Durham Council: Charities to benefit from fundraising
Cllr Linda Marshall JP, former chairman of Durham County Council, has closed fundraising for her two chosen charities with a massive £26,000.
The money will be divided between The Royal British Legion and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY.)
The money for CRY will be used to purchase a scanner for the region with the money for the Royal British Legion being used to help support the cost of training courses for the ex-service community through Finchale College.
Cllr Marshall thanked all those who had generously donated and taken part in the many fundraising events during her time as chairman.
Durham Council: New scheme brings energy and cost savings
A £1.3m scheme has helped to make four public buildings in County Durham more energy efficient.
Major improvements to the heating and lighting systems at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Crook Civic Centre and Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre are helping Durham County Council to save an estimated £151,530 a year in energy costs.
In addition to the financial savings, the Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit project is also expected to reduce the council’s carbon emissions by approximately 787 tonnes per year.
To mark the completion of the work at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew will lead a fun session in the pool for swimmers at the centre next week (May 30).
The energy efficient measures, which were installed by British Gas on behalf of Durham County Council, include:
• an upgrade of lighting systems which enable lighting levels to be adjusted according to the natural light;
• an upgrade of building management systems to ensure energy is only used when it is needed;
• the installation of combined heat and power units which use gas to generate electricity and heat on site, significantly reducing the amount of electricity purchased;
• heavily insulated valves and pipework to reduce heat loss; and
• the replacement of air conditioning units with modern energy efficient equipment.
Ian Thompson, corporate director for regeneration and economic development and chair of the Carbon Management Programme at Durham County Council, said: “This has been an important project for the county council.
“The fact that it has brought about improvements at four well-used public buildings, also reduced carbon and made financial savings is certainly something to be proud of.”
The project has been developed through the council’s Carbon Management Programme on an ‘invest-to-save’ basis, where £1.3m has been borrowed at a low finance rate and will be repaid using the savings achieved through the improvements.
Durham Council: Flytipper fined after being caught on CCTV
An East Durham man is paying the price for flytipping after the offence was caught on camera.
Paul Kitching faces fines and court costs of more than £600 after pleading guilty at Peterlee Magistrates Court to dumping waste and rubble on land owned by Durham County Council.
Kitching, of Gloucester Place, Peterlee, was one of two men captured on CCTV leaving the waste near a pond in Shotton Colliery.
His companion, Gary John Colledge, 25, of Eden Lane, Peterlee, was found guilty of breaching environmental laws when he appeared in court in March.
Kitching, also 25, gave evidence at Colledge’s trial stating that he was the other man in the film footage and, as a result, the council pursued a conviction against him also.
Both men claimed that they had been approached by a man who had asked if they would use the rubble, which was in the back of their van, to fill a hole on the track to the pond.
They said they did not know the name of the man but believed he had authority to allow them to leave the waste.
However, the court was told that Durham County Council had not given anyone permission to dump the waste in the area or fill the potholes.
It was also noted that signs are in place at the entrance to the access road warning against flytipping and stating that CCTV cameras are in operation.
Magistrates fined Kitching £470 and ordered him to pay costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Oliver Sherratt, Durham County Council’s head of direct services, said: “Coordinated action by the council and its partners has helped reduce the number of incidents we have had to deal with by 20 per cent during the last four years.
“However, we are far from complacent and continue to crack down on those responsible for this blight in our communities, using a variety of methods from stop and search operations to CCTV.
“We would ask that residents support us in our efforts by reporting flytipping and also ensuring that anyone they ask to dispose of their waste has the proper permissions to do so.”
To report flytipping, contact Durham County Council’s streetscene on 03000 26 1000.
Durham Council: Top rating for Killhope
A County Durham museum has received an online honour thanks to visitors who have logged on to a top travel website.
Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum has been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
The honour is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from travellers and means the Weardale attraction is in the top-performing 10 per cent of all organisations listed on the site.
More than 80 per cent of people who have reviewed the museum online have given it a five-star rating.
Michael Boase, Killhope manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the Certificate of Excellence and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write about their visit to the museum and recommend it to others.
“We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic day out for the whole family and it’s clear from the feedback that we have received that our visitors agree.”
Killhope boasts a fully restored Victorian lead mine and the world’s only working Armstrong Water Wheel as well as a large collection of spar boxes – display cases made by miners to show off the minerals they had collected.
Visitors can also enjoy the site’s stunning woodland walks and watch the native wildlife from purpose-built observation hides.
Alison Copus, vice president of marketing for TripAdvisor for business, said: “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”
For more information, call 01388 537 505, visit www.killhope.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham Council: Family fun at record office
Families are being given the chance to find out more about the history of County Durham at a family fun day.
Durham County Record Office is holding its fifth annual Family Fun Day at County Hall in Durham where visitors will be given the chance to write with quills, dress up in Tudor costumes and make seals like those found on medieval documents.
Activities are suitable for children age five and above who will also get a chance to play with the types of toys children played with in the past. (Some activities may be suitable for younger children)
Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist with Durham County Council, said: “It’s a great chance to find out about local history in a way that’s both educational and fun.”
