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The demolition of the old Belle Vue Swim Centre is due to start in March and in order to secure the area during the removal of asbestos from the site it will be necessary to close the footpath through towards St Patrick’s School. The traffic regulation order will start from March 21st for a maximum […]

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An Introduction to Hedgelaying course is being run as part of the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership Field Boundary Programme, which is aimed at anyone keen to gain a greater appreciation of ancient rural crafts and practical conservation, and will take place at Deepdale Wood Nature Reserve, Barnard Castle on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 […]

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Wednesday’s Council Meeting now on video

by Owen Temple on 22 January, 2016

I doubt Wednesday’s meeting will make it quickly to the top of the YouTube ratings but for those who want to see what really goes on it’s a welcome service. The first hour and a half of the meeting, with the Teaching assistant Motion starting at minute 39, can be found here. The motion on […]

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Today’s Council Meeting

by Owen Temple on 20 January, 2016

When you go to a council meeting you usually have a pretty good idea of what will happen, and certainly don’t expect any motion you or any other opposition member has put to be passed, but you can never be quite sure what tactics will be used in the process. As you know, last month the […]

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My speech on the teaching assistants pay debate today

by Owen Temple on 20 January, 2016

I will write a report of the meeting in an hour or two. In the meantime here is the case I put for the withdrawal of the current poposals on teaching assistants’ pay. “This debate should have taken place a month ago. I understand the council’s leader considered it “inappropriate” then. No doubt he thinks […]

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No doubt some people will wonder why, after last month’s filibuster by the ruling Labour Group, I still plan to put forward to council a motion calling for withdrawal of the proposals on teaching assistants’ pay issued in November, proposals which involve pay cuts of 10 – 25%. The answer is straightforward. As long as […]

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This is the only conclusion I can reach from yesterday’s Cabinet Meeting at County Hall. Try it for yourself.   This could be very good news – except that the tables prove why the Consett area will be put to the bottom of the heap when it comes to the budget for youth work in […]

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Merry Christmas

by Owen Temple on 25 December, 2015

On November 26th I made a Freedom of Information request to see the report that had gone to the Corporate Management Team driving the current proposals to raise the hours and cut the pay of classroom assistants across the county. At the time I made the request the proposals had already been announced to Headteachers (though […]

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Only bins that are normally collected on a Friday will be affected by changes over Christmas and New Year.   Collections which would have been due on Friday 25 December will instead take place on Monday 28 December. Collections due on Friday 1 January will be carried out on Monday 4 January.   People can […]

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