This week’s County Newsbits includes a low carbon success, three important DCC consultations, local council meetings, and the latest GAMP and HealthWatch newsletters. And don’t forget that next week sees the Heritage Open Days for lots of free and reduced-price places to go.

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• Durham County News is published.

• DCC Low Carbon team praised by Interreg Europe.

• DCC consultation – Health Visiting and School Nursing Service.

• DCC consultation – Street Work Permit Scheme.

• DCC consultation – Long Term Empty Property Council Tax Premium.

• Applications for primary and secondary schools now open.

• GAMP e-bulletin, September 2019 (including Public Rep Board vacancies; funding awards; Wellbeing for Life/ suicide prevention; adult learning & skills).

• GATC Environment and Recreation Committees, Wednesday 4 September (including vandalism in the town’s parks; Aycliffe Village Green; Stephenson Way Cemetery hedge; West Park lakes).

• Middridge Parish Council meeting, Monday 2 September (including Eldon Whins roadworks; ‘The Paddock’ meadow; Flooding).

• Friends of the S&DR AGM Chair’s Report.

• HealthWatch County Durham news update (including business collaboration; changes to repeat prescriptions; emergency support for unpaid carers; maternity entitlements).

• World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September.

• A Newton News history of Newton Aycliffe.

• The shrinking ice-cap (terrifying).



• Explore with County Durham Heritage Open Days, 13-22 September – including free entry to many local attractions.


• The ‘Big Story’ on POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio, 6-7:30pm, Sunday 15 September will be ‘A Green New Deal?’ with Cllrs Maura McKeon and Kathryn Beetham, and listener-guests Carl Mustill and Mark Rowcroft: