NEW WEBSITE LAYOUT

by Mark Wilkes on September 29, 2014

There is a whole new website layout for this site and I am still trying to get my head around it. So in the meantime, if you stroll down the main front page you can see previous updates. To read the rest of a story click on its title. Hopefully I can make it a […]

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Framwellgate Moor Post Office – Consultation on Move

by Mark Wilkes on September 26, 2014

A proposal is being consulted on to move Framwellgate Moor Post Office into the Nisa at the other end of Front Street. This is from the Post Office nationally and is not from the Council. However as your local councillors we are keen to make sure that the views of residents are listened to. Also […]

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CRACKING DOWN ON IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS

by Mark Wilkes on September 24, 2014

Your local councillors have started a campaign to crack down on dog fouling . We have started the campaign in the Pity Me area with wardens out patrolling, but it is local residents who can help us the most. The Carrs Nature Reserve, the path from Pity Me to New college and various estate roads […]

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NEW winter opening times for County Durham’s household waste recycling centres will come into effect next week. Revised opening hours for sites operated by Durham County Council will begin on October 1st and stay in force until the end of March. The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Potterhouse Lane in Pity Me will be open seven […]

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Protecting the environment in our area – Your views

by Mark Wilkes on September 22, 2014

Over the last few years as your local Lib Dem councillors we have done a great deal to help protect the environment and help promote a sustainable future. This has included: Funding for solar panels on the Parish pavilion. Planting of trees and plants in various areas, and most recently a wildflower meadow between Framwellgate […]

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Dryburn Road Works Start

by Mark Wilkes on September 20, 2014

The repair works to Dryburn Road which we pushed for have started. The whole stretch is to be resurfaced, and there will be some traffic problems for the next few weeks whilst the work is done, but after it’s finished the patchwork quilt of filled in potholes will be gone. Funding for this has come […]

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Restricted parking in front of the Beech Road shops has now been implemented. We wanted to make sure that visitors to the shops had somewhere to park. Mamie, Amanda and I have used local funding to make these changes. By having three hour parking, it reduces the risk of people parking here and going off […]

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COUNCIL SICKNESS ABSENCE AND LACK OF APPRAISALS SHOCKING

by Mark Wilkes on September 19, 2014

As well as the reserves issue, we again thrashed out concerns about sickness absence levels today. Sickness absence is running at nearly 12 days a year per employee (that’s on average). Over the last twelve months the council has lost over 93,000 employee work days to sickness. What is just as striking is that more […]

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At Corporate Issues committee today I challenged officers on reserves. (The Council have 50 pots of money). Some allocated to nothing, others apparently allocated for future needs). We were told that the Council is/wants to use £75m of reserves between 2011-2017. So for example if reserves were £100m you would expect to have £25m left wouldn’t […]

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County Plan update

by Mark Wilkes on September 17, 2014

Full Council 17th September 2014 Today, a report goes to full council to approve the addition of 86 comments into the County Plan submission which were “overlooked” previously. As most people know, most public comments have been ignored throughout this process, but the report makes for interesting reading as it is clear that if you […]

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