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Lib Dem bid to force Living Wage fails

The Northern Echo: 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.

Extreme hairstyles raise money for school

The Northern Echo:

3:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

EXTREME hairstyles helped raise money for a school catering for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Status quo backed in boundary review

The Northern Echo: General view of County Hall in Durham. (8546437)

3:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to change the area covered by a town council looks set to fail.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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.

Voluntary groups urged to share transport plans

The Northern Echo: MORE MINIBUSES: Charity hopes to increase the use of minibuses by voluntary groups in Teesdale

1:55pm Monday 21st July 2014

VOLUNTARY organisations are urged to discuss their transport plans with a rural Teesdale charity.

Pupils graduate from 'outstanding' Bowes Pre-School

The Northern Echo: FLYING COLOURS: Graduates at Bowes pre-school back from left Louie Cook and Jack Addison. Front from left Georgia Cullerton, Samuel Webb, Megan Lowe, Elliot Hutchinson and Emily Luck, all four years old.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (8356837)

1:21pm Monday 21st July 2014

PUPILS have graduated from Bowes Pre-School in traditional garb as teachers and parents celebrated an outstanding Ofsted report.

Hundreds take on region's rough terrain

The Northern Echo: CANCER CARE CHALLENGE: A participant crosses the finish line in the Marie Curie Etape Pennines cycling event. Picture: Stuart Boulton. (8403860)

6:23pm Sunday 20th July 2014

MORE than a thousand cyclists descended on a North-East market town before riding over the hills and far away in a punishing bike challenge.

Councillors aim to slow down speeding vehicles in rural village

1:38pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PARISH councillors hope improved road signs will reduce speeding vehicles in their village.

First place for cheese making couple

The Northern Echo: PRIZE WINNING CHEESE: Cheesemakers Brian and Esme Dedman have won first prize at the Great Yorkshire Show for their White Hilton Cheese. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:42pm Friday 18th July 2014

A COUPLE are celebrating winning first place at the Great Yorkshire Show for their home made cheese.

Consultation on dog beach ban

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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.

Museum launches summer of family fun

3:05pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MUSIC, crafts and history are among the themes at family activities being offered at a North-East museum.

Family of two siblings seriously injured in car crash raise money for Great North Air Ambulance Service

The Northern Echo: RECOVERING WELL: Brother and sister Jack and Sophie Handyside, who suffered life-threatening injuries in the car crash at Staindrop, in County Durham, two years ago

6:03am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MOTHER whose two children were left fighting for their lives after a head-on car crash has raised £2,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Decision to be made on First World War memorials

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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.

Food festival to tickle the taste buds

The Northern Echo: TASTY TEESDALE: The second Taste of Teesdale food festival takes place this weekend.

6:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

AN array of regional produce will tickle the taste buds of food and drink lovers this weekend.

Cyclists and spectators gear up for 60-mile cycling challenge

The Northern Echo: GEARING UP: Former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards (left) and pro cyclist Steven Burke (right) promote the Etape Marie Curie Pennines cycle event near Eggleston in Teesdale

12:02am Monday 14th July 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists and spectators are gearing up to descend on the County Durham countryside for a 60-mile cycle challenge.

Staindrop stages carnival to remember

The Northern Echo: STREET ENTERTAINMENT: The procession down the main street of Staindrop during the annual town carnival.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:24pm Sunday 13th July 2014

COLOURFUL costumes, rousing music and traditional family entertainment ensured a long-running village carnival was a great success.

YOUfest brings creative fun to Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: CREATIVE FUN:  Youths take part in Youfest, Barnard Castle's first youth arts festival.  A drumming workshop at the TCR Hub.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:28pm Sunday 13th July 2014

TEENAGERS tried their hands at everything from samba drumming to felt making at an action packed youth arts festival.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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.

Free Big Gig in Staindrop this weekend

The Northern Echo: BIG GIG: More than 600 people attended last year's festival in Staindrop (file photo)

5:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A TEESDALE village will be taking part in a national music festival this weekend.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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

The Northern Echo: 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”.

Woods improvement scheme completed

The Northern Echo: FLATTS WOOD: Barnard Castle Mayor John Blissett with grandson Isaac John Blissett, aged two, performs the ribbon cutting to mark the completion of improvements to Flatts Wood Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:34pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

ORGANISERS of an initiative to spruce-up woodland at Barnard Castle are hoping the improvement work will attract more visitors to the area.

Villagers welcome move to abandon introducing parking restrictions

The Northern Echo: PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Diane Spark, who ran one of the petitions against introducing parking restrictions in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

3:52pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS opposing proposed parking restrictions in a rural village have welcomed a move to abandon the plans.

Comedy night

3:03pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

The Funny Way To Be Comedy Club presents Jo Caulfield at The Witham, in Barnard Castle, on Saturday, July 19, at 8pm. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 at the door. Call Peter Dixon 01833-650930, email comedy@funnywaytobe.com or visit funnywaytobe.com.

