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Community Action Scheme


The Community Action Scheme brings together residents and a range of organisations to tackle housing and environmental issues in a specific area by identifying local priorities and making best use of resources.

Who takes part in the scheme

The Community Action Scheme is led by our Community Action Team (CAT), which includes members of our Community Protection Service, planning, Neighbourhood wardens and housing teams, who work alongside police and community support officers and fire and rescue teams. As well as delivering some level of enforcement, we have a key role in promoting health and healthier lifestyles.

While our members stay involved throughout the programme, other partners may join in the delivery of certain programmes in line with identified problems or issues.

Why this work is happening

We work across the county and provide resources to target particular areas and problems. We use enforcement powers to encourage owners, occupiers and landlords to take responsibility for their neighbourhood and their properties.

How it works

We normally deliver an 11 week rolling programme, moving around the county and focusing on a certain community each time. This breaks down into:

  • two weeks of identifying issues and planning priorities
  • seven weeks of action
  • two weeks of review

When moved on to another area, any new issues are then dealt with by the existing services in the area. This unique project model, working alongside the community to improve local conditions, means that the impact of the Community Action Scheme continues beyond the project period, with residents experiencing longer-term benefits.

What happens

We will ask residents, businesses and members of the local community for input in areas and problems they would like us to tackle.

Information from those involved with the community informs the main priorities chosen by residents during a residents' engagement event at the start of the CAT programme. We then focus on these during our weeks of action.

Our next project

We are heading to Annfield Plain between 4 March and 19 May. We'll carry out work in the following streets: Castle Court; Clavering Place; Derwent Drive; Durham Road; Elizabeth Street; Front Street; Granvile Avenue; Hartside Cottages; Hutton Court; James Street; Langley Terrace; Leeholme Court; Mary Street; Mitchell Street; Neale Street; New Front Street; Northgate; Pontop Court; Railway Gardens; Railway Street; South View (side); South View Gardens; Spring Close; Staindrop Terrace; Station Road; Teesdale Court; Thomas Street; Tynedale Terrace; Weardale Terrace; Welsh Terrace; West Road; William Street.

Come and talk to us

The team has planned resident engagement events at Annfield Plain Community Centre. Come and talk to the team, let them know your views and help decide priorities for the project:

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024, 11.00am to 4.00pm (linking in with the Bread and Butter Thing and the Foodbank)
  • Thursday 7 March 2024, 1.00pm to 4.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm (linking in with the Foodbank and Slimming Group)
  • Friday 8 March 2024, noon to 2.00pm (linking in with the Bingo)

Let us know what issues you'd like us to tackle 

If you live or work in the area, we would love to hear from you. We want to hear your views on the problems in Annfield Plain. You can fill in the survey until Wednesday 13 March.

Previous projects

We've just completed work in Cockton Hill, Bishop Auckland and prior to that were in Deneside.

Find information on Community Action Scheme - previous projects

Future projects

We will be in the following places on the following dates:

  • West Ward, Newton Aycliffe, 24 June to 8 September
  • Deaf Hill, 30 September to 15 December.
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Contact us
Community Action
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Community Protection
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