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My Important Pages

by Mark Wilkes on 6 October, 2014

Links to various pages on my website:

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Our Labour-run council is planning to build some private housing which it will then rent out. Great on the face of it. But it will not allow anyone on a low income to rent the properties. Rents will be as much as £200 a month over the local housing allowance rate. I asked if after […]

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Council reserves rocket to £208 million

by Mark Wilkes on 15 July, 2015

I attended the Cabinet meeting today to challenge the Council on its finances. Total reserves have increased by £48.5m more than was predicted last April.  and by £24m more than was forecast back when this years budget was determined in March. This has now reached the point of lunacy. I am really surprised that the […]

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County Hall to be demolished

by Mark Wilkes on 7 July, 2015

The Council is planning to tear down County Hall. And have a slimmed down version. They want it in the City Centre. Not sure this is sensible given the horrendous traffic and pollution issues, but open minded to hear what they propose. Here is the email from the Chief Exec:   Dear colleagues   Next […]

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Milburngate Bridge closures

by Mark Wilkes on 1 July, 2015

Below is the press release from the County Council about the closures planned for Milburngate Bridge. We did raise a variety of issues and suggestions with the Council about this asking that they do more to help reduce traffic in the City centre during the repair works and to look on this as a possible […]

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Residents are being warned to be on their guard against rogue traders after a string of reports of doorstep crime. Up to 10 incidents have been reported to our consumer protection team and police in the last few weeks. Most have featured householders being offered bogus property improvement services, such as roofing and garden work […]

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It is increasingly annoying to see utility and other companies leaving our area looking a mess. They make huge profits, and as the example here on Dryburn Road shows, they are ruining grassed areas. The Council does’t seem to bother taking action until we intervene. Here, BT is parking regularly on the grass and has […]

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Petition to save the Human Rights Act

by Mark Wilkes on 27 June, 2015

Since the election, we have seen how a right-wing Tory Government will run our country without the Liberal Democrats to reign them in. There is no better example of this than their plans to ditch the Human Rights Act (HRA).Next week the Lib Dems are leading debates in Westminster about the Human Rights Act. So far, more […]

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Six House Planning Application in Pity Me

by Mark Wilkes on 26 June, 2015

The piece of land which used to be a woodland at the entrance to Pity Me currently has planning permission for five houses. This was challenged by your Lib Dem councillors as over development but passed by the Labour majority planning committee. There were numerous faults with the way in which that planning application was […]

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Community Speedwatch in Pity Me and Newton Hall

by Mark Wilkes on 25 June, 2015

On Tuesday we carried out with volunteers and the police some community speedwatch sessions on Front Street in Pity Me and Canterbury Road in Newton Hall. The results showed a very low level of speeding with only one vehicle at each location travelling at over 35 miles an hour (one at 35 and one at […]

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Update – it’ back up and running again. Bizarrely the planning systems of every other council are working fine even though they use the same system, and  all other parts of the Durham County Council website are also working perfectly well. Here’s what you get: IDOX Public Access Page not found The requested URL […]

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