Man to be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to animals

The Northern Echo: In court: James Linsley admits animal cruelty

1:51pm Monday 7th July 2014

A 29-year-old man has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 53 sheep, four cows, ten horses and a dog at a farm near Richmond.

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.

Police reveal traveller incidents double in 12 months

The Northern Echo: MASS GATHERING: A large group of traveller caravans have appeared on a green open space at Startforth Park near Barnard Castle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:33am Saturday 5th July 2014

A POLICE review has revealed that the number of traveller related incidents has more than doubled since last year.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

The Northern Echo: 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.

Schools join in the Big Walk and Talk

The Northern Echo: WALK AND TALK:  Teesdale School and various primary schools from Barnard Castle  take part in the Big Walk & Talk. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:53pm Friday 4th July 2014

MORE than 700 teachers, parents and pupils took part in The Big Walk and Talk today (July 4).

School fears over village housing bid

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide next week on an application to build housing on farmland on the edge of a village.

Car crashes into hedge

6:35pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CAR ended up overturned in a hedge this morning (Thursday July 3), 20ft from the carriageway. Two fire engines from Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale were called to the A66, near Bowes, shortly after 9am. An ambulance was also in attendance but it is thought nobody was injured.

Tree group celebrates 10th anniversary

The Northern Echo: TREE PLANTING: Trees for Cotherstone has planted 1,000 new trees since it began ten years ago

5:18pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

AN award-winning tree group will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year after planting almost 1,000 new trees.

Opinions divided over plans for new £50m designer shopping village

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER OUTLET: An artist's impression of the new designer village at Scotch Corner.

6:40am Thursday 3rd July 2014

PLANS to create a £50m designer outlet village at Scotch Corner have been met with mixed reactions. Draft proposals for a 250,000 sq ft complex featuring 90 stores from top luxury brands, including Armani, Gucci and Prada, were yesterday revealed by The Northern Echo.

Green light for Lumiere return, as Arts Council pledges £1.2m

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation, Lumiere 2013

6:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than £1m in Arts Council funding has been promised to bring a spectacular light festival back to the North-East twice over the next three years.

Teesdale Aviation Day held to remember 86 airmen killed in the dale

The Northern Echo: AVIATION DAY: John Blissett Mayor laying a wreath atTeesdale Aviation Day service at The RAF memorial, in the grounds at Deerbolt YOI, in Barnard Castle, Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:37pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

FOUNDERS of an annual commemoration for the more than 80 airmen killed in a notorious Durham dale have vowed the service will continue, despite uncertainty about the future location of their memorial garden.

Runners raising money for rural Teesdale charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUNNERS: Amanada Falshaw and Karen Taylor prepare to run in the London 10k in aid of UTASS which has an office in Middleton-in-Teesdale (which is where they are pictured).  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:58pm Monday 30th June 2014

TWO runners will join fellow athletes in the capital to raise money for a rural Teesdale charity.

Students' diverse and innovative artwork on public display

The Northern Echo: ART EXHIBITION: Christopher Harrison, who was inspired to recreate images he saw on a rugby tour to South Africa

5:55pm Monday 30th June 2014

A RANGE of diverse and innovative artwork by sixth form students is being displayed at an exhibition in Teesdale.

Police investigate forklift truck theft

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

5:09pm Monday 30th June 2014

POLICE are investigating the theft of a forklift truck from Barnard Castle.

Golf sessions to help residents swing into shape

The Northern Echo: HOLE IN ONE: Headlam Hall Golf Club pro Stephen Carpenter with players Martin Thomas and Jean Wytcherley.

4:38pm Monday 30th June 2014

COUNTY Durham golf clubs are hoping to boost the region’s health by offering special beginner lessons to help people swing into shape.

Frozen fruit, fountains and ice cream created during school's science workshop

The Northern Echo: COOL PHYSICS: Dr Steve Wrathmall delivers cool physics science workshop for pupils from different primary schools from Teesdale and North YorkshirePicture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:30pm Monday 30th June 2014

THERE was a chill in the air during a cold-themed science workshop for pupils from five primary schools.

Man leaves £5,000 to protect Teesdale area which he loved

The Northern Echo: CASH BOOST: A £5,000 legacy has been left to help protect Teesdale.

1:40pm Monday 30th June 2014

A MAN who loved Teesdale after he spent his childhood in the area decided to leave a £5,000 legacy to help protect the area.

Author pens children's story based on alpaca's premature birth on her farm

The Northern Echo: ANIMAL STORY: Carol Burn, who became an alpaca farmer, has published children’s books based on the family of alpacas she owns. Pic Keith Taylor.

5:49pm Sunday 29th June 2014

AN author who swapped classrooms for the countryside has turned the unexpected premature birth of an alpaca she owns into a children’s book.



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