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This week’s important articles are on the DCC Council and Economy Scrutiny meetings.  You will want to support Durham Cathedral and (if you are under 25) do the Digital Engagement Survey.  Residents in School Aycliffe will be interested in the proposed residential development there.


• DCC Budget-setting Council meeting, Wednesday 22 February

• DCC Economy Scrutiny, Thursday 23 February

• 95% of the county’s Secondary school applicants have been given their first choice

• DCC gritters have been salting 1,733km of priority 1 routes in Co Durham this winter

• Public Reps sought for GAMP

• School funding cuts to fall harder on the North-East

• No waiting lists for County Durham Care Homes

• Town Council Meetings, Wednesday 22 February

• Latest Roadworks information


• Please support Durham Cathedral for Countryfile’s Heritage Site of the Year

• National Police Chiefs’ Council ‘Digital Engagement Survey’ for the under-24s

• Much harsher punishments for using a mobile phone when driving

• HealthWatch County Durham February newsletter

• Crafter’s Companion is one of the country’s top 100 SME exporters

• Construction work is set to begin on NETPark’s new £7.4m Explorer development

• New residential development proposed at West School Aycliffe

• Work has begun on the bridge at West Park

• Learn about the Chinese terracotta army at the Durham Oriental Museum family activity, Saturday 11 March, 1-3pm

• Model Railway Exhibition, Newton Aycliffe Youth & Community Centre, Saturday 11 March, 10am-5pm, Adults £4, Children 50pphone 07870 210 269