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Durham County Council News

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council's armed forces champion, receives the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme silver award from Brigadier Jez Strickland, Commander 4 Infantry Brigade

Council honoured for forces help

John Gribbin, of Atlas, Ian Bushby, of Jackson's and Lee Hoganson, of Neasham's.

Shortage of taxi drivers in Consett because of tough tests

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Efforts to tackle dog fouling in Dawdon area of Seaham

Extra garden waste collection for County Durham residents

Extra garden waste collection for County Durham residents

Durham County Council is trying to raise awareness of the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Know your rights under new law

Chancellor George Osborne and North-East leaders with the devolution agreement. Picture: NORTH NEWS AND PICTURES

Have your say on devolution

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig, who chairs the North East Combined Authority

Durham to hold devolution vote

Willington mayor Fraser Tinley planting trees as part of the scheme in 2013

Funding available for tree planting in County Durham

REVIEW: Landowners in County Durham are being reminded of their responsibilities to maintain potentially life-saving public rescue equipment

Landowners reminded of public safety equipment duties

STRATEGY: Durham County Council's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, 2015 to 2020 will be presented to Cabinet next Wednesday (October 21)

Durham's responsible drinking strategy goes to Cabinet

RIVER SAFETY: Terry Collins, who will be the next chief executive of Durham County Council, speaking at the publication of a Rospa report into river safety in Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS

Durham County Council names new chief executive to take over from George Garlick

ENVIRONMENTALISTS: Shincliffe Primary School pupils got involved in a green project near them

Community gardening projects invited to bid for cash

CRACKDOWN: Pictured from left are John Pearson from McDonalds, neighbourhood warden Rachel Tyndall, Chris Hindmarch from Durham County Council’s Civic Pride team, Darren Shaw, Paul Robinson, Barrie Kirtley, Karen Smith from the Bishop Auckland Driving I

County Durham crackdown on roadside rubbish

VOTE: Durham County Council are updating the electoral register so eligible people can vote

Register update

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Familes First teams set up across County Durham

GREEN FUNDING: Teachers and pupils at Shincliffe Primary School help plant an old mine site with wildflowers

Gardening groups can get up to £500

BENEFITS: Durham County Council is encouraging people to put garden trimmings, grass cuttings and fallen leaves to good use by turning them into nutritious compost

County Durham residents urged to compost this autumn

SESSION: Information day will take place at County Hall

Information day to outline support for foster carers

ADOPTION APPEAL: Durham County Council is holding an adoption information session

Could you adopt an SEN child?

DECISION DELAYED: The former Grafton House hotel, South Street, Durham

No decision on upmarket guest house

VISION: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig

Masterplan saved, after judge agrees to quash critical report

SAVING: County Councillor Mark Wilkes

Anger as plans to cut council mileage rate are shelved

STAUNCH DEFENCE: Durham County Council's Labour deputy leader Councillor Alan Napier

Labour chief defends council against 'cradle to grave' cuts flak

WINTER: Durham County Council is advising residents to check opening times at their local household waste recycling centres as winter opening hours come in

Winter opening hours come into effect at County Durham recycling centres

Council offers schools loans

Disruption to internet services

Council's apology over library internet fault

COFFEE: Councillor John Shuttleworth is angry that Durham County Council is spending £38,000 on a new coffee shop in County Hall. Picture: TOM BANKS

Cost-cutting council under fire for spending £38,000 on new coffee shop

CUTS LOOM: Durham County Council is considering cutting school transport

Fears for disabled, as council cuts threaten school transport

DONATE: Rachel Kurtz pictured with Wayne Cole Assistant manager of Wilkos in Durham who have donated £60 to refugees in Calais picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Durham County Council to draw up action plan to support refugees

APPEAL: Durham County Council urges residents to register to vote

Durham County Council urges voters to register

REVELATION: The Echo's FOI request showed 38 councillors were sent council tax demands

Investigation reveals North-East councillors served with unpaid council tax demands totalling £11,000

ENVIRONMENT: Durham County Council issued 118 fixed penalty notices last month for offences including littering, dog fouling, untidy yards or gardens and carrying waste without the correct licence

Nearly 120 people pay the price for environmental crimes in County Durham

GUIDE: Librarian Scott robinson with Durham County Council's Autumn 2015 Learning Guide.

Sign up for adult learning courses in autumn

PLEDGE: Durham County Council take part in a scheme to give ex-service personnel better access to social housing

Council pledges its support for armed forces' veterans

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS: At Bishop Auckland town recreation ground are (from left): David Bailey and Lee Pairs from the Clean and Green team, Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnershi

Council praised for floral displays


Residents urged to have their say on how contaminated land is dealt with

CRITICISM: Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Wilkes

Durham council cuts chief exec salary by £15k

BIN IT: Members of Durham County Council’s recycling team, who are encouraging residents to recycle through the Bin it Right campaign

Successful recycling campaign to continue for another year

HANDOVER: Colin Hillary, chairman of Framwellgate Moor Community Association, signs an agreement to take over running of the community centre from Durham County Council, represented by Gordon Elliott. Picture: ANDY LAMB

Community revolution as locals take control of village halls

CLOSURE: Stanhope Pathways, a day care centre in Stanhope, is facing closure. Picture: TOM BANKS

County council plans revealed to close 13 day care centres

UNDER THREAT: The Racecourse play park on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Six play areas facing closure by Durham County Council

GO-AHEAD: Councillors have granted outline planning permission for Coxhoe housing development

Newts to be moved to make way for housing

AGEING: County Hall, Durham which could be demolished

County Hall faces the bulldozers, as councillors back £50m HQ move

CLOSING: The Racecourse play park on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (31419407)

Plans to review play parks to be discussed by councillors

MOVING: County Hall in Durham

Durham county councillors to consider moving out of Aykley Heads

REWARDED: Cath Park, 79, who has cared for children since 1985, has been given a 'good' rating from Oftsed. Pictured with daughter-in-law Paula Park (far left) and granddaughter Samantha Charlton (centre left), Isobel Hendy (centre right) and Poppy Clarks

Reward for childminder of 30 years

SAVED: Two town councils have struck a deal with Durham County Council to retain more than 100 street lights along parts of the A167. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Deal struck to save A167 street lights

VISIT: Marco Biagi MSP, the Scottish minister for local government and community empowerment, and Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships

Minister learns from council's methods

Greg Clark

Minister believes North-East authorities will accept more powerful mayors

SURVEILLANCE: Durham County Council cabinet member Brian Stephens and others with new CCTV cameras bought to catch flytippers

73 fined for flytipping in May


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