Seaton with Slingley Parish Council is greatly saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this incredibly sad time.
Seaton with Slingley Parish Council is greatly saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this incredibly sad time.
Staff at leisure centres across County Durham are working hard to prepare sites for re-opening to the public from Monday 12 April.
The centres will initially open with gym, swim and outdoor fitness facilities available, while the indoor fitness class programme is expected to restart later in May, as outlined in the Government’s Roadmap to Recovery. Additional outdoor fitness classes, including bootcamps have been added to the programme at some leisure centres.
Leisure centres in the county have made a number changes to ensure the safety of customers and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic. These include extra staff training, limited numbers to implement social distancing and the use of face coverings. Rigorous cleaning of sites will continue. All activities must be prebooked in advance by visiting www.durham.gov.uk/leisure
For those who would prefer to keep active at home, the Mywellness app will continue to be free to use while the leisure centres will operate a reduced programme. The app includes daily workouts, challenges and on demand as well as live fitness classes.
Anyone who would like to find out more can visit www.durham.gov.uk/leisure to view opening times, facilities and booking information.
Recycling centres across County Durham will be open for longer from today as part of a move to summer opening hours.
Durham County Council-run household waste recycling centres will be open from 9am to 6pm, although times at some sites may vary.
The council has created a new online interactive map which members of the public can use to get an indication of whether or not their local site is busy. A green light indicates there is no queue at a particular centre, whereas a red one means visitors are more likely to face a queue.
The map is updated once every hour at www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc
As the country eases out of the Government’s lockdown restrictions, members of the public are advised to only visit the recycling centres if necessary and that some sites may be busy.
Residents are also being reminded that they can book a bulky waste collection for larger items if they need to by going to www.durham.gov.uk/bulkywaste
For full details on recycling centres in County Durham go to www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc
Youngsters can enjoy fun art activities in the comfort of their own home this Easter and earn a qualification at the same time.
Durham County Council’s Durham County Record Office is using funding from Arts Council England to give children and young people the chance to get creative online. Next week families can sign up for two free online craft workshops for inspiration towards gaining their ‘Arts Award Discover.’
Arts Award is a series of qualifications administered by Trinity College London for children and young people aged five to 25. Discover is the first level.
Children and young people can gain the qualification by downloading a logbook from the record office website at http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/article/25320/Arts-Award-Discover-at-Home The website also includes a series of short videos filmed by record office staff, guiding families through the award.
Children and young people can then work through the suggested creative activities, including designing an illuminated letter and creating an illustrated diary entry, both inspired by real examples from the archive collections.
Youngsters who fill in the logbook should return it to the record office. It will then be submitted to Trinity College London (TCL) and children will receive an official certificate.
The Arts Council England funding will allow the first 50 children and young people to return their logbooks and have them moderated free of charge.
After this, a fee will be charged, to cover TCL’s normal moderation costs.
Families can sign up for two online craft workshops, aimed at primary school aged children, over the Easter holidays.
‘Snippets from the archives: Investigating Easter in the past’ will look at examples from the record office’s archive collections to show how Easter was celebrated in the past. There will also be a craft activity.
The workshops will last about 30 minutes and run on Tuesday 6 April at 10am and Thursday 8 April at 2pm.
The sessions are free but places must be booked in advance, online at: https://recordofficeshop.durham.gov.uk/pgEventResult
Education archivist Dawn Layland said: “The activities in the Arts Award logbook are a great way for children and young people to get creative while enjoying themselves over Easter, and all can be done from the comfort of their own home.
“The same goes for the workshops which offer primary school aged children the chance to find out what Easter was like in the past.
“We’re grateful to Arts Council England for the funding we’ve been given and pleased to be able to use it to help young people gain a useful qualification.”
Further information about Arts Awards can be found at www.artsaward.org.uk.
Durham County Council has published the Notice of Election for Seaton with Slingley Parish Council. The elections will be held on 6th May 2021
The election notice can be viewed via the link below:
To find out more about the elections please have a look at this Durham County Council webpage. And you can also contact the electoral services team on 03000 261 212 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction work to create a vibrant, interactive history hub in Durham City is expected to be complete by next autumn, following the appointment of a main contractor.
Durham County Council has confirmed Kier as the developer to restore the Grade II listed Mount Oswald Manor House and turn it into a local history hub, bringing together archive, heritage, and registration services at a single location.
Kier is due to start on site this spring with work expected to be complete by autumn 2022, ready for historical records and objects to be moved to their new home and the installation of an exhibition showcasing the lesser told stories of working people who have been pivotal in shaping the county.
Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction during the consultation process, planning permission was granted last year and former owner the Banks Group transferred the site to the council for a nominal fee.
The history centre will provide a secure future for the more than five miles of county archives, charting almost 900 years of history, which are currently located in County Hall.
