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Hefty fines for ignoring requests to clear waste
Published July 31, 2020 10.20am
Failing to remove waste from their back yards has left four people with a combined bill of almost £4,000.
Improving walking and cycling provision in Durham City
Published July 24, 2020 3.57pm
Temporary measures which will create more space for walking and cycling are to be introduced at six Durham City locations following the success of a funding bid.
Phased reopening of County Durham play parks continues
Published July 15, 2020 2.53pm
Dozens more play parks, skate parks and multi-use-games areas (MUGA) across County Durham are due to reopen within the next fortnight with new measures in place to promote social distancing.
Community Action Team engagement sessions go virtual
Published July 14, 2020 10.52am
Residents are being invited to a series of virtual engagement sessions to help identify and tackle housing and environmental issues in their community.
Free energy efficient heating systems offered to low income homes
Published July 13, 2020 2.24pm
Residents in County Durham are being urged to check whether they are eligible to receive a new gas boiler and central heating, which could lead to lower energy bills and a warmer home.
Popular cycle route to receive a makeover
Published July 07, 2020 10.05am
Improvements are to be made to a popular national cycle route thanks to a grant of almost one million pounds.
Still chance to grab a gardening prize
Published July 01, 2020 11.43am
There's still time for County Durham gardeners to win a £30 National Garden Voucher in our photography competition.
Planning application submitted to demolish former Easington Colliery School
Published June 30, 2020 10.53am
A building that has blighted a County Durham community for more than 20 years could soon be demolished - with an overwhelming majority of residents backing the plans.
Floral tribute to heroes of second world war
Published June 17, 2020 11.46am
The 75th anniversary year of Victory in Europe day is being celebrated in a new Durham City flower display.
Public consultation results in extension of dog control measures
Published June 10, 2020 9.16am
Measures to enforce responsible dog ownership in public spaces will be set in place for another three years, following overwhelming support during a public consultation.
Search begins for County Durham's most improved gardens
Published May 27, 2020 11.20am
Keen gardeners across County Durham are being invited to take part in a photography competition to share how outside spaces have helped them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Visitors to parks, beaches and open spaces reminded to follow guidance
Published May 13, 2020 2.16pm
Members of the public are being reminded to social distance and follow the latest government guidance when visiting County Durham's parks, beaches and open spaces.
Durham deemed the UK's greenest city
Published April 24, 2020 3.31pm
Durham has been hailed as the UK's greenest city as carbon emissions reduced by half and air quality continues to improve.
Council leads drive for greener highways by rolling out rubber roads
Published February 21, 2020 10.15am
A North East council is using rubber waste from worn tyres to create more durable and environmentally friendly road surfaces.
Thousands of trees to be planted to create greener urban areas
Published February 11, 2020 2.00pm
Thousands of trees will be planted across County Durham's towns and villages to create greener and healthier urban areas.