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A special ‘drive-thru’ service has enabled the families of more than a hundred babies born in County Durham to register their births. Local authorities were forced to suspend birth registrations in March in response to Government guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus. Changes to the rules mean that councils are now able to restart […]
INTU, the owners of Eldon Square shopping centre, in which the Council has a financial interest, has appointed KPMG to make contingency plans for the group to go into administration. INTU is in talks with lenders, with a deadline for renewing its revolving credit facility contingency waivers this week. It is seeking an 18 month standstill including repayment of maturing debt, a company statement on 23rd June confirmed, saying "there is no certainty as to whether INTU will achieve a standstill."
More than 30 apprenticeship vacancies at a North East local authority will offer new career opportunities for people looking to earn as they learn. Durham County Council is recruiting apprentices across a wide range of occupations, with roles available from entry-level to degree-level apprenticeships. People have until Sunday 19 July to apply for the following […]
Kitchen, dining, bedroom and en-suite extension to rear and alterations. Full details of the application are contained in the following link and search using the reference DM/20/01278/FPA: https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/ Further information on how to comment on planning applications can be found: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/8276/Find-a-planning-application
Residents living in controlled parking zones across Sunderland are being reminded to apply for, renew and display parking permits as restrictions come back into force on 1st July. The permit zones stopped being enforced during the coronavirus lockdown, and applications for new permits were suspended.
There is no doubt that the COVID 19 epidemic has had serious detrimental effects on mental health, Councillor Dr Wendy Taylor had intended to say to Newcastle City Council tonight. But the Labour Administration rushed through a suspension of standing orders so Liberal Democrats were unable to speak out on this vital issue.
An eyesore subway between Grindon, Hastings Hill and Pennywell has been vandalised in the middle of upgrade works, sparking fury from the local community. The Hastings Hill subway under the A183 (Chester Road) is being refurbished to provide a brighter, cleaner way to get between Grindon and Hastings Hill estates and the new ALDI supermarket on the former Dewhirst site at Pennywell.
A key access route to University Metro station from Thornhill and Ashbrooke is due to re-open after a 6 month closure. The subway under Durham Road which links University Metro station and Sunderland University's City Campus with nearby Thornhill and Ashbrooke has been out of action since January 2020 after it was hit by a massive arson attack.
A car crash outside Portland Academy school in Doxford has led local councillor Heather Fagan to demand measures to reduce speeding on roads in the area. The roundabout outside Portland Academy on Weymouth Road - between Hall Farm, Chapelgarth and Moorside estates - was the scene of a car smash at the weekend, with bollards, lights and signs on the roundabout being destroyed.
Join Doxford's Lib Dem councillor Heather Fagan in demanding Sunderland Council installs speed calming measures along Weymouth Road as quickly as possible. Measures are in the pipeline, but following recent accidents we need action now. Please sign the petition below, and share with friends, family and neighbours.
A section of Camperdown Avenue’s footpath will be resurfaced by the Council. This is a continuation of the footpath work that has been ongoing over last few years. There has not been a date confirmed when this will take place but it will occur before March 2021. Durham County Council are only beginning highways work […]
People who have lost their job or are looking for new employment are being offered help in County Durham. Durham County Council is encouraging residents aged 25 and over to take advantage of a tailored support programme which could boost their chances of finding work. The council’s Employability Durham Team is urging people to contact […]
The Liberal Democrats Opposition on Newcastle City Council is alarmed at Labour's attempt to severely restrict the normal business of Council by stretching the use of established procedures to extraordinary lengths. Liberal Democrat Councillors have previously welcomed the return of Council meetings, bringing forward timely motions addressing the need for more help for young people to get skills training, support for the Black Lives Matter movement, calls for action on mental health, and the crisis in Hong Kong. However, the public agenda states an intention, furiously opposed at Constitutional Committee by Liberal Democrat representatives, to force a vote to reject all but a narrow set of agenda items led by Cabinet members.
When the North of Tyne Devolution Deal and elected mayor were announced, many of the opinion-formers in the business world, media and PR sector, and upper echelons of the public sector in our region were keen to hail the news as "transformational" for the North of Tyne. A reasonable observer might feel that a little time may be needed to get up and running and put its plans into action. Yet a year on from the election of Mayor Driscoll, it is difficult to see much sign of the promised transformation, and few in the region can point to many substantial achievements to date.
A County Durham learning service has adapted during the coronavirus outbreak to continue to reach hundreds of adults and children. The home delivery of learning packages means that, to date, 274 adults and 414 children have continued to engage with East Durham Trust, which delivers community learning on behalf of Durham County Council’s Adult Learning […]
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