The event takes place on Friday, May 31 between 9.30am and 12.30pm and is free.
Children attending will be given the chance to enter into a competition to win a £10 book voucher.
For more information, members of the public should contact 03000 267626 or email: email@example.com
Durham Council: Music, art and history at the DLI
There’s something for everyone at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery this half term.
The city centre visitor attraction hosts two special events next weekend but there’s plenty to keep visitors of all ages busy throughout the week.
On Saturday, 1 June, textile artist Catherine Howard of Interface Arts will lead a craft demonstration from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.
And on Sunday, 2 June, Pittington Brass Band will perform in the DLI’s grounds from 2.00pm.
Visitors can also explore the museum, discovering the history of the Durham Light Infantry and even handling some of the special objects from the collection and stores.
And there’s an added insight into the DLI soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross courtesy of the Down Our Streets exhibition created by pupils from Gilesgate Primary School.
The gallery is also currently hosting Recording Britain, an exhibition of drawings and watercolours owned by the Victorian and Albert Museum.
The result of a unique project to record the landscape of Britain at the outbreak of the Second World War, the works capture vulnerable buildings, landscapes and lifestyles at a time of immense change.
Ros Evans, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery education officer, said: “The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery is very much a family venue, making it the perfect destination for a half term day out.
“We’ve got lots to see and do with all ages and interests catered for.”
The museum, which has extensive grounds and its own café, is open from 10am to 5.00pm every day.
For more information about the museum’s collection, exhibitions and talks, or to book tickets, call 0191 384 2214, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.durham.gov.uk/dli
Durham Council: Summer of sport in Peterlee and Easington
A variety of sport and activity sessions are being held in the Easington and Peterlee area.
Durham County Council has secured Sportivate funding for football sessions for young people aged 14 and older.
They are aimed at introducing new players to the sport and will run once a week from Monday 3 June at several venues:
• Woodhouse Park, Peterlee, Mondays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
• Horden Welfare Park/Cross Roads Park, Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
• Easington C of E School, Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
• Seaham Leisure Centre, Wednesdays from 6:45pm – 7:45pm
There is no need to book a place, so people can just go along and join in.
As part of the two-year Urban Legacy Project, funded by the East Durham Area Action Partnership and supported by Groundwork and Peterlee Town Council, a series of activities will be held in Woodhouse Park, Peterlee.
They will take place between May and September this year and next year are aimed at increasing participation in a wide array of sports and activities.
Sessions will run from Tuesday 28 May at Woodhouse Park, Peterlee, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until the end of September.
There will be a wide choice of sports and physical activities for many age groups. There will be skate park, multi-sport and dance sessions for those aged 11 years and over.
For those aged 14 and over there will be boot camp, boxercise, cycling, walking, running and dance fitness sessions.
All sessions are intended to encourage people to take up new sports and activities.
Durham County Council is also to introduce leadership courses in the skate park, to promote a safe learning area for all. An initial 8 week run will start on Monday 3 June, 7:00pm – 8:00pm.
People can also join in the Urban Games event taking place on Friday 26 July, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. This is a free event at Woodhouse Close Park, Peterlee for ages 5 years to 25 years, and will include competitions, demos, parkour, dance, multi-sports and a climbing wall.
Deborah Holmes, sport and physical activity development manager at Durham County Council, said: “A variety of sports sessions will be taking place in the East Durham area to encourage people to get involved in different activities.
“There are many opportunities every week for people to get together and join in, thanks to funding from both Sportivate and the local AAP. All sessions are outdoors and people are welcome to just turn up and give it a go.”
For enquiries regarding any of the sessions please contact Marie Urwin, Sport & Physical Activity Development Officer on 07834 569 436 or at email@example.com
Durham Council: Dynamic Dubai – supporting global trade
County Durham businesses are being encouraged to cash in on a very lucrative Middle East market.
A recent report published by the North East Chamber of Commerce identified the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a major export market for fast-growing companies looking to boost export sales.
As a result Business Durham, on behalf of Durham County Council, has utilised its established network of contacts in the UAE, to organise an event at which local companies can learn more about the benefits of exporting to Dubai.
Sponsored by the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the event will provide an excellent opportunity to pick up expert advice on developing business in the area and to network with like-minded companies, creating future contacts.
Stewart Watkins, Managing Director of Business Durham said: “Dubai has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most desirable business destinations. With a strong economic policy and ambitious growth plans it is now rated among the top ten most popular business locations in the world. In addition, recent economic indicators show an upward trend towards making Dubai a global business hub.”
Ian Scott, UK and Ireland Director for the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing feels Dubai has much to share with Durham County Council and the local Chamber of Commerce: “Dubai is committed to retaining its position as one of the world’s leading business destinations with a diverse offering of unparalleled facilities and amenities for companies both large and small.
“The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing conducts these seminars with a view to informing members of trade organisations around the UK about Dubai’s unique offering to enterprise and to explaining how to go about setting up in the emirate to further stimulate growth in the region and expand UK businesses.”
