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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.

Our current project

We are now in Easington Colliery. 

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 asked local residents and business owners which issues they would like to see us tackle and they have identified the following:

  • rubbish that has been dumped in gardens, on streets and on waste ground being removed
  • anti-social behaviour
  • dealing with empty properties
  • improving housing standards and management of privately rented properties
  • pests and infestations

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 seven weeks of action.

Where we'll be 

We will be concentrating on the following streets: Alisha Vale; Allan Street; Angus Street; Anthony Street; Argent Street; Ascot Street; Ashton Street; Avon Street; Baldwin Street; Barwick Street; Boston Street; Bourne Street; Bradley Street; Browning Street; Byron Street; Camp Street; Campbell Street; Cardiff Street; Castle Street; Cavell Square; Chandler Court; Charles Street; Corbett Street; Cornwall Street; Court Street; Crawlaw Bungalows; Cross Street; Easington Street; Gardner Court; Hawthorn Street; Hunter Place; James Street; John Street; Leech Court; Londonderry Bungalows; Londonderry Terrace; Noble Street; Office Street; Oswald Terrace; Rubi Way; Rutherford View; School Street; Seaside Lane; Station Road; Stewart Street; Thomas Street; Thorpe Street; Vane Street; Vincent Street.

Get an update on what we're doing

During the project we will hold two mid-action resident surgeries that residents are welcome to attend where we will update residents on work being carried out in the area. Covid-safe measures will be in place at the event:

  • Friday 22 April 2022 at Easington Colliery Welfare Hall between 12noon and 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 April 2022 at the Band Room, Ascot Street, Easington Colliery, SR8 3RU between 4.00pm and 6.00pm

What's happened so far

We have already served 27 legal notices with others still ongoing. 

We've also met with partners in the area to discuss what can be done about pigeons and are seeking legal advice for the next steps.  A letter drop has been arranged for residents and businesses on Vincent Street, School Street and Seaside Lane South requesting they don't feed the birds and move their cars for street cleaning. All residents in our focus area will receive an 'action letter' in the next two weeks about our priorities and how to report Anti-Social behaviour. Groundwork are currently planning community litter-picking and bin marking activities for after the Easter holidays.

Previous projects

Our last programme of works in 2021 was in Dean Bank, Ferryhill. Before that we headed to South Moor and Shildon. In 2020 we visited  Horden, Ferryhill Station and Blackhall Colliery.

Each location is evaluated against a set of criteria to prioritise areas with the greatest need within County Durham and identify areas suitable for the scheme. This is calculated using data on empty homes, health deprivation, the percentage of tenants of privately rented accommodation in receipt of Housing Benefit, anti-social behaviour and crime.

Find information on Community Action Scheme - previous projects. In each area, priorities for improvement were identified and we worked with local residents in resolving these issues.

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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