Council Services Your Guide to
Central and East Durham
Welcome to the 2017 edition of your Guide to Council Services Your guide is localised to your area. But you can see the other local guides online at www.durham.gov.uk/aboutus
Inside... Area Action Partnerships in your area
How to contact local councillors
Education, schools and learning
Culture and sport
Have your say
Advice and benefits
Planning and building control
Social care and health for adults 13-17
Community and living
Travel and transport
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Chester-le-Street (Cestria Community Housing Hub, Front Street) Durham (Millennium Place) Seaham (St John’s Square) Spennymoor (Green Lane)
Open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. For queries about council tax and housing benefit please make an appointment, call 03000 26 0000.
You can also speak to us about council tax and housing benefits at: Peterlee East Durham Homes Office, Castle Dene Shopping Centre - Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
Call 03000 26 0000 to make an appointment.
Customer service enquiries
(24 hour emergency options available)
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Benefits 03000 26 2000 Council tax 03000 26 4000 Streetscene, highways and street lighting (including rubbish and recycling and local environmental issues)
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24/7 payment line 0300 456 2771 Social Care Direct/ First Contact 03000 26 79 79 (your first point of contact if you are concerned about a child or young person, or need social care help and support)
Area Action Partnerships Area Action Partnerships: Working in your area We have 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) throughout County Durham. They all have budget to spend on local projects which have been decided by local people. Each year local people help choose the AAP’s priorities for the area – the big issues they want to see tackled. The AAPs then use their budget to support projects working in these key areas. Priorities can vary from helping people into employment, to supporting voluntary and community projects, to providing opportunities for children and young people. You can be part of this too. Get in touch with your local AAP. Find out more at www.durham.gov.uk/aaps
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Durham Case study: Wheels to work
In rural areas, getting to work can be the biggest challenge. Stanley AAP, Chester-leStreet and District AAP and Mid Durham AAP are oﬀering a wheely innovative solution.
Unemployed residents with a confirmed job oﬀer, or people with a job or in education or training who are finding it hard to get to work using public transport, can borrow a scooter for up to six months under the Wheels to Work scheme.
To qualify, residents must live within these AAP areas and not have any alternative transport options available to them.
Find out more at www.wheelstowork.org and click County Durham. Email info@wheelstowork or call Gina 07460 068 668 or Susan on 07472 668 884.
Mid Durham AAP Achievements:
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Supported two community centres to gain over £1million of Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding for rebuilding projects. Supported three projects, which have helped nearly 2,000 local residents who are suﬀering from the impact of welfare reform, with volunteers from a clothes bank winning a Chairman’s medal. Supported four projects which help people manage their money better, bring people and communities together to tackle social isolation and tackle energy efficiency.
Email: email@example.com Call: 07818 510 370 Search for Mid Durham Area Action Partnership on Facebook
Help set our AAP priorities for 2017/18. You could influence where our funding is targeted and help make your neighbourhood a better place to live and work. Find out more about your AAP and how to get involved at www.durham.gov.uk/aaps
East Durham Rural Corridor
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Spennymoor AAP Achievements:
Generated over £240,000 matched funding for the local community. Supported 20 individuals into employment and 100 people into voluntary work. Created 32 apprenticeships for local people.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 03000 261 136 Sign up to our Forum for all the latest news Check out www.gospenny.com Search for Spennymoor Area Action Partnership on Facebook
3 Towns Partnership Covers Crook, Willington, Tow Law and surrounding villages Achievements:
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Building work has started on a new leisure facility at Peases West. The project received a £500,000 grant after local people voted for the project at a participatory budget event. A multi-partner project to develop Glenholme Park in Crook began with the park hosting the Big Brass Bash Tour and the creation of a new £85,000 skate park featuring 27 elements. Further phases are now being developed. The 3 Towns youth forum recruited six new members who have received training and awarded 10 grants this year resulting in opportunities for 725 children and young people.
Email: email@example.com Call: 03000 267 539 Search for 3 Towns Area Action Partnership on Facebook Sign up to our regular e-bulletins
Area Action Partnerships East Durham AAP Achievements:
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Their summer programme 2016 provided exciting activities and nutritious meals for over 3,500 children and young people during the school holidays. The Debt First Aiders project created a team of 14 volunteers who have delivered over 9,000 sessions to help people in the downward spiral of debt, with additional support for those with energy-related debt issues. Held a Talking Dementia Conference to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on individuals, their families and the community. Follow up work included a speciallyadapted drama for young people and an art exhibition.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 03000 262 054 Search for East Durham Area Action Partnership on Facebook
Case study: East Durham Community Job Clubs
Regular community job clubs, supported by East Durham AAP, are helping people in East Durham get into work.
Held in local community venues, the 11 job clubs across East Durham, are used by over 800 people with 60 having gained employment already.
Delivered by volunteers, the job clubs oﬀer support in preparing CVs; access to computers to apply for jobs; and direct access to employers with some now directly recruiting from the job clubs. In addition, the camaraderie helps people feel comfortable using the clubs and increases their confidence. Find out more by calling East Durham Trust on 0191 569 3511.
How to contact
your local councillors
Local councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They work to improve the quality of life for people within their area and make decisions about local issues.
We have 126 county councillors in total. Full list at www.durham.gov.uk/councillorsinfo Belmont
Patrick Conway Tel. 03000 268 698
Katie Corrigan Tel. 03000 268 700
Bill Moir Tel. 03000 268 749
Rob Crute Tel. 03000 268 702
Lynn Pounder Tel. 03000 268 762
Paul Taylor Tel. 03000 268 779
John Turnbull Tel. 03000 268 785
Jan Blakey Tel. 03000 268 685
Maria Plews Tel. 03000 268 760
This seat is currently vacant.
Sonia Forster Tel. 03000 268 707
Kevin Shaw Tel. 03000 268 768
David Bell Tel. 03000 268 680
Anne Bonner Tel. 03000 268 687
Jean Chaplow Tel. 03000 268 693
Eddie Bell Tel. 03000 268 681
Jennifer Bell Tel. 03000 268 682
David Stoker Tel. 07971 963 877 0191 303 8181 LIB DEM
Elvet and Gilesgate Elvet and Gilesgate
David Boyes Tel. 03000 268 688 0191 527 0534 LABOUR Witton Gilbert
Richard Ormerod Tel. 03000 268 758
Barbara Armstrong Tel. 03000 268 674
Joe Armstrong Tel. 03000 268 675
Framwellgate and Framwellgate and Newton Hall Framwellgate and
and Esh and WittonEsh Gilbert
David Freeman Tel. 03000 268 709
Amanda Hopgood Tel. 03000 268 726
Angela Surtees Tel. 03000 268 778
Not sure which ward you live in? Check out our interactive map at www.durham .gov.uk/ councillorsinfo
Mamie Simmons Tel. 03000 268 771 0191 386 9006 LIB DEM
Mark Wilkes Tel. 03000 268 788
June Clark Tel. 03000 268 697
Paul Stradling Tel. 03000 268 777
Nevilleâ€™s Cross Nevilles Cross
Joyce Maitland Tel. 03000 268 740
Alan Napier Tel. 03000 268 753
Grenville Holland Tel. 0191 384 2931
Nigel Martin Tel. 03000 268 743
Joan Maslin Tel. 03000 268 744
DURHAM IND GROUP
Peterlee EastPeterlee East
Got a question about councillors? Contact our Democratic Services on 03000 269 714.
Peterlee West Peterlee West
Harry Bennett Tel. 03000 268 684
Audrey Laing Tel. 03000 268 734
Jimmy Alvey Tel. 03000 268 673
Jan Measor Tel. 03000 268 747
Geraldine Bleasdale Tel. 03000 268 686
Sue Morrison Tel. 03000 268 750
David Hall Tel. 03000 268 716
Bill Kellett Tel. 03000 268 715
Shotton and Shotton and South Hetton
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Trimdon and Trimdon and Thornley Thornley
Trimdon and Thornley
Eunice Huntington Tel. 03000 268 729
Alan Liversidge Tel. 03000 268 783
Peter Brookes Tel. 03000 268 689
Lucy Hovvels Tel. 03000 268 728
Morris Nicholls Tel. 03000 268 755
Willington and Willington and Hunwick Hunwick
What can my councillors do for me? Advise or point you in the right direction if you are dissatisfied with a council service. Talk to you at surgeries about problems or your ideas to improve your area.
Olwyn Gunn Tel. 03000 268 714
Fraser Tinsley Tel. 03000 268 691
Leo Taylor Tel. 03000 268 780
Put forward proposals to improve your ward and campaign on local issues. Support local partnerships and organisations. Help fund projects that benefit your ward.
Have your say We want everyone who lives in, works or visits County Durham to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. Hereâ€™s how:
Area Action Partnerships (AAPs): You can become a member of your AAP forum and raise issues important to you and your community. Find out more on pages 4-7.
