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Exciting plans for Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex approved

Published November 24, 2023 9.06am

Plans have been approved to create a new wellbeing and community hub in Bishop Auckland, bringing together leisure activities and library services under one roof.

Lumiere Light Labs illuminates opportunities for artists

Published November 23, 2023 10.34am

While the streets of Durham City and Bishop Auckland were lit up for Lumiere 2023, local artists were also given the chance to put their work in the spotlight.

Preparatory works get underway for A167 upgrades at Newton Aycliffe

Published November 22, 2023 11.00am

Preparatory works have begun ahead of a major upgrade of Newton Aycliffe's road network.

Actor returns to home theatre for panto season

Published November 22, 2023 9.23am

A County Durham actor is ready to bring some festive fun to the same theatre where she watched her first ever pantomime.

Durham city transformed into a giant art gallery

Published November 20, 2023 1.39pm

The 2023 edition of the UK's light biennial Lumiere closed in Durham on Sunday night, having welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the event over four incredible nights.

Students enjoy action-packed cadet presentation

Published November 20, 2023 9.27am

Students from Stanley got to experience the adventure of being a cadet for the day during an action-packed presentation.

Planning enforcement operation in East Durham

Published November 16, 2023 9.09am

A planning enforcement operation has taken place in East Durham following intelligence suggesting breaches of regulations.

DurhamEnable rated 'Excellent'

Published November 16, 2023 8.30am

A personalised service which helps people with disabilities and mental health needs find work has received the highest possible rating in an independent inspection.

Grants help green fingered allotment groups

Published November 15, 2023 10.54am

Three County Durham allotments are seeing major improvements, as the first beneficiaries of a new grant scheme.

Lumiere traffic and transport

Published November 13, 2023 10.33am

Visitors to the UK's largest light festival are being urged to plan their journeys in advance.

Demolition planned for dilapidated former bakery

Published November 10, 2023 11.18am

An eyesore building in Annfield Plain, blighted by anti-social behaviour, is set to be demolished.

Councillors to consider delivery plan for County Durham's bold economic strategy

Published November 10, 2023 9.43am

The first phase of a long-term strategy to ensure County Durham has a thriving and inclusive economy will be considered by councillors next week.

Meal kits tackle cost of living and food waste

Published November 10, 2023 9.26am

A North East council is combining artificial intelligence (AI) and a surplus food scheme to help feed families while reducing food waste.

Final local approval for devolution deal

Published November 09, 2023 3.00pm

Devolution plans for the North East that would see the region gain new powers and £4.2bn in investment have had the final local political approval.

Durham woman fined after trading standards officers seized thousands of counterfeit cigarettes

Published November 09, 2023 1.09pm

A Durham woman has been left with a bill of more than £500 after being caught selling counterfeit cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco.

Funding secured for Horden minewater scheme

Published November 09, 2023 9.29am

An innovative project to use heat from minewater to power buildings in Horden has moved a step closer after securing funding.

Celebrating and protecting County Durham's heritage

Published November 08, 2023 9.20am

Victorian gates from Euston Station, two ice houses and a deserted medieval village.

Archbishop blesses new water fountain

Published November 08, 2023 9.18am

A new drinking water fountain in Bishop Auckland has been blessed by the Archbishop of York.

Cabinet to consider empty and second homes proposal

Published November 07, 2023 3.46pm

Proposals to adopt additional council tax raising flexibilities and apply additional charges on long term empty and second homes in County Durham are set to be discussed.

Bid for rough sleeper support in County Durham

Published November 07, 2023 3.45pm

A North East council has bid for government funding to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

School pupils' artwork teaches motorists an important lesson

Published November 06, 2023 9.28am

Pupils from a County Durham primary school have worked with a local author and illustrator to create an eye-catching mural reminding motorists to drive safely.

Home stage debut wish granted for County Durham actor

Published November 03, 2023 12.20pm

An actor's childhood dream to become a star on her local theatre stage will come true this winter, with her panto performance set to sparkle in Durham City.

Another walking and cycling route upgrade completed in County Durham - and nursery children give it the thumbs-up

Published November 03, 2023 11.48am

School runs and commutes have become much easier for people living and working in part of County Durham after a walking and cycling route was upgraded.

Festival Walk development in final phase

Published November 01, 2023 9.30am

Work to transform Spennymoor's Festival Walk and marketplace into a vibrant town space continues, as the final phases of work begin.

Changes to postal and proxy votes

Published October 31, 2023 11.01am

The way people can apply to vote by post or by proxy is changing.

Views sought on plans to tackle housing issues and homelessness

Published October 31, 2023 8.08am

People in County Durham are being asked to share their views on draft strategies to reduce homelessness and improve housing in the county.

Introducing 'Welcome Spaces' across County Durham

Published October 27, 2023 9.30am

Community groups and organisations across County Durham are being invited to apply for financial support to become Welcome Spaces.

What's on at Killhope Lead Mining Museum this October half term

Published October 27, 2023 9.21am

Killhope Lead Mining Museum is hosting a variety of events to keep families entertained this October half term.

Unlicensed landlord instructed to pay more than £47,000

Published October 27, 2023 9.17am

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £50,000 for failing to adhere to licensing legal requirements on several rental properties, despite numerous warnings.

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