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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.
Team effort transforms Langley Park
Published February 18, 2020 9.58am
We united with our partners and residents to smarten up a County Durham village.
Counting the cost of failing to assist with fly-tipping enquiries
Published February 17, 2020 11.38am
Failing to cooperate with fly-tipping investigations has cost five people a total of £2,600.
Licensing scheme to improve standard of rental properties
Published February 14, 2020 12.55pm
Proposals to raise the standards of privately rented properties in County Durham are being put forward in a scheme to create better housing for residents.
Iconic artwork receives overhaul
Published February 12, 2020 10.47am
A Durham City sculpture has been returned to its former glory with a full refurbishment.
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.
Still time to sign-up for 2020 garden waste collections
Published February 06, 2020 10.16am
County Durham residents are being reminded to sign up soon to ensure they receive all available garden waste collections.
Ambitious plans to tackle climate change unveiled
Published February 05, 2020 1.29pm
Ambitious plans to invest up to £50 million in tackling climate change through more than 100 projects in County Durham will be discussed by councillors next week.
Primary school pupils pledge to eradicate single use plastic
Published February 05, 2020 11.20am
A primary school has demonstrated its commitment to tackling plastic pollution.
Multi-million-pound investment in council services
Published February 04, 2020 3.11pm
Wide-ranging plans to invest more than £145 million in frontline services and major development projects in County Durham will be considered by our Cabinet when it meets next week.
Switched on and saving through solar energy
Published January 31, 2020 2.42pm
A new solar farm in County Durham is set to save money and reduce emissions.
Teams unite to improve Ferryhill Station
Published January 31, 2020 2.16pm
A range of organisations have joined forces to improve Ferryhill Station, tackling the housing and environmental problems which residents say most affect them.
Man in doghouse for failing to get pet microchipped
Published January 17, 2020 3.38pm
Failing to get his dog microchipped has left a County Durham man with a criminal conviction and financially worse off.
National award for a County Durham cemetery
Published January 16, 2020 9.25am
A County Durham cemetery that offers a beautiful place of rest has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.
County Durham energy saving work shown off to Swedes
Published January 13, 2020 1.23pm
A Scandinavian delegation has visited County Durham to learn about pioneering energy efficiency techniques.
Inspiring primary school pupil sets environmental example
Published January 10, 2020 10.15am
A County Durham schoolgirl has told a council chairman about her mission to rid her local area of rubbish.
Review welcomes proposed allotment policy
Published January 08, 2020 12.49pm
A countywide approach to the management of allotments has moved a step closer following completion of a review.
A County Durham theatre has a green wish granted
Published January 07, 2020 11.32am
A County Durham theatre is setting the stage and leading the way by switching to power-saving lighting.
Historic Teesdale bridge re-opens
Published December 24, 2019 10.49am
A bridge which provides access to Low and High Force waterfalls has re-opened following maintenance works.
Coastal path rerouted after cracks lead to closure
Published December 02, 2019 4.51pm
Walkers are being advised of the rerouting of a popular coastal path in County Durham.