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New car parking rules in England will see drivers given 'grace period' to prevent unfair fines

Drivers could avoid costly fines within months thanks to a new car parking loophole. The upcoming Code of Practice introduces several driving regulations set to enhance consistency and uphold standards for motorists across the nation amidst the ongoing motorists' feud.Read more...

June 17, 2024

Bus service confidence 'at all time low'

Public confidence in a county's bus service is at an "all time low", transport bosses have been warned.Despite a multimillion investment plan to "improve connectivity" in County Durham, timetable changes and cost-cutting measures by operators have hit services and public trust.Read more ...

June 14, 2024

Polling Stations for Blaydon and Consett Constituency

With the upcoming election scheduled for Thursday, 4 July 2024, it is important for residents of Consett and the surrounding areas to know where they can cast their votes and who the candidates are. The polling stations will be open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here is a comprehensive guide to the polling stations and the candidates running for the Blaydon and Consett constituency.Read more...

June 14, 2024

Consett Area Youth Consultation

Tell us how you would like the Consett Area to look by 2036. What can we all do to improve on what we already have? What ideas do you have to ensure the continued and positive growth of the Consett Area?  Read more...

May 22, 2024

Iron Men of Consett

Building Self- Belief are currently delivering and Employability Programme at Consett Academy. As part of the sessions, we discuss the importance of volunteering and how impressive this is to employers – especially when young people are channelling their energy into a good cause.Read more...

May 3, 2024

'We want to save lives' - Holly Newton's parents bid to buy lifesaving bleed kits after teen's death

The parents of stabbed teen Holly Newton have launched a fundraising mission they hope will help spare other families the heartache they have endured.Holly, 15 died in hospital after she was allegedly attacked with a blade outside a pizza shop in Hexham town centre last January. A teenage boy also injured in the incident survived. Now Holly's mum and step-dad Micala and Lee Trussler have set-up a new non-profit organisation called Holly's Hope, which aims to raise money to and install life-savin...

May 3, 2024

UK charities hiring staff with ‘privilege not potential’, report author warns

Charities are hiring staff with “privilege rather than potential”, according to the author of a report highlighting the stark class divide in the sector.Working-class people are less likely to be hired by charities than by employers in the public and private sectors, said the EY Foundation, which supports young people from low-income backgrounds to progress in professional roles.Read more...

May 1, 2024

Four new car parking rules coming in October 2024 that all drivers need to know about

Drivers are being warned about new car parking rules that will come into effect in 2024.The new Code of Practice aims to raise standards and improve consistency for motorists across the country. The IPC code will be published in June before coming into effect this autumn.Read more...

May 1, 2024

Today is the deadline to apply for emergency photo ID for local May elections: Here's how to apply

Wednesday marks the final day anyone without the correct form of photo ID to take part in next week’s local, mayoral and police commissioner elections can apply.Every voter in England and Wales will be able to cast a ballot in at least one type of election on May 2.Read more...

April 24, 2024

History of Consett Q and A – Local Mysteries now Solved!

As part of Building Self-Belief’s series of events about Consett’s heritage, local Historian Brian Harrison agreed to be in the spotlight for our Consett’s History Q and A session. We decided to change the format, and instead of delivering a talk, in advance of the session Brian was sent a series of questions that he had to research in preparation for the evening. What evolved was a lively and engaging event where every single person n the room learnt something new!Here is a selection of s...

April 12, 2024

A step along the road to decarbonisation, with the first Net Zero asphalt in Durham

A new material which takes carbon out of the atmosphere has been used to resurface a North East road in a UK first.Read more...

April 11, 2024

Transport, transport, transport: North East Mayor candidates make their election promises

Political Correspondent Tom Sheldrick took a trip on the Tyne and Wear Metro to find out what North East Mayor candidates are promising if they get elected in MayRead more ...

April 11, 2024

Preserving Green Spaces in the Consett Area

The allocation of Green Spaces has been suggested as the starting point for our Consett Area Neighbourhood Plan. We have the advantage of living in a beautiful place, and as an area, we are on the edge of  the North Pennines, classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Help us preserve and enhance the beauty of our area....

April 10, 2024

Government delays decision on incinerator opposed by Steve Barclay

The government has temporarily banned permits for new incinerator plants in England, including one the Environment Secretary Steve Barclay is fighting to stop being built in his constituency.Read more here...

April 9, 2024

County Durham councillor selected to stand in new North East seat in next General Election

A Consett county councillor has been chosen to stand as a parliamentary candidate in a newly formed North East constituency that includes her town.Click here to read more...

