houses “ad-hoc”.

Council tax shake-up punishing poor people, MPs warn

The Northern Echo: 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)

Special report into the state of Durham County Cricket Club's finances and the debate over county council loans

The Northern Echo: England leave the field after their victory in the Ashes test at Durham - but questions remain over the club's finances

6:00am Monday 10th March 2014

One of the region's most successful sporting clubs, Durham County Cricket Club, is back in the black after a year in which it hosted its first ever Ashes Test.



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