Salutation (Coop/Greggs)

Delighted to see that work to fully resurface the pavements and carpark at the Salutation (Coop/Greggs) is underway. I spoke with the owners a few weeks ago raising concerns about the carpark and pavement surfaces and the gravel being flicked up too.

All credit to the site owners for listening and doing a full scale job which is also going to make the whole area look better which is especially great given the work ongoing t regenerate Front Street.

Framwellgate Moor Front Street Regeneration scheme starting soon

Great news. After a decade of Labour doing nothing to improve Framwellgate Moor Front Street, we can confirm that work is due to start at the end of the month/start of March.

Renewal of all the pavements and streetscene in front of the shops will be done.

Traffic calming will help slow down traffic to the 20mph needed and formal adoption of the 20mph zone will take place.

The road surface is also set to be replaced (not resurfaced for over 30 years) as well as all the collapsed drainage being fixed, and the parking bays which are so uneven and a trip hazard are also being resurfaced.

Raised platforms at either end of the Front Street will slow traffic down and make it easier to cross the road.

And the bollards so many people want opposite Sainsburys will be installed to stop pavement parking blocking the pavement with safer crossing points along the street.

We’ve worked hard to get to this point over the last year and I’m delighted as your Lib Dem councillors that we are able to improve thevillage for everyone.

The work is being phased over several months to avoid parking areas being blocked off and to reduce disruption to residents living on Front Street.

There will also be a further consultation on reducing the parking time allowed in front of the stretch of parking in front of Sainsburys to help increase spaces for quick shopping and cut the number of people parking for many hours when there are alternatives.

Wagonway upgrade continues as planned

Delighted to report that the work to upgrade the old wagonway path from Pity Me (Front St) to Newton Hall (Old Pit end) is well underway. The new path will be 3m wide, so finally we will have a path which isn’t waterlogged and muddy. It has taken a while to get this work done after we secured the improvements on the other side of the road from the substation to New College.

Work should be completed by the end of the month.

Brasside Lights Work nearly complete

Works to install the permanent traffic lights in Brasside are nearly complete. We just got an update and barring any last minute issues work will take place as follows. Great that we have managed to make it safe for pedestrians getting into and out of the village and it also helps slow down traffic.

Monday 20th February – Road marking changes.

Tuesday 21st to Monday 27th February – Signals installation/Commissioning.           

Monday 27th February – Site Switch on.                                                   

Weir work underway

Over the last year or so I’ve been working to get the main weir in Durham cleared of material. This year we included for the first time funding for regular work in the Council’s budget.

Under Labour no funding was provided each year and the weir was left to deteriorate to such an extent that it is now going to cost over £1m to repair it. Shame on Labour for neglecting the weir. The weir allows electricity to be generated via a hydro plant bringing £100,000 a year of income to the council which makes Labour’s failure to maintain the weir for decades all the more stupid.

Thankfully now that we are running the council many of the things Labour failed to do in Durham are being dealt with. More on this to come.

Final Chance to Comment on DLI PRE-PLANNING consultation

Please submit your support for the DLI Museum and Art Gallery project today! The plans are to double the footprint of the current building, providing even more exhibition space than before along with a cafe and restaurant and a second floor art galley. This is the pre-planning consultation – we want your views.

Don’t forget, Labour closed the museum and left it to crumble, we are bringing it back to life, providing a fitting tribute to the Durham Light Infantry as well as making sure Durham has a World Class Arts Facility.

You can complete the consultation at

Lib Dems celebrate as Council HQ sold for a profit – deal goes through

I’m delighted to report that Labour’s Palace on The Sands has been sold to the University. The legal documents were signed off yesterday and the council has not only recovered all the cost of the building but made a significant profit which will be invested into services.

Labour should never had spent £50million of taxpayers money on the unnecessary building. The joint administration your Lib Dem councillors are part of have sold the building to the university, protecting hundreds of jobs and helping to creat hundreds more.

Leadership of Children’s Services Declared Outstanding! All of Children’s services upgraded to Good by Ofsted

I’m delighted to report that our children’s services department has seen amazing improvements over the last year or so. The whole service is now rated Good, whilst the Leadership which includes officers, the leader of the council, portfolio holder, chief exec and scrutiny is now Outstanding! Well done to Mamie and Amanda who are part of this leadership!

Last report 2019
The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families
Requires improvement
The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection
Requires improvement
The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers
Overall effectiveness
Requires improvement

New report 2022 under the Joint Administration your Lib Dem team are part of:

The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families
The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection
The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers
Overall effectiveness