Councillors Richard Ormerod, David Freeman & Mandy Ross

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

Read more on this

Read more on this

Swimming Pool to reopen 10 August

by Group Office on 6 August, 2020

Great news – Freeman’s Quay Swimming Pool to reopen on 10 August. Swimmers are also being advised to expect a number of changes to allow for social distancing and to reflect public health advice. Activity will be limited to lane swimming throughout the week, with some family fun sessions at weekends and aqua fit classes. […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Town Hall to reopen with extended hours

by Group Office on 6 August, 2020

Durham Town Hall will reopen to the public this week after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Durham Town Hall will also be extending its opening hours from one day a week to four days a week. The Town Hall was forced to close in March due to government restrictions. A one-way system has […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Milburngate emergency training exercise

by Group Office on 30 July, 2020

On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 August the fire service are using the Milburngate site to simulate an emergency situation for a training exercise. This may involve a person being suspended from a crane (yes, really!). If you see it, please don’t panic and dial 999, as the emergency services will already be there!

Read more    Leave a comment

New bus station imminent

by Group Office on 28 July, 2020

We are very pleased to announce that the planning application for the new bus station will be approved later this month. The planning officer’s report is recommending approval and both of your Lib Dem councillors David Freeman and Richard Ormerod are (unsurprisingly) backing the recommendations of the report to approve the planning application.  The decision […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Play areas and leisure centre open again

by Group Office on 27 July, 2020

We have been pushing the council to get play areas and Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre open again. We are pleased to announce that on 25 July the play areas at St Oswald’s, rear of The Chains, Allergate and at Hallgarth View (off Whinney Hill) will reopen. Wharton Park opened last week. Freemans Quay Leisure Centre […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Wharton Park playground re-opens

by Group Office on 13 July, 2020

We are pleased to confirm that the playground at Wharton Park is open. But: Please do not go there if you or anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. Please wash your hands before and after you visit the playgrounds. Please observe the two-metre distancing guidance. Please do not bring food, drink or your own […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Refurbishment to transform Gala Theatre

by Group Office on 12 July, 2020

We have been pushing for improvements at the Gala and were successful in securing funding for this financial year for a makeover of the entrance areas. Work at the Gala Theatre and Cinema will include improvements to the foyer, bar area and box office areas as well as the introduction of an updated till system. […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Face masks from Rotary Club

by Group Office on 6 July, 2020

In response to COVID-19, a project through Durham Rotary Clubs to make face masks for County Durham Foodbank, were so well received, that Rotarians started making them for the wider community. To date they have made around 400 masks. Cotton fabric and thread have been kindly donated, and clear bags have also been donated by […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Limited Library Reopening

by Group Office on 3 July, 2020

From Monday 6 July DCC Libraries will be introducing a “Pick And Collect” service at Belmont Library (and others around the county). This will allow residents to order up to three books online or over the phone. They will then be offered a choice of time slots to collect the titles from the chosen library. […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Lib Dems get opencast mine extension rejected

by Group Office on 1 July, 2020

Lib Dem Councillors led a successful campaign to have plans to extend an opencast coalmine rejected. Durham County Council’s Planning Committee this morning voted to reject Banks Group’s application to develop the existing site between Dipton and Leadgate. If approved the firm would have been able to remove a further 90,000 tonnes of coal. The […]

Read more    Leave a comment