Consultations: We will consult and involve as many people as possible when reviewing and running services. Visit our website for details of current consultations. www.durham.gov.uk/consultation
Overview and Scrutiny: Our Overview and Scrutiny Committees make the decision-making processes more transparent, accountable and inclusive. They challenge decisions so improvements can be made and aim to improve services for people by being responsive to their needs. Find out more at: www.durham.gov.uk/scrutiny email email@example.com
Voting in elections: To vote in the county and parish election to be held on 4 May 2017 you need to be on the Register of Electors. The deadline to be registered in time for this election is Thursday 13 April 2017. You can check if you are registered by contacting electoral services. If you are not registered, you can register online or request a registration form from us. www.gov.uk/register-to-vote www.durham.gov.uk/voting email firstname.lastname@example.org 11
Advice and benefits Advice and assistance to point you in the right direction. Welfare Rights advice The Welfare Rights Service can give you advice and information on benefits and tax credits, including checking you’re getting the right amount and advising what might happen if your circumstances change. We can often act on your behalf or represent you at an appeal tribunal hearing. 03000 268 968 Mon-Fri 9am-12noon email email@example.com
Claiming benefits from the council If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help to pay your rent and council tax. You can apply online. www.durham.gov.uk/applyforit or contact us at 03000 26 2000.
Reporting housing benefit fraud Benefit fraud costs all taxpayers. If you suspect someone of fraud, report it anonymously. Online at www.gov.uk Call the National Benefit Hotline on 0800 854 440.
Reporting Council Tax fraud If you suspect council tax reduction fraud, single person discount fraud, or any other fraud against the council, report it to us. Call 03000 266 745 Email corporatefraudteam@ durham.gov.uk
Council Tax Pay your council tax online, by direct debit or through our automated payment line 0300 456 2771. www.durham.gov.uk/counciltax 03000 26 4000
Immigration and asylum If you’re from another country and want legal residence in the UK, visit www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk If you are homeless and need advice, contact Housing Solutions. 03000 268 000.
Citizens Advice Free and independent help to resolve legal, money and other problems or get advice on benefits and tax credits. 03444 111 444. Find your local bureau at www.citizensadvice.org.uk Find out about your consumer rights. 03454 04 05 06 www.adviceguide.org.uk
Advice in County Durham Visit www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk to find out where you can access local support and advice on a range of issues.
Loan sharks Report loan sharks in confidence. 0300 555 2222, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re unable to pay for daily essentials, such as food or heating, and have no other immediate financial assistance, our Welfare Assistance Scheme may be able to help you. www.durham.gov.uk/welfareassistance 03000 267 900 12
Social care and health for adults
Adult social care services provide support to the most vulnerable people in our community. This includes: •
People with a physical disability
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People with a learning disability People with a sensory loss
People with substance misuse or alcohol misuse People with mental health needs
Locate - Care and support in County Durham If you live in County Durham and think you need care and support, your first step should be to visit our Locate website. Locate hosts a range of information and advice, including details of organisations that can help you live as independently as possible. If you have difficulty using the internet, ask a carer, friend or relative to help you. You can also take advantage of free computer access at your local library although booking is advisable. www.durhamlocate.org.uk 13
Social Care Direct If you can’t access Locate you can speak to a social care worker at Social Care Direct.
03000 26 79 79 Open Monday-Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. An out of hours EMERGENCY service is also available on the same telephone number. SMS text message 07786 027 280 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/socialcaredirect Social Care Direct can provide advice and information and guide you to organisations that can help you live independently. It can also take referrals for a care and support assessment if appropriate.
Care and support assessment and eligibility The aim of an assessment is to identify what care and support needs you or any person caring for you may have. If you are assessed as having eligible needs, you may be entitled to care and support from the council. If you are not eligible, we can put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to help you. A fact sheet entitled Eligibility criteria for adults with care and support needs is available on the Locate website. If you are eligible for support, you will be allocated a Personal Budget to meet your eligible care and support needs. There are diﬀerent ways in which you can manage your budget such as receiving Direct Payments or having services organised for you by social care staﬀ. If you wish to apply for help with costs you will require a financial assessment. 14
Equipment Advice Service
Care Connect oﬀers an alarm
The service can help you find products that will enable you to carry out everyday tasks around the home, meaning you can maintain your independence. Advice is provided over the phone or by email or you can make an appointment to visit our Independent Living House in Spennymoor. 03000 265 667, email firstname.lastname@example.org
monitoring and response service 24/7, sending staﬀ direct to your home in emergency situations. 03000 262 195 www.durham.gov.uk/careconnect
Stair lift servicing We oﬀer stair lift and platform lift maintenance services. Fully-trained tradespeople will provide a troublefree annual lift servicing package from as little as £72.60. Call 03000 269 359.
Adult protection If you know someone who has, or needs, care services and is being neglected or abused.
