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All the latest council news, press releases and customer notices in one place.

Essential work at The Causeway Bridge in Wolsingham

Published June 14, 2024 11.02am

A County Durham bridge is to close temporarily for essential maintenance work.


New Mayor appointed for Durham

Published June 12, 2024 10.58am

A councillor who has served Durham for seven years is hoping to use her new civic role to raise money for charity.


Three people in court for waste offences

Published June 12, 2024 9.20am

Three people in County Durham have been ordered to pay a collective penalty of over £2,000 for waste offences.


It's a family affair at historic Durham City park

Published June 11, 2024 10.08am

A man whose ancestors created and gifted a city one of its most popular parks has spoken of his delight at visiting it for the very first time.


Have your say on shopfront design and biodiversity planning policies

Published June 11, 2024 8.55am

Four consultation sessions will take place next month as we seek views on a series of new planning documents.


Giant prehistoric monsters on display in Bishop Auckland

Published June 10, 2024 11.11am

Visitors are invited to step back in time with two new exhibitions showing the giant prehistoric monsters that once roamed the UK and Europe.


Be the first to see inside The Story

Published June 07, 2024 11.19am

A new visitor attraction celebrating the past, present and future of County Durham will open to the public next week.


Durham Brass Festival goes back on the road

Published June 07, 2024 11.18am

One of the region's best-loved music events is once again going on the road when it makes its eagerly-awaited return next month.


County Durham volunteers share their stories during Volunteers Week

Published June 05, 2024 11.49am

In a week when the contribution of volunteers is under the spotlight nationally, three County Durham residents have spoken about the transformational impact volunteering has had on their lives.


'Fatal four' causes of crashes shared with young drivers

Published June 05, 2024 10.31am

Young drivers have been learning about the 'fatal four' causes of collisions as part of a programme to improve safety on roads.


Shop reportedly selling illegal tobacco and vapes to underage children ordered to close

Published June 04, 2024 11.51am

A Consett shop which was reportedly selling illegal vapes and tobacco to underage children has been ordered to shut for three months.


Sunday chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

Published June 04, 2024 10.12am

The full celebrity line up for Seaham Food Festival has been confirmed with the announcement of the final chefs who will be taking to the cookery stage.


Are you registered to vote in next month's General Election?

Published June 03, 2024 10.48am

People in County Durham are being reminded that they must be registered to vote if they wish to have their say in the forthcoming UK Parliamentary General Election.


Free guided walks return to Seaham

Published June 03, 2024 9.28am

A popular series of guided walks in a County Durham coastal town will return this month.


North Road refurbishment to start next month

Published May 31, 2024 3.25pm

Work to refurbish a gateway to Durham City will begin next month.


Re-elected Chair announces new charities

Published May 31, 2024 9.24am

A charity supporting premature and sick new babies and a group that tackles loneliness and social isolation are set to receive an extra boost.


Waste carrier fined for failing to produce legal documents

Published May 30, 2024 4.05pm

A County Durham man who was spotted collecting scrap metal has been ordered to pay out more than £600 after he failed to produce the required documentation.


Regional stories told in four new short plays

Published May 29, 2024 10.59am

An evening of live theatre featuring four short plays from North East writers will be performed at a County Durham venue this week.


£500,000 funding boost for County Durham advice charity

Published May 29, 2024 10.04am

We have committed more funding to a charity that provides vital advice to residents across County Durham.


Businesses closed after thousands of pounds' worth of illegal cigarettes seized

Published May 24, 2024 3.02pm

Two Seaham businesses have been ordered to close for three months after more than £7,000 worth of illegal cigarettes and vapes were seized.


£3.7million scheme to connect Durham City's main walking and cycling routes

Published May 23, 2024 11.46am

Walking and cycling routes to Durham City's main employment, education and tourist sites are set to benefit from better connections as part of a £3.7million scheme.


County Durham Investment Prospectus launched to "key players" from across the globe

Published May 23, 2024 11.11am

A prospectus presenting 24 of County Durham's most compelling investment opportunities has been launched to an international audience at a major trade conference.


Man fined for not assisting fly-tip investigation

Published May 23, 2024 8.58am

A County Durham man has been fined hundreds of pounds after failing to assist with a fly-tipping investigation.


Three people awarded prestigious civic honour

Published May 20, 2024 11.34am

A woman who uses her pub to connect others, a man who helps young people gain important experience and skills, and a farmer who has dedicated a quarter of a century to his community have each received a prestigious award.


Closure order for shop selling illicit tobacco

Published May 20, 2024 9.28am

A shop in County Durham has been ordered to close for three months after selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco.


Preparations underway for Appleby Horse Fair

Published May 17, 2024 10.13am

Temporary Stop Over Areas (TSOAs) are being set up in County Durham ahead of this year's Appleby Horse Fair.


Durham walking and cycling routes to be improved

Published May 17, 2024 9.20am

Work to enhance footpaths and active travel routes in Durham City will begin next week.


Popular TV chefs to star at Seaham Food Festival

Published May 16, 2024 11.00am

Two popular TV presenters are among the first celebrity chefs to be announced for Seaham Food Festival.


Durham Brass Festival just got bigger! Emerging artist showcase and DJ set among newly-announced shows

Published May 15, 2024 9.57am

A soul and funk band championed by Craig Charles; a modernist folk act which opened for both Sam Fender at St James' Park and Pete Doherty; and a Brazilian-born alt-pop artist whose music has appeared on Love Island.


Move more for your mental health

Published May 14, 2024 10.43am

"If I'm honest I can't remember a time when I didn't use a walk to help with my mental health, not that in the 80's or 90's I would have thought of it as mental health.


Woodland restoration project connects forests and communities

Published May 14, 2024 10.13am

New woodlands covering an area the size of Durham's historic city centre have been created as part of a four-year scheme to reconnect forest networks.


Major milestone for North East Investment Zone at NETPark Phase 3

Published May 13, 2024 9.14am

The £62million expansion of one of the UK's premier science parks has taken a significant step towards completion.




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