It will also provide a home for historic registration records, the Historic Environment Record, local studies collections and the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) collection, reuniting the DLI objects and written records for the first time since 1998.
Expected to be ready to open to the public in 2023, it is hoped the new history centre will attract more than 70,000 visitors per year with its state-of-the-art search rooms, innovative digital facilities, dedicated learning space, exhibition and interpretation spaces, and café.
The project will also see the relocation of Durham Register Office from Aykley Heads to the site, offering enhanced facilities for weddings and civil ceremonies in the historic surroundings of the manor house.
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “We are delighted that a main contractor has been appointed so that work can begin on the exciting new centre which will provide a unique gateway to explore the whole history of the county and its people. It will allow us to open up new spaces for residents and visitors to use and enjoy as well as providing a secure future for our important heritage collections.”
Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this specialist project and continue our working relationship with Durham County Council. We have vast experience in restoring first-class refurbishments of Grade Listed properties and look forward to being part of this iconic scheme for County Durham.”
In 2020, the council secured a development phase grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund which was used to develop an exciting and engaging activity and events programme, and to progress the centre’s ambitions for innovative digital engagement and digital exhibition elements.
A Stage 2 bid has now been submitted to The Heritage Fund which, if successful, will see these plans become reality with public programmes taking place across the county from early 2022.
As part of the development of the project, pilot sessions were delivered virtually for schools and community groups by the Durham County Record Office, the DLI, and the Historic Environment Record.
Focusing on historical archives and objects from Ushaw Moor, the sessions explored what life was like during the period from 1899 to 1910, at the height of the coal industry and the Boer War.
The sessions aimed to demonstrate how archive material and historical objects, such as photos, maps, school records and census documents, can be used to investigate the past and uncover the stories of working people and everyday families, and what buildings and communities were like in those times.
The sessions looked at details of one soldier and what his life would have been like. The team used a visualiser to show the objects and archives in a digital format.
The Historic Environment Record was also used by the school and community groups to investigate the earlier past of Ushaw Moor, including a possible shrine to Thomas Becket, the archbishop murdered in 1170 during the reign of Henry II.
Cllr Joy Allen, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to bring together all items from the collection with the DLI archives cared for by Durham County Record Office, for the first time since 1998.
“Whilst the building will physically bring the collections together, if our bid to The Heritage Fund is successful our engagement programme and digital plans will integrate these diverse collections in innovative ways, opening up these treasures of our county to new audiences.
“We will be able to deliver more sessions like the virtual exploration of Ushaw Moor to communities, schools and groups, and we will be able to offer an exciting programme of activities, changing exhibitions and digital innovation.”
Colonel Ted Shields, chair of the DLI Trustees, said: “The DLI Collection symbolises the fighting spirit and determination that characterised every County Durham household living through hard times. The benefit of bringing together a number of services and collections is the opportunity to deliver a more coherent narrative, including how the wider story of the county has been shaped by the DLI and the people of this regiment.”
More information about the history centre can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/historycentre
Work is set to begin on a major business park for County Durham, paving the way for 4,000 new jobs and a £400 million boost to the economy.
Durham County Council is to begin work on the park at Aykley Heads, at Durham City, having already pledged £6 million to the project’s first phase. The remaining £6 million for phase one comes from the government’s Getting Building Fund, which aims to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure across the country.
The milestone commencement of work has today been welcomed by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP,) North East England Chamber of Commerce and Durham University.
The vision for Aykley Heads is to create ‘A Development for a Different World’ – in recognition of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the way people work. It will offer a new and unique business location for the region that maximises economic growth in County Durham and delivers jobs in new and growing sectors. It is one of five designated strategic employment sites across the county and part of the council’s ambitious mission to provide more and better jobs, bridging the gap in economic performance with other parts of the UK.
Aykley Heads is also evidence of the council’s commitment to keeping major projects on track through the coronavirus pandemic, in recognition of how important they are to the county’s long-term economic future.
The site’s first two phases offer the prospect of a potential 4,000 jobs and it is estimated a further 1,800 will be supported in the construction of the park.
The first phase will see the creation of 3,500 square metres of flexible office space within a three-storey building and 124 car parking spaces to the north of the site.
Work on ‘Plot C’ will begin in the coming weeks with the commencement of groundworks ahead of the construction of the building.
The North East LEP is a public, private, and education sector partnership that covers Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authority areas. It manages the Getting Building Fund in the North East and has added to the money available by providing £8m from its North East Investment Fund.
A hybrid planning application for Aykley Heads was approved in December, giving full permission for Plot C and outline consent for the rest of the site.
This includes land currently occupied by the council’s County Hall headquarters, with the authority having agreed to move to a new smaller headquarters in the heart of Durham City to pave the way for the business park. The new headquarters will provide a base for 1,000 council staff, boosting footfall and trade in the city centre, as well as in Crook, Seaham, Spennymoor and Meadowfield where other employees will be located.