See it, Report it Contact Social Care Direct on 03000 26 79 79 24/7 More information about adult protection is available at www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info
Support for carers A range of support services are provided for carers of all ages through local carer support organisations. Services include advice and emotional or practical support. There’s also a Carers Emergency Support Service. If you are 18+ contact Durham County Carers Support 0300 005 1213 If you are under 18 contact Family Action “The Bridge” on 0191 383 2520 www.durham.gov.uk/carers
Adult carers can join the carers mailing list to receive our free carers magazine. 03000 261 381 www.durham.gov.uk/carers 15
Help in difficult times County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services
Domestic abuse and outreach services
Providing substance misuse services for adults, young people and families across County Durham. Please call 03000 266 666 to find your nearest Recovery Centre. All self-referrals are welcome.
Outreach and refuge services are available across the county to support victims of domestic abuse.
HIV - support for adults
Harbour Support Services: 03000 20 25 25 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/domesticabuse
Social Care Direct can provide information on how we can help you. 03000 26 79 79 www.durham.gov.uk/hivsupport
Gay Advice Darlington and Durham: 01325 355 551
Macmillan cancer information and support centre
Harbour Support Service Refuge, Peterlee and East Durham: 0191 586 8890
Information and support for anyone aﬀected by cancer. 0808 808 00 00
Contraception and sexual health Testing and treatment services for sexually transmitted infections, sexual health and contraception at your local hospital. Visit www.cddft.nhs.uk and search for ‘GUM’. For contraceptive advice, pregnancy testing and infection testing in the local community, call the County Durham and Darlington Sexual Health Services Central Booking Line Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on 0191 372 8700.
Durham Women’s Refuge: 0191 386 5951
Stone Meadow House, Derwentside: 01207 282 193 Wear Valley Women’s Aid Refuge: 01388 600 094
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The FREE stop smoking service supporting County Durham residents to give up the habit and lead a healthier smokefree life. For more information or simply an informal chat about stopping smoking, please call our team of advisors on 0191 369 2016 or 0800 772 0565 or text QUIT to 66777. www.smokefreelifecountydurham.co.uk
Your wellbeing is about your happiness, your health, how involved you are in your community, the opportunities that are available to you, and the overall quality of your life. The wellbeing for life service is here to help and support you to make the changes you want. In your community you may want to: Be more physically active. Change what you eat or drink or stop smoking. Try something new. Find out how you can volunteer or help others. Find out how to get involved in your community. For more information call 0800 876 6887 www.wellbeingforlife.net
Community and living
Safer communities We want to help create safer communities where residents feel they belong and can contribute to community life.
If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour which is causing you or your family distress, you can report it by phone or online. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/asb For problems that require emergency assistance, call the police on 999.
Wardens patrol local areas to tackle environmental problems and reduce anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime. They can issue fixed penalty notices for crimes such as littering, dog fouling and graffiti. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/ neighbourhoodwardens
Hate crime Targeting people because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender is a crime. Everyone has the right to live free from fear. Call 101 www.durham.gov.uk/hatecrime
Community safety This service works in partnership with police, fire, health and probation services to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and re-oﬀending. 03000 26 0000, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/communitysafety Trading Standards Report rogue traders, the sale of counterfeit goods, unsafe products and underage sales of alcohol and tobacco to Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or visit www.advice.org.uk 18
Neighbourhood Watch Join a neighbourhood watch scheme to help make the area you live in a safe, friendly, pleasant place. Call 101 www.durham.gov.uk/NHW
Tattooists: reporting concerns We’re responsible for registering all tattooists and body-piercers. If you have concerns about someone who’s oﬀering these services, contact 03000 261 016.
Event safety information for organisers If you are planning an event, please contact the County Durham Safety Advisory Group for advice, guidance and support to ensure that your event is a safe one. email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/eventsafety
Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Service
We can provide sandbags for highways or your home when there are floods or severe weather warnings. www.durham.gov.uk/sandbags 03000 26 1000 (out-of-hours service available)
We work with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, the general public and key partners. We lead on the management of unauthorised encampments and provide support and advice when there are encampments on private land. 03000 26 1000 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/travellers
Emergencies Find out how you can help make your community more resilient to emergencies. County Durham and Darlington Civil Contingencies Unit. 03000 264 654 email email@example.com
Food safety Eating out? Check out the food hygiene rating of local food premises online at www.durham.gov.uk/foodhygienerating We carry out regular food safety and hygiene checks as well as investigating complains to ensure premises are safe and clean to serve food. Contact us if you have any concerns about a business premises near you. 03000 261 016 email firstname.lastname@example.org Gypsy, Roma, Traveller site management We manage six permanent residential Gypsy, Roma, Traveller sites in County Durham. 03000 264 932 email email@example.com
Warm Homes Campaign You could be one of the people in County Durham who benefits from a warmer home and lower energy bills. Subject to a survey on your home and income you may benefit from a range of partially or fully-funded energy efficiency measures.
