Here is this week’s update on developments in the Council and community.


This week’s Cabinet meeting approved a Medium Term Financial Plan looking to invest more than £145 million in services and development projects, plus a Climate Emergency Response Action Plan which, for a Council investment of £3 million, may leverage up to £50 million-worth of carbon-saving projects which will benefit both the environment and the economy. This week also, DCC announced that it has secured £½ million Urban Tree Challenge funding to plant trees in towns.

It is wonderful also to hear that DCC is preparing to launch a new Youth Council – giving a Voice to Youth.

As we get to hear about next year’s Council Tax, I have written explanations of why Durham’s Council Tax is so high, and why Aycliffe pays two council taxes. I have also published my (very non-expert) reply to the government’s Future Homes consultation.


Other County Newsbits this week include:

• Have you signed up for this year’s garden waste collections?

• Friends of the S&DR meeting, Thursday 6 February.

• It is Regional Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week.

• Latest Coronavirus information and advice.

As always, there is more about all these issues on my blog at: