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Revealed: the cost of one-party councils

by Owen Temple on 5 October, 2015

The Electoral Reform Society reports on it, and two of its findings caught my eye: ‘one-party councils’ could be missing out on savings of around £2.6bn when compared to their more competitive counterparts The report also measures councils’ procurement process against a ‘Corruption Risk Index’ – and finds that one-party councils are around 50% more […]

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Running to win

by Owen Temple on 6 September, 2015

That’s for Willowburn Hospice. Next Sunday I’ll be running the Great North Run and I think it unlikely that, as urged by one of my generous sponsors, I will be only the second male Briton to win the Great North Run, but I know it will be a win for Willowburn because of the generous […]

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The Migrant Crisis

by Owen Temple on 5 September, 2015

It’s time to Durham County to Act. That’s why all County Durham’s Liberal Democrat councillors have written an open letter to the council leader, Simon Henig, calling on him to agree to offer homes to 150 displaced families. The full text of the letter follows: Dear Cllr Henig and fellow councillors No doubt you are […]

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Been away too long

by Owen Temple on 5 September, 2015

Sorry to those people who have logged in in vain to see what’s going on on my site. It’s true that I’ve been away a lot in August, but that’s no excuse as I’ve not posted since the General Election Now we’re back up and running.

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Latest figures from Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection team show that 73 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering. Three were given out for dog fouling, five for untidy yards and gardens and failing to comply with litter clearing notices and two to waste carriers who did not have the correct paperwork. Twenty-six Community Protection […]

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95% unemployment courtesy of County Hall

by Owen Temple on 18 June, 2015

In this county which claims to be “open for business” there’s one area where the council slams the door on people wanting to earn a living. That’s people who want to become taxi drivers. In the first four months after they introduced their new “tougher” Knowledge and Locality tests, Durham County Council reduced the number of […]

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Medomsley Road/Station Road from about the Steel Club to Delves Lane roundabout will be closed from June 22nd @ 7.00 p.m. as will Sherburn Terrace/ Front Street from around the Salvation Army to Lloyds Bank. The closure will last for around 5 days and is needed for the carriageways to be resurfaced. This closure of […]

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Skateboard park design consultation

by Owen Temple on 8 June, 2015

If you know any young people with an interest in skateboarding/scootering , please let them know about a consultation meeting about the design of the new skateboard park which is being rebuilt as part of the Academy and Leisure Centre scheme. The people who understand what they need are the young people themselves who use […]

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The return of “It’s up 2 U”

by Owen Temple on 2 June, 2015

After a couple of year’s absence the Derwent Valley Partnership is set to run its third It’s Up 2 U scheme in November 2015. It’s the X Factor for local voluntary groups (though as yet we’ve not been up for text and phone voting) with the same principle. Put up your project for public view, sing its […]

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Not giving up

by Owen Temple on 23 May, 2015

Councillors Dereks Hicks, Alex Watson and I met together with John Hinds of the Grove Residents Association and a lighting expert, Steve Fullerton, to consider alternative solutions now that the council has removed the lampposts on the A692 between Consett and the Grove. We’re bitterly disappointed that the council has rejected our reasoned arguments, arguments […]

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