Warning over winter roads - RESIDENTS are being warned that salting and snow clearing on an area's roads will be cut by a third this winter.

As a result of Durham County Council's £400,000 cut to this year's winter maintenance budget, the services will be reduced in Easington. Although road salting and snow clearing are carried out by the district council, the county council provides instruction as to when and where salting should occur. Easington District Council has expressed concern over some of the discontinued routes, so has reinstated a minimal number, including bus routes through housing estates. For details of which roads will be salted, or to report problems relating to snow and ice on the roads, ring the county council's highway action line on 0191-370 6000.

TABLE TOP SALE: A table top sale to raise money for Lanchester RC All Saints RC Primary School's building fund is held on Saturday, between 10am and 1pm in Lanchester Social Club, Newbiggin Lane, Lanchester. Admission is 50p, children 25p, and tables cost £6. To book, call (01207) 529016.

CHARITY'S THANKS: The Children's Hope Foundation, which helps children with special needs, raised £207 with a street collection in Durham recently. The charity thanks everyone who supported the collection.

NEW COURSE: A six-week course in tai chi will be held at The Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, on Fridays, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. The course costs £15. For details, call 0191-219 3455.

SALSA NIGHT: A new salsa dancing class for beginners and experienced dancers starts at the Chester-le-Street Community Association, Newcastle Bank, on Monday, between 5.30 and 6.30pm. The course costs £16.50 for six weeks. For details, call 0191-388 4752.

KIDS' SHOW: Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass will be performed at The Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, on Saturday, between 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets cost £2 from the centre reception, on 0191-219 3455.

HOMES PLAN: Durham City Council is being asked to renew the outline planning permission it has given for seven homes to be built at Kylemore in Rennys Lane, Dragonville, Durham.

COUNCILLORS' SURGERY: Easington District councillors Joe Goodwin, Frank Shaw and Charles Walker will hold a ward surgery in the Dawdon Miners Welfare Centre, Mount Stewart Street, Dawdon, on Monday, November 18 between 6pm and 7pm. Coun Goodwin can be contacted on 0191-581 3850, Coun Shaw on 0191-581 3829 and Coun Walker on 0191-581 2350.

CHARITY ANNIVERSARY: The Scope charity shop in Front Street, Chester-le-Street, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the charity tomorrow morning. The chairman of Chester-le-Street District Council, Councillor Bill Laverick, will cut a celebratory cake and there will be refreshments.

BOWLED OVER: Bowlers from the Burnway Centre at North Lea, Seaham, have been awarded £1,900 for sporting equipment including a new carpet and bowls. The funding has come from the National Lottery's Awards for All scheme.

CHARITY DONATIONS: Bob and Alice Chambers, from Gilesgate, Durham, would like to thank everyone who helped them raise £500 for Cancer Research UK by making donations for the couple's diamond wedding anniversary