The first two phases of Aykley Heads will when complete provide up to 38,468sq m of floorspace and be divided into six plots, with each providing office buildings and parking spaces. ‘Character zoning’ will be used to create distinctiveness, while green spaces and paths will be provided for the enjoyment of workers, residents and visitors.
Aykley Heads already benefits from close links to the A1, East Coast Main Line and other public transport, as well as cycling routes. These have already attracted a number of high profile firms to the vicinity, including the business and IT consultancy Waterstons, as well as Atom Bank and the chamber of commerce.
County Durham boasts four other strategic employment sites, with Jade Business Park near Seaham, Integra 61 at Bowburn, and Forrest Park at Newton Aycliffe all welcoming their first tenants last year. The £5 million expansion of NETPark at Sedgefield, is also underway and set to create up to 1,400 jobs. In total, the five sites are set to bring 15,000 jobs to the county.
County Durham and Newcastle were recently named among the UK’s ten highest growth ‘clusters’ in fintech – financial services and technology.
Free town centre parking after 2pm proposed to support coronavirus recovery
Durham County Council is proposing to introduce free town centre parking after 2pm as part of a package of measures to support residents and businesses in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Durham County Council’s Cabinet will next week be recommended to agree that parking in all the authority’s on and off-street facilities in town centres be free after 2pm seven days a week, from April until the end of the year.
The proposal, which goes before the meeting on Wednesday March 17, seeks to support the economy of County Durham in recovering from the pandemic while also helping residents in recognition of how tough the last year has been.
A report to the meeting sets out how the national and regional lockdown restrictions necessary to keep people safe from the virus have impacted on retail, leisure and hospitality and led to the cancellation of events. In turn this has impacted on trade and footfall in communities across the county.
The proposal is in addition to wider investments such as the County Durham Business Recovery Grants scheme, which is providing investment to help firms affected by the pandemic. The council has also administered the allocation of government funding to companies – processing applications for these national grants as quickly as possible to help businesses deal with the financial impacts of the pandemic.
The report sets out how the council acknowledges that as restrictions are lifted in the coming months, it will be essential that efforts are made to ensure County Durham’s town centres can become sustainable and accessible locations for both shopping and leisure use.
Councillors will hear that the authority proposes free parking as a short-term measure to encourage people to return to retail and leisure destinations.
The meeting will be told that prior to coronavirus restrictions the county’s car parks remained popular; and how the charges in place contributed to a turnover of spaces with the vast majority of people parking for less than two hours.
It will be suggested that removing all parking charges would lead to people parking all day. The alternative of offering free parking after 2pm would prevent all day parking and target the hours which tend to be naturally more quiet for traders.
Cabinet will be asked to agree the proposal to introduce free parking after 2pm each day, and to authorise this policy being reviewed every three months.
The meeting will hear the resultant loss in income would be covered by the council’s funding allocation from the government for expense associated with the pandemic.
Cllr Carl Marshall, the council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We recognise that the last 12 months have been really tough for everyone and that businesses have suffered financially as a result of having to close for long periods.
“Yet now we have the prospect of restrictions being lifted, we can look forward to brighter times ahead with shops and leisure venues able to reopen; allowing people to get out and enjoy themselves once again and providing a much-needed boost to our economy.
“We want to do everything we can to support residents and businesses as we emerge from lockdown, and are therefore really pleased to be looking to introduce free parking in our town centres after 2pm.
“Improving access to town centres in this way can only be beneficial for both residents and businesses and crucially making parking free after 2pm will increase footfall at what is traditionally a quiet time; helping our economy to recover from the impacts of coronavirus.”
People with health conditions are to receive guidance on how they can vote in the forthcoming elections.
Voters in the Durham County Council area will go to the polls for the county council, Police and Crime Commissioner and parish council elections on Thursday, 6 May. These elections will take place at a time when coronavirus continues to present risks to public health.
Those electors that have previously been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore advised to take precautionary shielding measures, will shortly receive a letter informing them of the voting options available and aims to support them making the right decision about how to cast their vote in May.
There are three ways that voters can cast their vote at the May elections – by visiting a polling station, or registering for a postal vote or by proxy vote.
Polling stations will be open on 6 May and will have safety measures in place. Voters will be encouraged to keep themselves and others safe at the polling station by:
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of coronavirus, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.
Voters wishing to vote by post should apply now by completing a postal vote application form. A form can be requested from the electoral services team by calling 03000 261212 or downloaded from www.durham.gov.uk/postalvote
Postal application forms must be returned to Electoral Services, Durham County Council, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL. The deadline for receipt of a completed postal vote application is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Voters who are not able to vote in person can ask someone they trust to cast their vote for them. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting the vote is often referred to as a proxy.
