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Man fined following nature reserve flytip
Published May 19, 2022 9.23am
A man has been ordered to pay more than £450 after a vehicle he hired was used to dump waste at a County Durham nature reserve.
Man fined for dumping waste over neighbour's wall
Published May 06, 2022 12.13pm
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after he was caught throwing rubbish over his neighbour's wall.
Have your say on plans to protect beauty spot from anti-social behaviour
Published May 06, 2022 9.14am
County Durham residents are being encouraged to share their views on proposals to introduce new enforcement powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in a popular Teesdale beauty spot.
Durham welcomes Northumbria in Bloom judges
Published April 28, 2022 9.00am
Competition judges have cast an expert eye over Durham City's best blooms and environmental campaigns.
Electric vehicle car hire launches in County Durham
Published April 14, 2022 9.16am
Residents in County Durham can now hire an electric vehicle for the day, as part of a new car club service.
Community wildlife park receives Chairman's Medal
Published April 11, 2022 9.24am
A County Durham wildlife park has been recognised for its commitment to the local environment.
Thousands of County Durham homes to receive energy efficiency improvements
Published March 31, 2022 9.27am
A North East council has secured £10 million in funding to help housing associations make major energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
Councillors to be asked to declare ecological emergency
Published March 29, 2022 3.25pm
Councillors will be asked to declare an ecological emergency in County Durham as part of plans to do more to stop the decline of wildlife and natural habitats.
Sharing ideas on how to become carbon neutral
Published March 15, 2022 10.27am
We hosted an event with international partners to share information on how to improve ways to get more businesses to become carbon neutral.
Council branches out with boost for tree teams
Published March 01, 2022 9.16am
A North East Council is redoubling its efforts to protect, maintain and expand its tree cover.
Man to pay thousands after carrying out multiple flytips
Published February 15, 2022 9.17am
A Hartlepool man has been ordered to pay over £4,000 after he was caught flytipping at multiple locations in County Durham.
Flytipper fined for dumping fridges in County Durham layby
Published February 03, 2022 9.23am
A man who was captured on CCTV repeatedly dumping fridges in a County Durham layby has been ordered to pay more than £1,700, received a suspended prison sentence and had his van seized.
Changes to school loan scheme to support energy efficiency projects
Published January 11, 2022 4.06pm
Leaders of a North East council are being asked to consider changes to a loan scheme which will encourage schools to make energy efficiency improvements.
Works to prevent flooding in Chester-le-Street win award
Published December 14, 2021 9.20am
A scheme to prevent flooding in Chester-le-Street has won an award for protecting businesses and homes from water damage.
Key County Durham figures meet to sign climate pledge during COP26
Published November 04, 2021 9.17am
As world leaders gather in Glasgow over the next two weeks for the crucial COP26 summit, key figures in County Durham got together to pledge their own efforts to tackle climate change.
Collection points open in Spennymoor for unwanted small electricals
Published October 13, 2021 9.20am
Residents in Spennymoor can now recycle their small electrical items easily, following the opening of two collection points in the area.
Work begins to clear Durham City's river and paths
Published September 23, 2021 9.25am
Areas along Durham City's riverbanks will be cleared of debris as works begin this week to improve the area for visitors.
Man left £700 worse off after his rubbish found in flytip
Published September 02, 2021 9.21am
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay more than £700 for failing to take steps which could have prevented a flytip that contained his rubbish.
Woman taken to court for failing to assist fly-tip investigation
Published August 09, 2021 9.09am
A woman has been fined for failing to comply with a council investigation into waste being dumped near a County Durham village.
Thousand pound fine for man's involvement in fly-tipping offence
Published August 05, 2021 10.43am
A County Durham man has been fined over £1,200 for his part in a fly-tipping offence and transporting controlled waste without a license.