Solutions available include:
l Replacement of an inefficient boiler * l FREE cavity wall insulation * l FREE loft insulation * l Advice on fuel tariďŹ€s
l Advice on saving energy
For more information call 03000 268 000
firstname.lastname@example.org *eligibility criteria apply
Need to check council decisions, boundaries and rights of way, or obtain copies of baptisms/marriage in church certificates?
Register offices and bereavement services Register offices To register births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships make an appointment at your local register office, call 03000 26 6000 Monday to Friday. All appointments must be booked in advance. We have nine register offices throughout the county, for full details visit www.durham.gov.uk/registeroffices Your local register office is: Aykley Heads House Register Office, Durham Bishop Auckland Register Office contains a strong room of indexes, records and registers going back to 1837. To make an appointment, call 03000 26 6000. You can order replacement birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates online at www.durham.gov.uk/registrars or by calling 03000 26 6000.
Want to trace your family history or find out what life was like in your home town? Then contact our Archives Service: 03000 267 619 email email@example.com www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk
Bereavement services Contact us to pre-purchase a grave plot in council-owned cemeteries. We also oďŹ€er a plot selection service and advice to people trying to trace family members who may be buried in council-owned cemeteries. 03000 26 0000 Contact town and parish councils direct for cemeteries owned by them.
Crematoriums There are two council-run crematoriums in County Durham. Central Durham Crematorium, Durham City 0191 384 8677 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durhamcrem.co.uk Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton 01207 570 255 email Mountsettcrem@durham.gov.uk www.durham.gov.uk/mountsettcrem
Fancy trying something new? Meeting new people? Learning new skills? Then volunteering could be for you. With so many fun ways to help other people or improve your neighbourhood, volunteering is incredibly rewarding. To find out more about volunteering opportunities in County Durham, contact Durham Community Action which provides a one-stop shop for volunteering. 01388 742 040, email email@example.com www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk Twitter @DurhamVolunteer Facebook search for Durham Community Action
There are lots of council activities you can volunteer to take part in. These include: • Archaeology • Archives and local history • Books on Wheels • Civic pride • Composter volunteer scheme • Culture and sport volunteering • Parks and countryside • Youth Oﬀending Service See www.durham.gov.uk/volunteering Check out www.do-it.org.uk the national volunteering website.
Volunteer Centre East Durham 0191 569 3511 www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk
County Durham is home to nine regular markets operating throughout the year and oﬀering a range of items. Your local markets are:
Durham City Market, Marketplace Saturday 9am-4pm Seaham Market, Church Street Friday 8am-4pm 21
Children’s services Sharing your home and heart Adoption Adoption is a lifelong commitment where a child who cannot live with their birth family lives permanently with the adopter. If you are thinking about adoption, get in touch. 03000 269 400 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/adoption
Fostering Make ordinary moments extraordinary, foster with Durham County Council. We provide advice, support and training for foster carers and would like to hear from you. 03000 269 400 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/fostering
We provide a range of services for children, young people and families. Private fostering If you have been looking after someone else's child, or someone else has been looking after your child for 28 days or more, this is classed as private fostering and the law says you must notify us about the arrangement. 03000 26 79 79 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/privatefostering
Supported Lodgings Durham Supported Lodgings Scheme provides accommodation and emergency placements for young people leaving care and vulnerable young people and adults. If you can oﬀer lodgings to a young or vulnerable person please get in touch. We can oﬀer up to £250 a week as payment and we will support you with advice and training. 03000 262 272 email supportedlodgings@ durham.gov.uk www.durham.gov.uk/supportedlodgings
Foster Xtra Foster Xtra is a specialist type of fostering, for children who need extra help to live as part of a family. These children may be struggling to cope with difficult times in their life and need special foster carers to give them extra support and understanding. 03000 269 400 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk 22
Breastfeeding Cafés Pregnant women and breastfeeding mums can drop in to our relaxed sessions oﬀering information, guidance and support from dedicated staﬀ. Find your local group at www.breastmilk.co.uk
Does your child complain they have nothing to do? Check out www.countydurhamfamilies.info or like www.facebook.com/youngdurham for events, news and young people’s activities.
Keeping children safe First Contact - Safeguarding children and their families If you have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person who lives in County Durham, call First Contact on 03000 26 79 79. First Contact brings together children's services staﬀ with partners such as Durham Constabulary and health services. First Contact is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am until 4.30pm on a Friday. 03000 26 79 79 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/firstcontact
A duty officer is available outside of normal office hours in an emergency.
