Councillors Richard Ormerod, David Freeman, Carole Lattin, Rob Hanson & Helen Weston

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Archive for the ‘News’ Category

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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The end of Covid in sight?

by Group Office on 21 March, 2021

A year on from our first confirmed case of coronavirus in County Durham, our current seven-day infection rate is now 73.9 per 100,000. However, we are still above the national average for England (62.7 per 100,000). It is pleasing to see that hospital admissions continue to ease, with 43 coronavirus inpatients across the trust as […]

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Durham University plans

by Group Office on 20 March, 2021

The university has shared their plans with us: •             Until Easter, with very few exceptions, all teaching remains online. •             The third (Easter) term begins on Monday 26th April, and they have no intention of encouraging students to return to Durham before then. •             If and when students do return after Easter, they expect teaching […]

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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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New restaurant on the way

by Group Office on 19 March, 2021

A planning application has been submitted for the conversion of the closed Psyche clothing shop into a restaurant. The building used to be Café Rouge.  As a shop it has not been open since 2019.  We welcome the venture as the building occupies a central corner position at the end of Silver Street and adjacent […]

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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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Gas pipe works, Elvet

by Group Office on 4 March, 2021

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are due to start works in and around Old Elvet, Durham. The project, which is due to start on the 22nd March 2021, is scheduled to last approximately 6 weeks. Work will take place in New Elvet, Court Lane, Elvet Crescent, Palmers Garth and Whinney Hill. NGN plan on replacing the […]

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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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Durham Beer Festival postponed

by Group Office on 27 February, 2021

The Campaign for Real Ale has decided to postpone the 40th Durham Beer Festival. Instead they plan to work with the local industry to create a celebration of pubs, clubs and real ale later in the year. CAMRA said: “We felt it was better to support the industry in recovering from these difficult times, rather […]

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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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