The person can either go to the elector’s polling station to cast the vote or can apply to vote for the elector by post. To apply for a proxy vote, contact the electoral services team on 03000 261212. A form can also be downloaded from www.durham.gov.uk/elections
Those wishing to vote at a polling station, by post, or by proxy must first be registered to vote. This can be done online in just five minutes by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
1.Next Board Meeting
The next virtual Board Meeting of the East Durham AAP will be held on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 6pm via Microsoft Teams.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please email email@example.com to be added to the list.
2.Towns and Villages Programme
Durham County Council’s Towns and Villages Programme is transforming communities across County Durham, improving the areas where people live, work and visit. The council have listened to the issues we have told them are of most concern and have plans to address them. The council’s recent investments include phase two of the development work at Dalton Park, improvements to the retail parade in Murton and ongoing work to develop Peterlee retail park. It has refurbished car parks in Seaham, replaced the Aldi store in Peterlee and opened a new multi-million-pound train station at Horden. It also has Durham Villages Regeneration and Believe Housing schemes in Peterlee and Seaham, a Chapter Homes housing development in Seaham and continued developments at Jade Business Park.
Upcoming plans include:
• Free Wi-Fi in the town centre and digital training for retailers
• The return of the popular Seaham Food Festival
• The continuation of the Seaham Townscape Heritage project to restore buildings and improve spaces
• A community housing scheme
• New leisure facilities as part of leisure transformation programme
• A19 junction improvements south of Seaham
• Demolition of the former Easington Colliery School and creation of a temporary park
• Parking schemes at Easington Villages and Parkside
• Walking and cycling improvements south of Pesspool Wood to Wingate and improvements to the Murton and Dalton Park link
• Regulation of private landlords with selective licensing across the area
• Tackling empty properties across the area
Find out more at: www.durham.gov.uk/townsandvillages
3. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service – Community Risk Management Plan Online Consultation
Have your say on the plans for the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service – Community Risk Management Plan. From 8th February 2021 – 23rd March 2021, you can take part in their online consultation. They will be gathering views from communities across the whole of County Durham. This year, they will be doing an online consultation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out the website below to read the short report and take part in the consultation:
4. PACT Meetings
The next local Peterlee PACT meeting will be held on 5 March 2021 between 7pm and 8pm. Meeting dates will be shared on the Facebook pages below and Keep in the Know.
5. Durham Youth Council Young People’s Awards 2021
This year, DYC have been tasked with planning and hosting an awards event to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people and those that support and advocate for young people.
The event is planned for the Easter Holidays and the nomination processes have now started. You don’t have to be a ‘professional’ to nominate, anyone can nominate a person or young person for the awards. Nominations close 19 March 2021.
6.Eastlea Community Centre – New Kitchen
A new community kitchen is helping to provide hundreds of meals for residents who are vulnerable or isolating across County Durham. The transformation of Eastlea Community Centre in Seaham is now helping to provide much needed support to residents in East Durham, thanks to our funding support. Our East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) provided a £5,000 grant contribution from local members Cllrs Eddie and Jennifer Bell’s Neighbourhood Budgets, in order to refurbish the outdated kitchen. A further grant of £10,000 was also issued by the National Lottery’s Awards for All Community Fund. Further information can be found via the link below:
7. Citizens Advice County Durham
Please find the latest edition of the CACD Newsletter below.
All courses currently offered by DurhamWorks can be found via the link below:
The CACD DurhamWorks Team now also have a Tik Tok presence, so if you’d like to watch their videos, share them and get in touch or comment on their employability tips, please follow:
8. School Holiday Activities
We have worked with partners across East Durham AAP and County Durham to provide a range of activities for children during the school holidays. From doorstep gigs to family cook-alongs,
check out our highlight video for some of the best bits! It’s fantastic to see so many happy, smiling faces.
East Durham AAP had a funding pot of £4,000 which was made available for activities for children, young people and families during the February half term holidays in 2021. The scheme supported local community groups and organisations based in the East Durham AAP area to deliver enriching holiday activities with healthy food provision during the February half term holiday.
9. Mental Health and Emotional Support Services
Please see the attached information around mental health and emotional support services available to adults, children, young people and families in County Durham.
1o. Healthwatch County Durham – COVID Vaccine Programme Survey
Healthwatch County Durham are undertaking a survey on the COVID Vaccine Programme and would like to know your thoughts. Closing date is 26th February 2021.
A link to the survey can be found below:
We hope you find the information useful and please be aware that all of the officers from the East Durham AAP Team are, along with all AAP staff countywide, other DCC colleagues and partners, continuing to work as hard as possible for the residents and communities that we serve.
Please note that all the AAP Team continue to work from home, however, we are all contactable on our usual e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
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