Since the Aldi store opened last Thursday a number of my constituents contacted me to express their delight at the completion of this phase of the Town Centre rejuvenation.

There were some concerns regarding the new pedestrian crossing adjacent to the new store, and having seen the site I agreed that it could quickly become a muddy eyesore.

I contacted Mr Collins the Director of Neighbourhood Services at Durham County Council who has now confirmed that remedial work will be carried out and weather permitting should be completed within four weeks.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all those who contacted me and to remind my constituents that my Town Centre office operates an open door policy and is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday however it helps to call first on 01325 321603.”