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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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No way to run a council

by Owen Temple on 21 May, 2015

At yesterday’s full council meeting Labour councillors voted, whenever the law allows it, to give work to its internal Direct Services Works Department and other internal departments which offer services for sale, even if it the work could be better done by a local business at a lower price. This is newly written into the […]

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Thank you Consett – now come and join us

by Owen Temple on 9 May, 2015

That’s 3,894 people in North West Durham who voted for a better way of doing politics, and are disappointed to see England & Wales back in the grip of two party politics, whilst Scotland distances itself into isolation. We know from our analysis that many of those votes came from close to home in Consett, and we’re […]

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Lib Dem Election win in Consett

by Owen Temple on 6 May, 2015

Consett Academy students voted their Lib Dem candidate, Jak, as winner in the school’s mock election. Congratulations to class 12:1 on a great campaign. Now all Owen needs is to replicate their success.

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Willowburn Shop opens in John Street, Consett

by Owen Temple on 5 May, 2015

Sue Sweeney of radio Newcastle did the honours today in cutting the ribbon for the official opening of Willowburn’s new shop which is just round the corner from the Post Office. Unlike the previous shop, this is much more than just a bookshop, with a range of clothing, vintage items and much more as well as […]

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