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County Durham flytipper fined after being caught on CCTV
Published May 17, 2021 11.13am
A man who crammed a full wheelie bin and other waste into the back of a family car has been ordered to pay more than £350 for flytipping.
County Durham flytipper captured on camera
Published May 13, 2021 10.03am
A mechanic who was captured on CCTV dumping a bin bag full of rubbish in a County Durham woodland has been ordered to pay almost £1,800.
Hardwick Park provides inspiration for bell-ringers
Published April 30, 2021 11.36am
A popular County Durham park has provided the inspiration for a group of bell-ringers after their regular meetings were halted by coronavirus lockdown.
Two fined more than £3,000 for flytipping offences
Published April 26, 2021 12.08pm
Two men have been ordered to pay legal costs totalling more than £3,000 after admitting to flytipping building waste in two separate cases in County Durham.
Protecting the environment whilst enjoying its benefits
Published April 09, 2021 10.26am
Visitors to County Durham's coastline are being encouraged to help protect the local environment as restrictions continue to ease.
Iconic County Durham landmark suffers thousands of pounds of damage in suspected arson attack
Published March 26, 2021 11.55am
An iconic County Durham landmark has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after a suspected arson attack.
Sales of wet wood and coal phased out for domestic fires
Published March 26, 2021 10.12am
County Durham's traders and residents are being advised of changes in legislation which will affect the sales of domestic wood, coal and other solid fuels.
Council continues fight against fly-tipping as incidents fall
Published March 19, 2021 2.45pm
We have pledged to go further in the fight against fly-tipping as the number of incidents across County Durham falls for the fourth year running.
Woodland in County Durham to be increased in plan to tackle climate change
Published March 17, 2021 1.13pm
A North East council's Cabinet has heard today about the range of measures underway to expand County Durham's tree cover and contribute to tackling climate change.
Council reduces carbon emissions by 16 per cent in one year
Published March 11, 2021 1.32pm
A council's Cabinet will hear about the extensive work carried out in County Durham in the last year to combat climate change.
School creates hundreds of trees in world record attempt
Published March 11, 2021 1.08pm
A County Durham school has been taking part in a world record challenge to show the importance of connectivity between countries and raise awareness of climate change.
Prestigious Environment Awards go virtual
Published February 22, 2021 12.45pm
Organisers of an annual awards ceremony had to think on their feet to be able to celebrate environmental guardianship and community spirit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Council sets out further commitments towards the environment
Published February 03, 2021 11.07am
A North East council's commitment to tackling climate change will be strengthened by its senior Cabinet members this month with a pledge to address all its environmental impacts alongside its low carbon activities.
Community Action Team to carry out work in Shildon
Published January 20, 2021 11.01am
Housing and environmental issues will be tackled in a County Durham town as part of a three-month community action initiative.
Money generated from sale of vehicles used in flytipping incidents to help improve local communities
Published January 18, 2021 10.15am
Areas blighted by flytipping could receive hundreds of pounds in funding towards environmental projects thanks to a new scheme.
Opportunity for people to plant trees in their area
Published December 02, 2020 11.48am
People hoping to make a difference to green spaces can plant trees in their area with the help of a new funding grant.
Council praised for its climate action plan
Published December 01, 2020 11.49am
A North East council has been praised for having one of the top climate change action plans in the country.
Council makes energy efficiency switch to reduce carbon footprint
Published October 26, 2020 1.13pm
A North East council has been rolling out energy efficient measures across buildings in its area as part of a commitment to improving the environment.
Helping households make savings on their energy bills
Published August 28, 2020 11.29am
County Durham residents struggling with high energy bills can use a council service to assess where savings can be made.
Takeaway receives support to reduce carbon footprint
Published August 25, 2020 12.07pm
A County Durham food business has worked to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of a scheme to make businesses more energy efficient.