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Watch out for a new threat to Shotley Bridge Hospital

by Owen Temple on January 24, 2015

I got a shock at the last Health Committee Meeting at Durham. There was a report about breast cancer clinics which seemed to be saying that for “first contact” breast cancer clinics – the first meeting with a consultant for people who had been referred and urgently need to be seen within a two week […]

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Yet again Durham’s Labour councillors have refused to reconsider the absurd position that sees Durham councillors paid 48p per mile for official duties, whilst employees in almost every other walk of life settle for the “normal” Inland Revenue limit of 45p per miles, sometimes referred to as the “approved rate”. What was surprising this year was […]

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Police seek licence reviews of Consett pub and club

by Owen Temple on January 20, 2015

Reviews of Chaplains and the Coach and Horses licences in Consett are being sought by the police following the seizure of counterfeit alcohol in November. The details of the review – and where you can send comments to – are below. You can write to the Licensing Department at County hall or call 03000 265107 (General Licensing […]

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Neighbourhood Wardens’ report

by Owen Temple on January 19, 2015

Dog fouling Wardens have investigated 17 reports of dog fouling this month. Wardens also removed 11 stray dogs. Littering Wardens have investigated 2 reports of littering this month and issued 5 fixed penalty notices. Fly-tipping 50 incidents of fly-tipping were reported this month. Wardens carried out investigations into these incidents in order to find any […]

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Pemberton Road landslip update

by Owen Temple on January 18, 2015

The contract has been awarded and work starts on Monday 26th January 2015.  Completion set for Friday 17th April 2015, around 12 weeks.

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Traffic orders round the Academy

by Owen Temple on December 22, 2014

The full set is published. Speak now or for ever hold your peace.The orders are as follows: 1. Ashdale Road: North east side of the road, from a point aprox. 14 metres south east of its junction with the B6308 Medomsley Road in a south easterly direction for a distance of aprox. 21 metres. Plan reference CQ172 […]

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Bins over Christmas

by Owen Temple on December 19, 2014

Christmas bin collections: bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Wednesday 24 December with collection days then changing during Christmas and New Year. The following collection dates are in place: Normal collection days  Revised collection days: Revised collection days Christmas New Year Tuesday Collection as Normal 23 Dec Wednesday 31 December Wednesday Collection […]

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The law is an ass

by Owen Temple on December 18, 2014

Mr Bumble says so and so do I. Today at the planning committee we found ourselves in a position where we either agreed to grant a Certificate of Lawful Development, or risk making the council subject to an expensive legal case which it would almost certainly lose. And the subject? Back in 1973 Stanley Urban […]

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Licensing – application for change

by Owen Temple on December 4, 2014

The following application has been received/accepted by Durham County Council. Application Type – Application for a Minor Variation Applicant:  J Noble & Sons Ltd Premises – Nobles, 17 Middle Street, Consett, Co Durham, DH8 5QP Proposed variation – To change the layout of the premises and replace current conditions with new conditions. Date of Application – 04 […]

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Christmas comes early

by Owen Temple on December 1, 2014