Pelaw Woods landslip update

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 30 November, 2016

Following thorough analysis of the second landslip, a design to stabilise the ground has been completed. Additional soil nailing works were also required to stabilise the steepest parts of the bankside. A mesh will be installed at the surface and vegetation allowed to grow through. Work continues to stabilise the slope using stone and ‘geoweb’ […]

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Footpath, A691 to rail station

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 29 November, 2016

Your councilors have  been informed that improvements to the footpath link to the rail station on the east side of the A691 are now in the council’s programme for next year. This should encourage greater usage of the parking bays in the service road adjacent the Garden House.

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Milburngate House site approved by Council despite questions

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 8 November, 2016

Last week the council approved the redevelopment of the Milburngate House site for a mixed use development comprising leisure use, a cinema, office accommodation and 440 flats. Our view is that Millburngate House does have to be redeveloped but there are aspects of the plans which we were not happy about. The height of the […]

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New benches for Gilesgate Bank

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 2 November, 2016

The top of Gilesgate Bank (north side) is to have two new benches. The bench there at the moment is in poor condition. In its place will go two high-quality new ones, costing £1,455 from the Members’ Initiative Fund of Councillors David Freeman and Richard Ormerod. One of them will carry a plaque in memory […]

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Free after three: Durham County Council car parks in December

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 1 November, 2016

All Durham County Council car parks across the county and on street parking in Durham City will be free after 3pm during December and from 10am on Small Business Saturday – 3rd December. Lib Dem Councillor Richard Ormerod said: “This is a great way to attract Christmas shoppers into Durham City and give a boost […]

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Lib Dems get refusal of latest Kepier House and Elvet shops plans

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 11 October, 2016

The planning meeting on Kepier House was held this afternoon.  The planners had recommended approval.  Local Cllr David Freeman spoke against the application largely on transport grounds as the latest application had a reduction in car spaces from 46 to 34 (for 35 flats!).  Local Lib Dems are pleased that the committee agreed with us and it […]

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New proposals for Durham Bus Station

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 10 October, 2016

The public are being asked to have their say on the council plans for a new bus station in North Road. When the council last consulted on the scheme in 2014 there was overwhelming support for better facilities with the current bus station, considered by many to be poor. Many suggestions were also received on […]

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Durham Lib Dem Post Office Victory

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 28 September, 2016

Liberal Democrats in Durham have been successful in persuading the Post Office to retain all the services currently offered at Durham City Post Office when it moves in November. Councillors Richard Ormerod and David Freeman were informed today that the Post Office has decided to go ahead with its intention to move the Durham Post Office […]

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Lib Dems welcome new-look North Road

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 20 September, 2016

Improvements to North Road in Durham City are due to start in October after a consultation with businesses on the high street. As part of Durham County Council’s £1.84 million investment over the next two years to upgrade the roads and footpaths across the city, the North Road works will improve the look of the […]

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Residents’ dismay as council approves 24-hour working on The Gates

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 19 September, 2016

A local councillor has reacted furiously to the news that Durham County Council has approved round-the-clock demolition and construction work for the redevelopment of The Gates shopping centre in North Road, Durham. Along with many nearby residents and the areas two residents’ associations, Elvet and Gilesgate Councillor David Freeman had objected to the proposals. Despite […]

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