Councillors Richard Ormerod & David Freeman

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Elvet, Crossgate, Highgate, Sidegate, St Nicholas and Gilesgate Bank Learn more

Primary school admissions deadline nears

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 8 January, 2018

Parents are reminded they are running out of time to apply for primary school places for their children. The deadline for applications for the next academic year, which starts in September 2018, is Monday 15 January 2018. In order for a child to be eligible to start school in September 2018, the child’s birthday must […]

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Merry Christmas

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 24 December, 2017

Councillors David Freeman and Richard Ormerod would like to wish all residents of Durham a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful, prosperous new year!

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River Wear path open at last

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 18 December, 2017

Work has now been completed to safeguard a much used footpath in Durham City following storm damage. The banks of the River Wear beneath the footpath at Maiden Castle behind Durham City Rugby Club suffered extensively when Storm Desmond hit the region in December 2015, leaving the path at risk of falling into the river […]

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Free after 3 provides festive treat for motorists

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 5 December, 2017

Visitors to County Durham are in for a festive treat this Christmas with free late afternoon and evening parking. Durham County Council is bringing back its ‘Free after 3’ offer which will see free parking available across the county after 3pm, every day in December. The waiving of charge applies to the council’s off street […]

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Sign up for next year’s garden waste collection scheme

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 3 December, 2017

Residents wishing to sign up to next year’s garden waste collection scheme can do so now. From Friday, 1 December, residents can sign up online or call customer services to receive garden waste collections when the scheme restarts next spring. Letters containing a unique reference number will also be sent to eligible properties in January, […]

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Council selling city sites

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 21 November, 2017

Your councillors understand that the Council has or is about to complete sales of 17 Claypath and the former Durham City Swimming Baths. 17 Claypath could be demolished and a boutique hotel built while the swimming baths site and adjacent Durham University car park will become a new base for Durham University Business School.

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Applefest, Sat 25 November

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 21 November, 2017

Come along to Applefest! It’s a free, fun, family apple-themed event. Saturday 25 November 2017, 1-4pm, Laurel Avenue Community Centre. There will be games, craft activities and live music. Come and see the apple press in action! Taste the delicious apple juice. Help with planting some apple trees in the garden. Free soup and bread.

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Elvet works pause for Lumiere

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 10 November, 2017

Major works at Durham’s Old Elvet Bridge have stopped ahead of the city’s Lumiere light festival and Christmas. Durham County Council is carrying out a major refurbishment of the bridge across the River Wear, a Grade One Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument, as part of its £1.84m investment in roads and footpaths in the city centre […]

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Fram Well barrier removal imminent

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 10 November, 2017

The Focus Team has been informed that the barriers left by Fram Well will be removed today. This follows requests from local councillors and the Sidegate Residents’ Association. Cllr Richard Ormerod said: “It’s about time. These have been an eyesore for many weeks now. There was no need for them to be left there in […]

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Control of “To Let” boards at last?

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 21 September, 2017

For many years we criticised the Council over its failure to control ‘To Let’ boards in the city centre. Councillor David Freeman said: “These boards disfigure our streets and are unnecessary anyway for students looking for new properties to rent. “The Council put too much faith a voluntary scheme which half the landlords did not […]

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