County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services Providing substance misuse services for adults, young people and families across County Durham. Please call 03000 266 666 to find your nearest Recovery Centre. All self-referrals are welcome.
County Durham Youth Oﬀending Service (CDYOS) We work with young people aged 10-17 and their families to prevent re-oﬀending. We supervise court orders and youth cautions used as an alternative to going to court. We also support victims of youth crime. 03000 265 999
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Information and advice for families One Point The One Point Service brings together staﬀ from Durham County Council and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to provide early help and support for children and young people from 0-19 years (25 years if the child has a disability), and their families. We have ten One Point hubs across the county. For a full list see www.durham.gov.uk/onepoint Your nearest centres are at: Durham (Ushaw Moor) Peterlee (St Cuthbert’s Way) Seaham (Strangford Road) Or ring us on 03000 261 111 and we’ll put you through to the right One Point hub to help with your query.
FISCH - A weight management programme for primary school children. Contact your child’s school nurse.
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Families Information Service (FIS) FIS provides free and impartial information for families on childcare, family support, activities and more! We also have a Local Oﬀer section for families with 0-25 year olds who have special educational needs and disabilities. Visit: www.countydurhamfamilies.info Call: 0800 917 2 917
Young carers If you’re under 18 years of age and look after someone who can’t manage without your help, such as a parent or your brother or sister, you might be a young carer. To apply for an assessment or for more information, contact First Contact on 03000 26 79 79. We’ll work with you to see if there are any services that could help and support you. Your name
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Education, schools and learning
We want to help young people in County Durham develop and achieve their aspirations.
Schools School admissions
Apply for a place online at www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions For guidance, call 03000 265 896 or email email@example.com
If you can bring energy, experience and fresh ideas to support our schools, why not become a school governor? 03000 265 704 / 5, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/schoolgovernors
School closures When a school has to close at short notice due to bad weather or problems with heating we’ll tweet it @DurhamCouncil. Information is published on the Durham County Council website at www.durham.gov.uk/schoolclosures
Grants for school shoes and coats The School Benevolent Fund is a registered charity oﬀering carers (who meet the criteria) a grant towards a school coat and a pair of shoes. The fund is now run by Thornhill Primary School. 01388 772 906 www.durham.gov.uk/ schoolbenevolentfund
School exclusions and secondary transfers If your child has been excluded you may need further guidance. Contact our pupil casework teams for advice. 03000 265 904 / 905 / 906 www.durham.gov.uk/schoolexclusion
School crossing patrols We provide school crossing patrols in various locations across the county where children frequently need to cross the road on their way to school and where there may be higher volumes of road traffic. 03000 268 175 email email@example.com
School transport Some schools operate ‘walking buses’ and ‘park and stride’ initiatives - find out more from your school. We provide free home to school transport to families that are entitled. 03000 264 444, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/schooltransport
School information For a full list of schools and headteachers, visit www.durham.gov.uk/schools
Children and Young People’s
Network Free school meals All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. It’s still important that you complete an application form as the school receives additional funding for those who are in receipt of certain benefits. For older children, if you receive certain benefits your child may be eligible for free school meals and additional help. Contact your child’s school or our school meals team. 03000 268 002 / 003 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
School holidays Check school term dates online at www.durham.gov.uk/schoolholidays
Growing Healthy County Durham The Growing Healthy Team works in local communities to support the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across County Durham. 03000 263 538 Visit www.hdft.nhs.uk and click ‘services’. 26
Children and Young People’s Network We must keep a register of children and young people up to the age of 25 with a special educational need or disability. In County Durham, we call this the Children and Young People’s Network and more than 1,200 children and young people are registered. It helps us to better plan what services are needed and in what areas. If you register, you’ll receive a free e-newsletter and information about services and activities that may be of interest. www.durham.gov.uk/cypn
The County Durham Local Offer The Local Oﬀer has a wide range of information for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including services that may help you or your child as they progress from birth to the age of 25. www.countydurhamfamilies.info/ localoﬀer
Time4U Oﬀering arts and activities for older people and people with a disability. 03000 261 384
Help4teens.co.uk www.help4teens.co.uk is for young people aged 13-19 across County Durham. It holds up-to-date information and advice to support career planning and preparation for education, employment or training. Download factsheets on career areas or to help you write CVs, complete application forms and prepare for interviews.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service Confidential, impartial support and advice for parents, carers, children and young people (up to 25 years) in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability. 0191 587 3541 www.durhamsendiass.info
Durham Music Service Durham Music Service is one of the country’s biggest music education hubs providing high quality and inclusive musical opportunities for 14,000 pupils from over 340 schools. With over 30 musical ensembles including a range of orchestras, choirs, wind and brass bands as well as percussion, strings and special school ensembles. 03000 262 368, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/durhammusicservice
Don’t miss out - Free play and learn for two and three year olds Some two and three year olds may be entitled to free ‘play and learn’ sessions at a nursery, playgroup, school or with a childminder. Contact the Childcare Places Team on 03000 268 913.
