The Council’s housing solutions service provides advice to anyone facing housing problems including:
Anyone who is homeless or sleeping rough
Those who are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent,
Anyone living in unsuitable accommodation
Anyone at risk of abuse or harm
Anyone struggling to keep warm or to pay their bills.
If you or anyone you know is facing any of these issues, contact 03000 268 000. The Council offices are closed from today until 2nd January, however there is an out of hours number for those who cannot wait to get help by calling 01388 722 538.
Members of the public can report anyone who is sleeping rough to the national organisation StreetLink on 0300 500 0914 or at www.streetlink.org.uk
They will try to find the person and offer them help.
We have secured a really good deal on 200 decent sized trees and are seeking views from residents on the areas you want them. We already have various locations suggested either by us or residents, so please let us know. Current suggestions are:
Durham Moor Crescent to replace lost cherries.
The green area outside the police houses in Pity Me on the Front St
The bullring at Newton Drive
The playing field on Canterbury Road near Peterborough and the meadow area between Cotherstone and Featherstone Roads.
We have various Cherries, Oaks and fruit trees and a number roof other varieties too.
After a real battle with the council I am pleased to be able to report that the missing footpath on Porterhouse Terrace in Pity Me has now been installed.
The short stretch of missing path which I have repeatedly asked the council to intervene and fix for two years was finally done after I raised the issue to the most senior officers in the Council and logged a complaint.
As I see it if you push and push, eventually, if you are right on something you will get it fixed.
We have secured repairs and replacements for a number of bus shelters around the area.
Many shelters are being cleaned, and damaged perspex and glass is being replaced.
This includes the one at the entrance to Brasside on Finchale Avenue and the one near new college where we have also secured work to improve the crossing point for new college.
The one outside Vets for Pets and those near Beech Close and Priory Road on Finchale Road in Framwellgate Moor are also getting new glass installed.
The old brick shelter opposite the Newton Grange pub is also being replaced with a new clean one which should also deter people taking toilet breaks in it!
The new lighting we have secured for the underpass at the Arnison Centre has now been installed and what a difference! And its led energy saving so has cut the costs of the Council.
Another thank you: for electing all seven Lib Dem candidates to the parish council. Whilst this means we will have overall control of the council we aim to work for the benefit of everyone as closely as possible with the three independent and one Labour councillor also elected.
Needless to say I have raised this as a complaint. The road is in a right state and needs urgent patching work as a minimum. Update: Pity for the Council that its right outside the polling station!
Next Thursday we are standing for re-election as your Lib Dem County Councillors. Please vote for Mark Wilkes, Mamie Simmons and Amanda Hopgood on Thursday 4th May.
We are getting a great response on the doorstep, with many residents also contacting us by email to confirm they are supporting us.
We also hope to get elected to the Parish Council along with our Lib Dem colleagues Nigel Martin, Grenville Holland, Colin Hillary and Clive Beddoes.
Last years leaves along with this years weeds have now been completely cleared from Pity Me Front street after we intervened. Residents were sent letters asking them to move cars away from the pavement edge. The Council’s clean and green team have done a really good job of a difficult area which is always blocked by parked cars.
If there are any other areas where there are still rotting leaves on pavements or other similar issues please let us know so we can get them cleaned up quickly.
We have intervened over the replacement of the bus shelter at the Arnison Centre.
When it was taken out to carry out renovation works it was found to have rotted at the base of the posts.
We contacted the Council and a new, better shelter is being procured on behalf of the site owners and will be delivered in a month or so. I did ask if a temporary shelter could be provided but it looks like this is unlikely.