Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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Consett’s Art Life

by Owen Temple on 13 July, 2017

There are lots of artists in Consett, ranging across the spectrum, and it’s a delight to welcome a new initiative from some of the town’s younger artists in an exhibition called “Conny”. You can find all the details their website.

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Some lights saved on Consett Bypass

by Owen Temple on 12 July, 2017

Readers will know that we keep a careful eye on, and campaign for, some of the local road lights threatened with removal under the Street Light Energy Reduction Pavement. After representations by a number of people, ourselves included, some lights have been saved on the Consett bypass (Rotary Way) stretch between the Villa Real and […]

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Local Road Closures

by Owen Temple on 6 July, 2017

Re-surfacing work on local roads begins at Villa Real on Sunday 9 July, running for four nights. It will be carried out in two phases, the first of which will require the closure of the A690/A691/Leadgate Road roundabout. A diversion route will be in place via Leadgate Road, Front Street, the B6309 and the A692. […]

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New comparison table about TA pay

by Owen Temple on 28 June, 2017

A week ago I complained about the way in which councillors were rail-roaded into making a decision to approve the new Teaching Assistant pay offer. One of the points I made was about the lack of time for councillors to raise questions and get answers. Despite that, with the teaching assistant workforce already undertaking its ballot, […]

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Derwentside Trust recognised for their efforts

by Owen Temple on 22 June, 2017

It was good to see the Derwentside Trust recognised in the Volunteering Celebration Event recently organised by Durham Community Action. Pictured here at Beamish Museum, where the event was held, are Sharon Unsworth and Jackie Rennoldson who received a certificate on behalf of the many volunteers who now make Glenroyd House tick. I am full of […]

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I won’t have won many friends at County Hall yesterday by arguing that the decision on the TA deal should be delayed whilst councillors looked at the small print, but I make no apology. The deal that is being offered is much better than the one that was to be imposed on TAs twelve months […]

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New Teaching Assistant proposals on the table

by Owen Temple on 19 June, 2017

The latest offer from the council to Durham’s TAs is to be put to the council meeting on Wednesday. Most unsatisfactorily the report is extremely last minute (issued tonight for a Meeting at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday) and still short on precise detail, but at least it does two things I and my party have […]

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Thank you

by Owen Temple on 10 June, 2017

Thank you to all those of you (3,398 in North West Durham) who voted Liberal Democrat in Thursday’s election, and to all those of you who would have done so had you not decided that we were not going to win in North West Durham, and it was therefore more important to you to stop […]

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NW Durham Live TV Election Debate on Friday Night

by Owen Temple on 30 May, 2017

All five North West Durham General Election candidates will take part in a TV Debate on Friday night at 8.00 p.m. The debate is being filmed by Made in Tyne and Wear, and will go out simultaneously on Sky 117, Freeview 7, and Virgin 159 as well as on Made in Tyne and Wear and Made […]

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A subdued return to the election campaign

by Owen Temple on 26 May, 2017

The dreadful events in Manchester on Monday night have left many families in appalling grief, and all of us saddened on their behalf. The murderous action has left the whole country shocked, and the appetite for election campaigning reduced. Never the less, the election has restarted and the questions in many people’s minds as diverse […]

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