Adult learning and skills service Provides training and learning opportunities for people who are living or working in County Durham. You could brush up on your English or maths, learn how to use a computer, or perhaps develop skills for your job. Courses include business admin, team leading, supporting teaching and learning in schools. We also oﬀer apprenticeships in a number of work areas including social care and administration. email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/adultlearning
Adult Learning and Skills Service Sign up for an adult learning course.
Learn new skills, gain qualifications, find a new career or build confidence.
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Improve your maths and English at all levels up to GCSE. Study computer and technology courses. Gain vocational qualifications in areas like childcare, health and social care, and business and administration.
Find out more on 03000 266 115, www.durham.gov.uk/adultlearning
Culture and sport Leisure centres and clubs All of our leisure centres oﬀer state-of the-art gym facilities with aﬀordable membership packages. www.durham.gov.uk/ leisurecentrememberships
Peterlee** 0191 586 2400 Gym, 25m pool, learner pool, squash, two sports halls (one double-sized), meeting rooms, licensed bar.
Our pools oﬀer public swimming, swimming memberships, swimming lessons, aqua fitness classes, Dementia Friendly swimming*, pool parties and fun sessions. www.durham.gov.uk/swimming
Seaham** 0191 581 6366 Gym, sports hall, squash, meeting room, licensed bar, two outdoor pitches, rugby pitch.
Here’s a list of your local leisure centres: Abbey, Pity Me 03000 266 443 Gym, sports hall, squash, skate park, Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). Freeman’s Quay, Durham City 03000 268 488 Gym, 25m pool, learner pool, sports hall, dance studio, ‘Changing Places’ disability changing facility. Meadowfield 03000 266 445 Gym, sports hall, squash, refurbished outdoor floodlit pitches, skate park, MUGA, 3G pitch.
* Available at Freeman’s Quay, Chester-le-Street, Teesdale Spennymoor and Woodhouse Close Leisure Centres. ** Run by 1Life (Thrive cards not valid at these sites)
Spennymoor 03000 261 161 Gym, slide, wave machine and beach pool, sports hall, café, licensed bar, world class gymnastics centre, artist workshop and exhibition area, changing places, multi-sensory room, events.
If you use your leisure centre regularly you could benefit from having a Thrive card to gain discounts on some of the services oﬀered. For more information, visit www.durham.gov.uk/thrivecard To see current promotional oﬀers visit www.durham.gov.uk/leisureoﬀers Visit www.durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres to see a list of all our leisure centres.
Durham Institute of Sport
Activities for young people
Durham Institute of Sport (DIS) supports the development of County Durhamâ€™s talented athletes and coaches, helping them achieve their sporting potential. 03000 282 012 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/dis
Activities for five to 25 year olds to help get young people enjoying and succeeding at sport. Term time and school holiday programmes. 03000 282 012
Disability Sport A programme of sporting activities for disabled children and young people to help them improve their confidence and have fun. Call 03000 282 012 or contact your local leisure centre. email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/disabilitysport
Culture and sport volunteering Club Durham Club Durham is our free support scheme helping sports clubs to be safe and sustainable. We help with sourcing funding, advice on getting new members and keeping them, and training. More than 300 clubs have joined Club Durham already. 03000 282 012 email firstname.lastname@example.org Check out Club Durhamâ€™s website for more information and to register www.clubdurham.co.uk 30
There are lots of ways you can get involved in our culture and sport programme, from helping deliver books for our books on wheels services to being a festival maker at one of our many events. Email cultureandsportvolunteers @durham.gov.uk Call 03000 266 555 See page 21 for other ways to volunteer.
