Durham County Council

Election 2017 Results

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PartyLiberal Democrat

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Gritting teams are ready for the cold

Winter's here and council road gritting teams across the region are on stand-by for the ice and snow.

Durham County Council says its 76-strong fleet of gritters and snowblowers is ready and waiting for the colder weather.

There are 42,000 tonnes of salt ready to tackle the ice and any snow, with more than 2,380 salt bins located in key positions around the county.

The council says that during normal winter conditions 1,700 kilometres of priority one roads, normally A or B roads, will be treated, covering 45% of the road network.

The authority adds that more minor routes will be treated in times of prolonged severe winter weather when resources are available.

Durham gritters
Durham County Council

Durham anti-social behavior to be discussed

Plans to stamp out anti-social behaviour in Durham City will be discussed at a major conference today.

It follows reports of increasing problems in the city, including drug taking, drinking and other anti-social behaviour, particularly in the North Road area.

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary are among the organisations attending the event at Durham Town Hall, which has been organised by the City of Durham Parish Council.

Council begins eyesore former pub demolition

Durham County Council has begun demolition of an eyeore building after its owners failed to comply with legal notices to carry out the work themselves.

The Drive 2 Data building, in Seaham - formerly the Noah’s Ark public house - had become derelict and old vehicles and rubble were being stored to its rear.

Its owners were issued with a notice in August 2018 requiring them to demolish it and remove all waste from the site.

When this did not happen, and a further notice was ignored, the council began demolition and the owner will be required to reimburse the cost.

Drive 2 Data building
Durham County Council

A council spokesman said: “The condition and appearance of the building has had a detrimental impact on the character of the area.

“We have tried to work with the owners previously and that offer will remain open if they approach us with a viable option for the future of the site.

"We hope this can mark the start of a new chapter for this area.”

Rear of the building
Durham County Council

Historic bridge closed for repairs

BBC Tees

A historic bridge in Teesdale has been closed to allow for urgent repair work.

Visitors to High and Low Force will need an alternative route to see the landmarks.

Durham County Council said following routine inspections engineers identified that Wynch Bridge needs urgent repairs.

The almost 200-year-old Grade II listed bridge was built for the Duke of Cleveland in 1820 as a replacement for what was said to be the earliest suspension bridge in Europe.

It will be closed for two months to allow for replacement of the timber deck and suspension joints, as well as cleaning and repainting of the iron works.

Wynch Bridge
Durham County Council

Shop that sold alcohol to children keeps licence

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Tanfield shop caught selling alcohol to children twice in two weeks has been allowed to keep its licence.

The Happy Shopper failed two test purchases organised by Durham County Council’s trading standards team last year, where a member of staff sold wine to a 16-year-old and 15-year-old .

The matter was brought to Durham County Hall for a licence review, backed by Durham Constabulary who raised concerns about alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour in the village.

Owner Mrs Jaswinder Kaur Mehat served alcohol during both tests, but her solicitor Matthew Foster said she that was “distracted” at the time over news that her father in India was seriously ill.

Following assurances that the business would improve its training regime and install CCTV, licensing bosses said they were happy for the shop to continue selling alcohol.

The Happy Shopper

Busty Bank in Burnopfield remains closed this morning

A road in Gateshead was closed yesterday after a lorry crashed into a bridge.

It happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

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