Labour refuse to debate Teaching Assistants

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 24 March, 2017

Liberal Democrats are furious that a legitimate motion to council, calling for Durham’s Teaching Assistants not to be sacked, was removed from the council meeting agenda this week by council bosses. Lib Dem Councillor Owen Temple submitted the motion, calling for the sacking of Teaching Assistants to be stopped rather than just suspended. Liberal Democrats […]

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Lower Claypath road closure this weekend

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 23 March, 2017

This weekend lower Claypath will be closed to allow demolition of the remaining Kwik Fit site. We were opposed to the plans for the student accommodation on this site but unfortunately Labour councillors backed the plans. The end result will, we are sure, be a disappointment. However we want work the building to be built […]

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Durham City votes for a parish council

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 22 March, 2017

We are very pleased that 66% of residents who took part in the public consultation said they supported the proposal for a local council for the city centre and Nevilles Cross. 2,819 ballot papers were returned, of which, 1,856 were in favour of a new council. Durham County Council will discuss whether to give the […]

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Great response in Douglas Villas

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 14 March, 2017

We had a great response from residents in Douglas Villas last week, and we would like to thank residents. It’s clear that residents appreciate the regular Focus newsletters keeping them informed. We are already taking action on several of the issues raised. To those residents who asked for window posters, sorry, they’re not ready yet, […]

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“The Clink” locked away?

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 13 March, 2017

The Northern Echo/Durham Times are reporting that Universal Student Living have said that they will revert to Kepier Court as the name for the new development, rather than “The Clink”. If true it is a shame that they could not have got back to local residents who complained about it. Perhaps our pressure had some effect, or more likely USL […]

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Campaigning in The Sands

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 8 March, 2017

Councillors David Freeman and Richard Ormerod have now knocked on every door in The Sands area and are bowled over by the magnificent reception local residents have given them. It is most kind. It is clear that residents appreciate the all-year-round service that Lib Dem councillors give, and that people are pleased to be kept informed […]

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Fire & Ice in city this weekend

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 25 February, 2017

In Durham TODAY: fire breathing, ice sculpture trails, street entertainment and a spectacular grand finale. Part funded by local Liberal Democrat Cuncillors Richard Ormerod & David Freeman. For more details go to  

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Great news on Boatyard improvements

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 5 February, 2017

Your councillors have just received confirmation of a further scheme for substantial improvements around the Boathouse, off Elvet Bridge. Using our Neighbourhood Budget we have secured £35,000. As a result we have been able to get matched funding from the council of £350,000 for the scheme, which will start later in the year.

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Lib Dems support a town council for Durham

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 4 February, 2017

Durham County Council is about to consult again on whether Durham City centre should have its own town council. All those on the electoral register will receive a ballot. This is the second time we have tried to get a town council and we hope this time there is a wide enough response to ensure […]

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Future of Dunelm House

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 2 February, 2017

In many ways it will be a loss to Durham City if Dunelm House is demolished in a few years as Durham University has announced. Brutalist architecture has few supporters but Dunelm House is unique particularly when taken in partnership with Kingsgate Bridge and adds considerably to the visual interest of Durham City. The student […]

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