This free event will be held on Tuesday 11 June, 9.30 am – 12 noon at Ramside Hall Hotel. You can register your details by going to www.businessdurham.co.uk
Durham Council: New council Cabinet and Chairman announced
Durham County Council’s new Cabinet was announced today (Wednesday, 22 May) at the authority’s Annual General Meeting, where a new Chairman was also elected.
Cllr Simon Henig confirmed the membership of his Cabinet after being re-elected as Leader of the council.
Cllr Alan Napier retains the post of Deputy Leader with additional responsibility for finance and legal and democratic services.
Cllr Jane Brown takes up the new post of Cabinet member for Corporate Services, dealing with human resources and ICT.
Cllr Ossie Johnson and Cllr Eddie Tomlinson are also new additions to Cabinet. Cllr Johnson takes on the portfolio for Children and Young People’s Services, covering education up to the age of 19, youth services, children’s services, specialist and safeguarding services.
Cllr Tomlinson is the new Cabinet member for Housing and Rural Issues. His role covers housing strategy, homelessness and landlords and sees him continuing as the authority’s rural champion.
Cllr Neil Foster retains the portfolio for economic regeneration, dealing with development control, economic development, regeneration, assets and tourism, arts and culture.
And Cllr Morris Nicholls continues as Cabinet member for Adult Services with responsibility for adult social care services and safeguarding, welfare rights and carers.
Cllr Maria Plews is responsible for leisure services, libraries and community and adult education under her role as member for Leisure, Libraries and Lifelong Learning.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Local Partnerships, covers AAPs, community development and asset management as well as customer services, streetscene, highways, waste management and environment, health and consumer protection.
Cllr Lucy Hovvels, will again serve as Cabinet member for Safer and Healthier Communities, with responsibility for community safety, Travellers liaison, emergency planning and health and wellbeing.
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of the council, said: “This is an experienced Cabinet which includes representation from all six parliamentary constituencies in County Durham as well as previous experience on all but one of the previous eight district and county councils.
“The Cabinet will also be supported by eight other councillors including five newly elected members. This mix of experience and new ideas will stand County Durham in good stead as we continue to face unprecedented budget cuts from central government which could continue for several more years.”
Cllr Pauline Charlton was elected as Chairman of the council. A retired school teacher, Cllr Charlton, who represents Evenwood, has chosen Butterwick Hospice and Treetops Children’s Ward, University Hospital of North Durham as her charities for the coming year.
“I am thrilled at becoming Chairman,” said Pauline, who has spent the last 12 months as Vice Chairman to Cllr Linda Marshall, JP.
She added: “The last year as vice chairman has really whetted my appetite for the coming 12 months. Meeting people is something that I particularly enjoy and I hope to carry on the excellent work of my predecessor Councillor Linda Marshall.
“I am looking forward to representing the people of County Durham.”
Cllr John Robinson, who represents Sedgefield, has been chosen as Vice Chairman.
Durham Council: Slam dunk the junk
Residents in the north of the county are being encouraged to slam dunk the junk to make their communities cleaner, greener and tidier.
Community litter picks are kicking off proceedings this week with free dog micro-chipping also available.
The project was developed by and is being funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership (AAP) and Durham County Council’s Civic Pride team are supporting with the litter picks and delivering assemblies in local schools.
Corinne Walton, AAP coordinator, said: “Tackling environmental and street cleanliness issues was voted as a priority by our local residents so we wanted to deliver a project to maximise the opportunity for people to get involved.
“Community groups across the area have chosen their own litter picking locations so with the help of volunteers we can target those unsightly grot spots.”
The litter picks will last one hour, and are being carried out on the Derwent Walk at Shotley Bridge, the c2c route at Leadgate and Chare Bank at Ebchester to name but a few. There will be more arranged at other locations over the coming weeks, with the details being confirmed soon.
Keep visiting the Derwent Valley Life website for more information.
The dates for those litter picks that have been arranged to date are:
23 May 2013 - Chare Bank, Ebchester
28 May 2013 - Community Bungalow, Burnopfield
3 June - Play park and field, Shotley Bridge
5 June 2013 - c2c route, Leadgate
The Government is bringing in compulsory micro chipping for all dogs from 6 April 2016. Having a dog micro chipped means it can be quickly and easily identified if it becomes lost or it strays. Bring your dog along to one of the following locations to have a microchip inserted for free.
Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old and owners must provide proof of address:
Wednesday, 29 May 10am-2pm in the StrayAid trailer, the Grove Club car park.
Wednesday, 5 June 10am-2pm Delves Lane Methodist Church Hall, Delves Lane.
Wednesday, 12 June 10am-2pm Dipton Community Centre.
Wednesday, 19 June 10am-1.30pm Leadgate Community Centre,
Wednesday, 3 July 10am-1.30pm StrayAid trailer, Ebchester Community Centre car park.
Wednesday, 17 July 10am-2pm Burnopfield Community Centre.
For more information, go to: http://derwentvalleylife.org.uk/
If you would like to attend one of the advertised litter picks please get in touch with Amy Hartnell, Civic Pride Officer on 03000266058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact the Derwent Valley Partnership Team on: 03000 260 725 or email@example.com