MARK WILKES

Lib Dem Durham County Councillor for Framwellgate & Newton Hall Division - Working all year round for local residents - Learn more

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My Important Pages

by Mark Wilkes on October 6, 2014

Links to various pages on my website:

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Labour’s County Plan in tatters – greenbelt saved

by Mark Wilkes on February 18, 2015

Last autumn, the draft County Durham Plan (CDP) had its examination-in-public. There were a huge number of objections over development in the green belt and challenges on so many other issues. Today the government inspector, Harold Stephens, delivered his DURHAM-COUNTY-COUNCIL-INSPECTORS-INTERIM-VIEWS-Stage-1-County-Durham-Plan-Examination-published-18.2.2015 The report essentially rips the plan to shreds. Mr Stephens says that he does not accept the […]

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Today, following about 20 hours of work investigating the councils new policy on 20mph limits around schools, I had to challenge the Labour-run Cabinet on the policy, in the interests not just of young people in the area I represent, but for all children across County Durham. Only 33 schools were to be included in […]

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Coop Bank Stress Failure

by Mark Wilkes on December 16, 2014

The Coop Bank has failed the Bank of England Stress test. Now that doesn’t mean we all need to run for cover, as residential customers are protected to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds in the event of a problem and it is highly unlikely that there will be a problem for the […]

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A resident contacted me this week to say that there was a fridge in the River Wear at Clements Wharf. They had contacted the Council who had then referred it to the Environment Agency, who said that they would not attend to it unless it was causing flooding. As the resident said “So much for […]

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Next week Durham County Council’s cabinet will discuss introducing 20 mph zones outside 33 schools in the County. We have over 200 schools in County Durham, and what they are proposing is woefully inadequate. We have been calling for 20mph zones on residential streets and outside schools for years, and I am quite frankly disgusted […]

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Don’t leave your car warming up in the morning

by Mark Wilkes on December 3, 2014

A lot of people pop out and start up the car to warm it up in the winter to clear the windows. In Stockton some vehicles have been stolen, so don’t leave your car warming up.

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At full council today it was confirmed that our campaign to make sure that staff get paid a decent wage has been rubber stamped. 2500 staff in schools and working for the council will get paid a minimum of £7.43 an hour.  For some staff this is a significant pay rise. As Lib Dem councillors […]

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Dog Fouling hits a brickwall – time to call up reserves

by Mark Wilkes on November 28, 2014

  For months, we have been trying to crackdown on dog fouling in the area. However, one particular canine reprobate has been running rings around the council. It might not seem such a big issue to some, but if a child happens to come into contact with dog mess, it can have serious health implications. […]

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Every now and then I go and check out the jobs advertised at the Council, which also advertises school jobs in the County. Right now there appear to be 68 positions. Finding the link is not so easy so I have asked for us to promote it better on the website – in the meantime […]

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You can park for free after 3pm in Durham City in December on-street and in Durham Council car parks. This is to help promote businesses in the City centre – this comes after your Lib Dem councillors pushed in previous years for action to promote our city centre businesses. This will include other council owned […]

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