A new era?

by Owen Temple on September 9, 2014

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Project Genesis. For many years it was slow to supply people with detail about what it was doing, kept its intentions under wraps, and preferred just to tell us that it was good for us. We were asked to take it all on trust. Recently, however, there […]

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Bank Holiday Refuse Arrangements

by Owen Temple on August 19, 2014

Rubbish and recycling collections in County Durham will take place as normal during the August bank holiday week. (w/c 25 August)

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Film Academy for Young People

by Owen Temple on August 12, 2014

Applications are now invited from young people between the ages of 16-19 for Kids for Kids second BFI Film Academy. The BFI Film Academy (www.bfi.org.uk/filmacademy) aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers and offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing […]

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August Break

by Owen Temple on August 1, 2014

This website is taking its traditional summer break. Deckchairs and sunbathers on a sunny Sunday, Brighton beach (David Hawgood) / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Childrens’ Centres consultation underway.

by Owen Temple on July 31, 2014

Despite an attempt to get the cabinet to reconsider its approach to changes to childrens’ centres – at least until they had discussed local impacts of particular closures/transfers – the consultation is set to go ahead, and you get your chance to put forward your views (though not necessarily to have any notice taken of […]

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Licensing Application for Consett

by Owen Temple on July 24, 2014

The following application has been received/accepted by Durham County Council Application Type – Application for a New Premises Licence Applicant: – Anthony Nicholson, Finnians, 7 Trafalgar Street, Consett Premises – Finnians, 7 Trafalgar Street, Consett Date of Application – 23 July 2014             Last date for representations – 20 August 2014 Application details: for the sale […]

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Disgrace of the Day. The Cabinet and council were unrepentant about fixing up a quizzing of council officers at their Labour Group meeting and five separate localised briefings for Labour Group Members only, all in relation to the proposed changes to Children’s Centres reported on this site, weeks before the proposal went to Cabinet. And that […]

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Getting there

by Owen Temple on July 18, 2014

But not there yet. That has to be the verdict on County Durham’s employment statistics. Every month Durham County Council produces statistics on employment within the county, and they all show the same trend. The employment position in the county is improving, but this county lags behind the national statistics, and the region as a […]

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County Durham Children’s Centres to close?

by Owen Temple on July 17, 2014

Not according to the County Council, but does that stack up? Yesterday’s cabinet meeting agreed to go to “consultation” on a report which would see the number of Children’s Centres in County Durham reduced from 43 to 15 as the service is directed to run more services from local community facilities, rather than relying on […]

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Wardens’ report

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Dog fouling Wardens have investigated 3 reports of dog fouling this month. They have also removed 9 stray dogs. Littering Wardens have investigated 1 report of littering this month. Fly-tipping 66 incidents of fly-tipping were reported this month. 29 investigations into these incidents were carried out in order to find any evidence to link the […]

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