Councillors Richard Ormerod, David Freeman & Mandy Ross

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Richard & David chosen again for County Council

by Group Office on 21 April, 2021

The Liberal Democrats have unanimously chosen sitting county councillors Richard Ormerod & David Freeman as their candidates for Elvet & Gilesgate Division in the DCC elections on May 6. Cllr Richard Ormerod Cllr Richard Ormerod has been your County Councillor since 2013 and has served on the newly formed Durham City Parish Council since 2018. […]

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Swimming lessons

by Group Office on 27 March, 2021

DCC is planning to restart the young person’s swimming programme. Lessons are planned to start week beginning Monday 19 April. There are a number of national restrictions required to maintain social distancing including reduced class sizes and limiting the number of spectators. Unfortunately this means it is not possible to accommodate every child wishing to […]

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Linking The Sands to Claypath and Lower Gilesgate

by Group Office on 25 March, 2021

Great news. Our bids for funding for this project have both been successful. This project is an ambitious one to improve pedestrian links between The Sands and the city centre. It has been funds from the Neighbourhood Budget and also from Section 106 money. The funding is to be used for the replacement and repair […]

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New Elvet Bridge update

by Group Office on 19 March, 2021

Durham County Council has completed the hydro-demolition of the north half joint and work on the south joint is continuing. Installation of the cathodic protection and the steelwork repairs are in progress. Find out more at

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Extra funds for St Cuthbert’s Hospice

by Group Office on 18 March, 2021

In our recent leaflet to residents we set out how the Elvet and Gilesgate Neighbourhood Budget had been allocated to many worthy community schemes. It turns out that because of a VAT claw-back by the council we had a small amount of funds left. We have allocated this to St Cuthbert’s Hospice towards the purchase […]

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Virtual surgery Thursday 4 March

by Group Office on 2 March, 2021

Once again Cllrs Richard Ormerod and David Freeman are unable to do their monthly surgery at Alington House on Thursday 4 February due to Covid-19 restrictions.. Instead they are doing it “virtually” between 6-7pm on Thursday 4 February. If you would like to discuss any issues of concern please email [email protected] to book your slot. Your councillors […]

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Labour squander £1 million at waste sites

by Group Office on 25 February, 2021

£903,919 – a staggering waste of money on traffic management at waste sites! Our Labour-run County Council has now wasted a truly eyewatering amount of money blocking roads at some of our waste sites. This includes the one in Pity Me which has so far cost about £300,000.We told them in April they should set […]

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£0 from Labour for school repairs

by Group Office on 24 February, 2021

£0 – That’s how much local money Labour-run Durham County Council is investing to tackle the £100 million school repair backlog. That’s the backlog in schools it is responsible for. And no it’s not a misprint! They have budgeted NOTHING! Your Lib Dem team today proposed a £10 million investment this year to tackle the […]

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Lib Dems Fight for More Public Toilets in city

by Group Office on 29 January, 2021

We are pleased to say that the parish council approved the following motion last night from Lib Dem Councillors Richard Ormerod and Alan Doig: “The City of Durham Parish Council invites DCC to seek solutions in conjunction with the Parish Council for the provision of public toilets in Durham City centre. The current situation is […]

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End the secrecy at County Hall!

by Group Office on 28 January, 2021

Cllrs David Freeman and Richard Ormerod both backed an attempt by Lib Dem County Councillors at last week’s Council meeting, to create a process that brings council papers, hidden from public view, into the public domain. This is so that when the need to keep them secret no longer exists, they can be accessed. This […]

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