Durham News

Council Steps In With Meals Support Scheme This Half-Term

The council is to step in to support families during next week’s half-term holiday by providing support to those who would normally receive free school meals. Senior members of Durham County Council’s Cabinet have met to discuss a scheme to provide support for eligible families. The urgent talks follow Wednesday’s House of Commons vote against […]
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John Hewitt Appointed Interim Chief Executive of Durham County Council

Durham County Council has named a member of its senior management team as its new interim Chief Executive. John Hewitt, corporate director of resources, will take over from current Chief Executive Terry Collins, who announced his intention to retire from the role last month. John joined the authority in 2016 and has overseen the council’s […]
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County Durham Continues Smiling Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

• Sunday roast voted our favourite pleasurable pastime during pandemic • A compliment makes us smile more than gifts or flowers • We’re still smiling despite wearing face masks – and using our eyes to help us It’s the simple things in life that are keeping us smiling in County Durham in increasingly challenging times, […]
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North East Charity Raises £12,000 Through A Golf Tournament

A socially distanced golf tournament has raised more than £12,000 for a leading North East charity. Players turned out in force at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa near Durham for the Red Sky Golf Classic, in aid of the Red Sky Foundation. The event was held on world #Restartaheart Day, which was marked by […]
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A Winter-Ready County Durham!

Preparations for winter are already well underway in County Durham. In order to keep the region moving over the colder months, Durham County Council has its 76 strong fleet of gritters and snowblowers ready and waiting on standby. The winter maintenance team is now fully up and running, with 42,000 tonnes of salt ready to […]
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Richard Holden, MP, Announces Recent Figures Showing Support For North West Durham Businesses

• 1,554 Bounce Back Loans worth £40,771,271 have been offered under the Bounce Back Loans Scheme in North West Durham • Also in North West Durham, 49 loans worth £6,737,782 have been offered under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme • In total, more than £200 billion of Government support has been provided to help […]
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Reminder For County Durham To Follow COVID-19 Restrictions

Businesses across County Durham are being reminded that they must comply with the latest coronavirus rules, or face action. It comes as another five venues across the county are today (16 October) issued with direction orders and told they must immediately close for failing to abide by the latest measures. Following a serious breach of […]
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Government’s Culture Recovery Fund gives grants to Ushaw College and Durham & Darlington Music Education Hub

Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, welcomed £862,664 worth of Government grant funding provided to Durham & Darlington Music Education Hub and Ushaw College. The funding represents the first tranche of support being provided by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Grants programme which is being administered by the Arts Council. The money is part […]
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Hand Washing Stations To Be Set Up In Schools To Support Safety Measures

Hundreds of handwashing stations will be set up in schools across County Durham as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Durham County Council has made 800 portable hand washing stations available to schools that can be set up in classrooms or outdoor areas to allow pupils to wash their hands regularly. Currently, […]
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Construction gets under way at £140m Business Park

A new £140 million industrial park is officially open for business following the appointment of a development partner and the sale of its first plot of land. Forrest Park (Newton Aycliffe) Limited, a joint venture by Durham County Council and local landowners the Forrest family, has signed an agreement with Richardson Barberry to develop the […]
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