A significant Environment Scrutiny meeting, a town council appeal, a Middridge Parish Council achievement, two important NHS consultations, and good news on plastics, Aycliffe Business Park and the Newton Press … along with ideas of things to do next weekend and the latest on POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio.

Find out more about all the following on my blog at: bit.ly/CNB132


• DCC Environment Scrutiny meeting, Friday 4 October (Climate Emergency consultation, SUPs update).

• Don’t say Climate Change, say Pollution.

• DCC’s SUP efforts have been awarded best waste prevention project.

• Winter opening hours at Heighington Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre will be 9am to 3:30pm until the end of March.

• Great Aycliffe Town Council: Santa needs THREE flat back, 3 seater vehicles to enable his Christmas Eve Santa Tours to go ahead – please contact rachel.goddard@great-aycliffe.gov.uk

• Middridge Parish Council: New streetlights for Walker’s Lane will be installed 15-20th October.

• The NHS has launched public consultations on ‘Stroke Rehabilitation Services’ and ‘Ward 6 Bishop Auckland’.

• A ‘The Pharmacy is for Everyone’ campaign to make pharmacies “the first port of call” has been launched.

• Friends of the S&DR meeting, Thursday 3 October.

• Aycliffe Business Park is booming at the moment (with good news from Finley, Stiller, and the EMCON 2019 exhibition).

• Well done Newton Press, shortlisted for the ‘Made in the North East’ Awards 2019.

• The North East is one of the most welcoming regions to Syrian refugees.



• Durham Book Festival, 5-13 October.

• Norman Cornish exhibition, Greenfield Arts, 10 October-11 December.

• Guided walk ‘From Romans to Railways in the Gaunless Valley’ (5hrs / 7.5 miles) – meet 10am Wednesday 16 October behind Hollands Tractors at St Helen Auckland, DL14 9AX, £4.

• ‘Go Guerilla Girls’ protest artists (5-11s), Palace Green Library Durham, drop-in 1-3pm, 19-20 October, FREE.


• The guest on POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio, 6-7pm, Sunday 13 October will be Phil Wilson MP: bit.ly/ARLIVE