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County Durham finalises City of Culture 2025 bid

County Durham finalises City of Culture 2025 bid

Being named UK City of Culture 2025 will attract millions of visitors to County Durham and the north east, create thousands of jobs, and significantly support the region’s levelling up. Today, Durham County Council has outlined its plans for the Durham 2025 campaign,...

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

Visitors to Cafe Together in Easington will continue to receive a warm welcome, friendship and support thanks to a £7,000 grant from believe housing. For more than seven years, the team of dedicated volunteers at Cafe Together have been providing low-cost, freshly...

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Communities and venues across County Durham are preparing to ring in the Year of the Tiger with a host of traditional events and activities. Durham City will be celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday, 5 February with activities, performances and entertainment from...

More than £20m invested to improve County Durham’s roads

More than £20m invested to improve County Durham’s roads

More than £30million pounds was invested in road improvement schemes across County Durham during the last financial year. As part of its commitment to keeping County Durham moving, Durham County Council has continued to increase its contribution to planned road...

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Changes to a County Durham archive will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the service, as it prepares to move to a vibrant new local history centre. From January 2022, Durham County Record Office’s search room will temporarily close to visitors to allow...

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

A North East council has won a national award for its work on a pilot project which helps buyers custom build their own homes. Durham County Council has been working with Custom Build Homes to develop nine serviced plots at the new Trinity Mews development on the...

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

With pantomime season in full swing, two County Durham theatre venues are providing accessible performances of their Christmas shows, so that all audiences can share in the festive fun. Since late-November, Gala Durham and Consett’s Empire Theatre have been hosting...

Bishop Auckland Food Festival to return next year

Bishop Auckland Food Festival to return next year

Traders are being invited to apply for a stand at one of the region’s most popular food festivals ahead of its return next spring. Durham County Council has confirmed Bishop Auckland Food Festival will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April next year. This...

Council renews commitment to Armed Forces community

Council renews commitment to Armed Forces community

The north east’s largest council has again pledged its support to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Durham County Council first signed a localised Armed Forces Community Covenant in May 2012, promising to...

Scheme to enhance and regenerate Seaham to begin in the new year

Scheme to enhance and regenerate Seaham to begin in the new year

A scheme to deliver public space improvements in a County Durham seaside town will begin early in the new year. The final phase of the £1.6million Seaham Townscape Heritage Project, which is supported by funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is due to...

Selective licensing scheme set to improve housing in County Durham

Selective licensing scheme set to improve housing in County Durham

A scheme which aims to drive up standards across County Durham’s private rented housing sector has been approved by the government. Durham County Council has been successful in applying for a large-scale selective licensing scheme, requiring all private landlords to...

Awards success for New Elvet Bridge works

Awards success for New Elvet Bridge works

A scheme allowing essential repairs to be made to a County Durham bridge has been recognised for its innovation by an awarding body. New Elvet Bridge in Durham City reopened earlier this year following critical works to make the bridge structurally sound. The works...

Horden charity secures National Lottery funding boost

Horden charity secures National Lottery funding boost

Durham Deafened Support (DDS) has been given an early Christmas present with a further funding boost. The Horden-based charity has received a further award from the National Lottery Community Fund to enable to to continue the valuable support that it provides to those...

Kind-hearted council staff to help children in hospital this Christmas

Kind-hearted council staff to help children in hospital this Christmas

Kind-hearted council staff are helping children in the region’s hospitals this Christmas through a charity appeal. Members of Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks team have got behind the charity Children’s Hospital Pyjamas, which collects donations of new items of...

Organisations join forces to tackle climate change

Organisations join forces to tackle climate change

Television presenter, podcaster and author Tom Heap was the keynote speaker at an event aimed at strengthening County Durham’s response to climate change. The BBC Countryfile host, who has a podcast and book called 39 Ways to Save the Planet, joined representatives...

Taking action against gender-based violence

Taking action against gender-based violence

County Durham residents are being urged to stand together against domestic violence ahead of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Durham County Council, Durham University and Durham Students’ Union are supporting the...

Bellway opens two new show homes at Wellfield Rise development

Bellway opens two new show homes at Wellfield Rise development

Bellway Durham has welcomed visitors to Wellfield Rise for the launch of its two new showhomes. The Scrivener and Sawyer showhomes were unveiled to the public on Saturday 23 October, providing buyers with the first opportunity to visit the Wingate development. Bellway...

Have your say on future mental health services in County Durham

Have your say on future mental health services in County Durham

One in four adults reported feeling lonely during the COVID-19 restrictions, signalling a review of community needs. An NHS and leading charity partnership is appealing for individuals and organisations to share their views on future befriending and peer support...

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Almost 200 high-quality, affordable homes are set to be delivered across County Durham. Durham County Council has teamed up with housing providers to meet demand, with the building of properties all over the local authority area now close to completion. The council...

Dalton Park unveils new interactive wishing well to support GNAAS

Dalton Park unveils new interactive wishing well to support GNAAS

The North East’s largest outlet centre Dalton Park has officially unveiled a new interactive wishing well, a modern way to raise funds for the shopping destination’s chosen charity. Long-time Dalton Park visitors may remember a wishing well from a few years back where...

Plans for £8m affordable housing development in Peterlee unveiled

Plans for £8m affordable housing development in Peterlee unveiled

Plans for a new £8 million affordable housing development in a County Durham town have been submitted for approval. The move will see proposals for 59 new two, three and four bedroomed homes and bungalows in Peterlee considered by Durham County Council planning...

Plans for 440 high quality homes in Durham recommended for approval

Plans for 440 high quality homes in Durham recommended for approval

Plans for a new high-quality residential development to the east of Durham City have been recommended for approval by Durham County Council’s expert planning officers. County Durham-headquartered Banks Property originally submitted an outline planning application for...

Shopping centre raises over £3,000 for cancer charity

Shopping centre raises over £3,000 for cancer charity

Prince Bishops Place’s ever popular umbrella street has been a huge success this year, raising over £3,000 for Team Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust. Customers were encouraged to purchase a wooden tag supplied by retailer, Elvet and Bailey, for a £5 minimum...

Durham moves a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025

Durham moves a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025

News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid. Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced its longlist of eight locations that...

Tackling anti-social behaviour at the heart of new Horden partnership

Tackling anti-social behaviour at the heart of new Horden partnership

Tackling neighbourhood nuisances and improving quality of life in a County Durham village are at the heart of a new partnership. Horden Together will see a range of organisations working closely with residents to address the issues and concerns that matter most to...

Peterlee pub cutting food and drink prices for one-day special

Peterlee pub cutting food and drink prices for one-day special

A Peterlee pub is to cut the price of all food and drink by 7.5 per cent on Thursday, September 23 – to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry. Prices at The Five Quarter in Hailsham Place will be reduced for one day only to...

Thousands attend this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Thousands attend this year’s Seaham Food Festival

County Durham’s foodies made the most of the sunshine and showers to enjoy this year’s Seaham Food Festival. Thousands of people visited the Durham County Council festival over the weekend to support independent traders, boost business recovery and enjoy two days of...

Housing association extends support to victims of domestic abuse

Housing association extends support to victims of domestic abuse

One of the region’s leading home providers has reconfirmed its support to anyone who has experienced domestic abuse. County Durham-based believe housing has become one of the first Accredited Members of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance. The new membership scheme is...

Peterlee firm LEC announces partnership with junior football team

Peterlee firm LEC announces partnership with junior football team

Communications and design consultancy LEC has been confirmed as the new kit sponsor of the Norton and Stockton Ancients Girls’ Under 10s football team. The firm, which was founded by managing director Leanne Fawcett in 2012, has agreed an annual package which has...

New play park to open at Dalton Park later this summer

New play park to open at Dalton Park later this summer

A brand new play park is due to open at the North East's largest outlet centre late this summer. Dalton Park has removed its previous well-used play park, and will soon replace it with a brand new suite of exciting and interactive equipment. The new park will include...