April 9, 2024

Boundary changes may reduce access to MPs in UK’s poorest areas, research finds

Some of Britain’s most deprived communities could find it harder to get parliamentary representation based on how UK constituencies have been redrawn, according to research backed by anti-poverty campaigners.The latest boundary review was meant to equalise constituencies, redrawing the outline of MPs’ seats on the basis of the electoral roll, but did not take the actual populations into account.The result is that some new MPs will be supporting as many as 50% more constituents than others, w...

March 14, 2024

Durham Police antisocial behaviour victims can demand policing review in 'UK first' scheme

Victims of anti-social behaviour will be able to demand an independent review if they are not satisfied with how officers have responded under a new scheme.People living within the area covered by Durham Police will be able to request a review if they have reported three or more instances of anti-social behaviour but the offences continue.It is considered the first scheme of its kind in the country.John McGee knows more than most about the issue, having said it made him feel nervous to be in his...

March 14, 2024

North East to get 1.5% of HS2 savings

County Durham is to receive £72.8mn to improve local transport, paid for from the £36bn that the government expects to have saved by scrapping high-speed rail between Birmingham and Manchester (HS2).Durham’s grant is the only money coming the North East’s way from the total of £4.7bn that ministers said today would be allocated to the North and Midlands from HS2 savings.It means the North East’s share amounts to approximately 1.5% of the total, the rest of which will go to eight council...

March 4, 2024

UK public services will buckle under planned spending cuts, economists warn

Britain’s stretched public services will buckle under the weight of the spending cuts being planned for after the election, economists have warned, as Jeremy Hunt prepares for another round of tax reductions in next week’s budget.Experts say the level of public sector spending pencilled in for the next parliament would mean cuts equivalent to those undertaken by David Cameron’s government from 2010 to 2015. Some have warned the next government will not be able to implement them, ...

February 26, 2024

Concern as more councils in England and Wales plan to turn off street lights

The county of Norfolk contains some of the best stargazing spots in the UK and was one of the few places where it was possible to see the spectacle of the aurora borealis this winter, thanks to its dark skies unsullied by light pollution.But the council’s attempts to plunge Norfolk roads into further darkness are being contested by groups worried about personal safety, particularly for women out alone.The majority of councils across England and Wales have introduced measures to dim or cut stre...

February 26, 2024

The North and Midlands will receive £4.7 billion to spend on transport infrastructure, after the government cancelled the HS2 rail line north of Birmingham

Rishi Sunak has set out how transport funding redirected from the government’s abandoned HS2 plans will be shared across regional councils as he holds a Cabinet meeting in Yorkshire and the Humber.The North of England will be allocated £2.5 billion and the Midlands will receive £2.2 billion made available after the northern leg of the flagship levelling-up project was axed.Transport Secretary Mark Harper defended the government's decision on HS2: "Rather than spendin...

February 26, 2024

Solar farm approval was unlawful, judge says

Article from BBC NewsCampaigners are celebrating after a High Court judge said a council's approval of plans for a solar farm was unlawful.Approved by Durham County Council, Lightsource bp's contentious plans to transform a 92-hectare site near Burnhope into a huge solar farm are fiercely opposed by residents.Villagers challenged the proposals with a judicial review, which has now concluded with a judge's order to quash planning permission.The council said it was "disappointed" but accepted the ...

February 26, 2024

Victory as High Court dismisses Consett Incinerator appeal

Article by Bill EdgarProject Genesis hoped to overrule thousands of objections from residents and planning refusals from Durham County Council and the government to build the energy facility at the Hownsgill Industrial Park, near Delves Lane. The local developer said the outcome was “extremely disappointing” and hit out at political interference and the ‘Not In My Back Yard’ culture around the proposal. It also accused protest groups of scaremongering and spreading misinformation.&n...

February 22, 2024

Consett incinerator plans rejected by High Court

Article by Bill Edgar & Sam ThomsonDevelopers Project Genesis wanted to build the energy plant but faced opposition from the council and campaigners.Rejecting the appeal, Mr Justice Fordam said he was not persuaded by any of the arguments the developers had entered.Project Genesis said the decision was "extremely disappointing" and accused protest groups of "scaremongering".The High Court refusal centred around the significant harm to the character and appearance of the landscape, and how it...

February 22, 2024

Rishi Sunak criticises local authorities for requesting steep council tax rises

Councils in England are facing a widespread funding crisis after seeing their grant funding from central government fall by 40% from 2010 to 2020. Eight English councils, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Croydon, have issued so-called section 114 notices in recent years, in effect declaring themselves bankrupt.Read on HERE...

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