Durham News

Durham Christmas Festival 2020 is Cancelled

It’s a real shame, Durham’s Christmas Festival 2020 is cancelled. Durham Christmas Festival’s organisers have announced the cancellation of this year’s festival, owing to the current uncertainties and likely restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  These restrictions are making it unrealistic for the organisers and traders to commit to the event, taking into account the […]
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Seven-Year-Old Boy from County Durham Leads National Tube Feeding Charity Campaign

A seven year old boy, Ezekiel Martin from County Durham is leading a national awareness week campaign for a charity that supports people who rely on artificial nutrition through tube feeding.  Ezekiel, who has had a feeding tube since he was a baby and has to be artificially fed for seventeen hours each day, is […]
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Park View School Receives Grant to Produce Visors

Park View School received a grant of £8,772 to enable its Design Faculty to produce visors, which it is donating to doctors’ surgeries and care homes. The money was managed through The Council’s Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) and taken from the neighbourhood budget of three county councillors. Neighbourhood budgets are allocated to […]
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Durham County Council Shortlisted for National Digital Award

Durham County Council has been shortlisted for the Digital Transformation category in The MJ Awards 2020, which recognises achievement in local government. It follows the council’s efforts to replace more services with online versions, improve the quality and choice of those digital services and help its communities to thrive in a digital world. There are […]
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Upgrades to Walking and Cycling Routes in Durham

“Temporary measures” which will create more space for walking and cycling are to be introduced at six Durham City locations following the success of a funding bid. The Council has been successful in applying for just under £400,000 from the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, through which it is giving money for measures which build […]
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Annual Survey of Voter Information

Households in County Durham are being asked to check if the voter information for their home is correct. Elections will be taking place in May next year, therefore it is important that residents make sure they are able to take part. As part of The Council’s annual canvass, households will soon receive a pack asking […]
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Have Your Say on Improvements to Privately Rented Housing

The deadline for tenants and landlords to share their views on plans to improve the standard of privately rented properties in County Durham has been extended to Sunday 2 August The scheme would require landlords within designated areas to apply for a five-year licence, demonstrating that they have adequate management arrangements in place. If it […]
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Durham Councillor Welcomes Northern Rail Investment

Durham County Councillor Carl Marshall has welcomed an announcement from government to invest in upgrading rail services in the North. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced £600 million worth of investment in northern rail networks, with £589 million allocated to upgrading and electrifying the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. The investment will […]
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Council Leaders Request Local Control Over “Culture Rescue” Funding

North East council leaders are calling on the Government to allow decisions about the £1.57 billion “culture rescue” package to be made locally. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Cllr Simon Henig argues that the best way to ensure the whole sector gets the support it needs […]
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Scout Meetings Replaced With “Activity Packs”

Thanks to funding from Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership (AAP), Acle Scout Group has created at-home “activity packs” for their members The group’s beaver, cub and scout sections usually meet in Aycliffe Village Hall every week and enjoy a variety of trips and activities. When the lockdown began, leaders were keen to keep […]
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