Find a sports club near you at www.countydurhamsport.com 03000 282 012
Libraries Your local libraries are: Belmont: 03000 269 500 Open: Mon 9.30am-5pm, Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Blackhall: 03000 269 505 Open: Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Bowburn: 03000 269 528 Open: Mon and Tues 2pm-5.30pm, Thurs 9am7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Brandon: 03000 269 501 Open: Mon 9.30am-5pm, Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Durham Clayport: 03000 265 524 Open: Mon to Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Easington Colliery: 03000 269 506 Open: Mon 9.30am-5pm, Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Esh Winning: 03000 265 002 Open: Mon 10am-7pm, Tues 1pm-5pm, Thurs 1pm-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Horden: 03000 269 507 Open: Mon 9.30am-5pm, Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Langley Park: 03000 269 502 Open: Tues 9.30am-5pm, Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Murton: 03000 269 508 Open: Mon 9.30am-7pm, Tues 9.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Newton Hall: 03000 269 503
Shotton: 03000 269 510 Open: Tues 9.30am-5pm, Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Thornley: 03000 269 520 Open: Mon 9.30am-5pm, Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Wingate: 03000 269 523 Open: Mon 2pm-5.30pm, Tues 9am-12.30pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Having trouble getting to your local library? Try Library Online. Browse to see what books we have, request or renew an item and get full, free access to a range of online resources. Borrow e-books and e-magazines to read on your PC, tablet or phone. www.durham.gov.uk/libraryonline Try Books on Wheels. Our free home delivery service may be able to help you. 03000 263 790 or 03000 263 789 www.durham.gov.uk/libraries Try our Mobile Library Service to rural communities. With disabled access. www.durham.gov.uk/mobilelibrary
Library HealthZones To learn more about an illness or find a support group, visit the HealthZone in any of our libraries. www.durham.gov.uk/healthzones
Open: Mon 9.30am-7pm, Thurs 1pm-5pm, Fri 9.30am-1pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Peterlee: 03000 269 509
You can now borrow a huge range of e-books from our libraries. Read them free of charge on a PC, tablet or phone. All you need to access these is an internet connection and your library card. www.durham.gov.uk/libraries
Open: Mon and Tues 10am-7pm, Thurs 10am6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Seaham: 03000 262 510 Open: Mon and Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Tues 1.30pm-5pm, Wed 9.30am-12.30pm, Fri 9.30am5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.
Save yourself worry; save yourself heartache; save yourself from crippling debts.
How? By talking to your local credit unions, NEFirst and The Prince Bishops Community Bank about savings and loans that can help you manage your money better.
Prince Bishops Credit Union
NEFirst Credit Union
www.pbcb.org.uk 01207 232 351
www.nefirstcu.co.uk 03300 553 666
Credit Unions are not-for-profit savings and loans organisations run for the benefit of the local community. They are regulated by the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority.
County Durham has so much to oﬀer, from spectacular coastline to rolling countryside, mind-blowing museums to awesome art galleries. Check out our council-managed venues below.
Museums and arts venues Bishop Auckland Town Hall There’s something for everyone with a library, art gallery, theatre, festivals, live music, stand-up comedy and weekly films. 03000 269 524 www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk
Gala Theatre and Cinema, Durham A state-of-the-art modern theatre, cinema and café-bar. Hosting the best in live entertainment from the UK and beyond. 03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk
Killhope Lead Mining Museum Restored 19th century lead mine, where visitors can experience ‘hands on’ the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. 01388 537 505 www.killhope.org.uk
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon Marvel at over 70 vehicles from the National Collection: from the earliest locomotives to the newest trains! Café, gift shop, play areas, free admission, and free parking! 01388 777 999 www.nrm.org.uk/locomotion
The Witham, Barnard Castle Managed by the Witham Trust, a vibrant cultural, community and commercial centre in the heart of historic Barnard Castle. Gallery, shop, café and programme of events. www.thewitham.org.uk email email@example.com 01833 631 107
The official tourism website for the county provides information on: Attractions Activities Events Food and drink Shopping
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www.thisisdurham.com The Visitor Contact Centre is also on hand to provide information: Call 03000 26 26 26 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Text ‘Visit’ and your enquiry to 80011 Calls - cost of a local call, calls from mobiles may vary. Texts – standard network charges apply.
Durham e-newsletter Sign up to the free Durham e-newsletter to get all the latest news and events direct to your inbox. www.thisisdurham.com/ newsletter Follow us /thisisdurham @MoreDurham 33
Go outdoors We look after loads of sites for you to visit; from the award-winning Hardwick Park to the Waskerley Way Railway Path, which is part of the national coast to coast cycle route.
Walking and riding
Discover the great outdoors and join us on one of our guided countryside walks. Get our twice yearly guided walk programme and sign up for our e-newsletter www.durham.gov.uk/countryside and follow us on Facebook: /Durham-Countryside-Volunteers 03000 282 012
A weekly programme of guided bike rides for beginners and intermediate level cyclists across County Durham. This also includes ‘Back on your bike’ rides which are suitable for beginners. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry, Bike4Life can loan all participants a bike and helmet for the duration of each ride. To take part in one of our rides simply turn up on the day. For more information on your local ride, please contact us on 03000 282 012 or log onto www.durham.gov.uk/cyclingevents
Walk4life A weekly programme of free, short, led walks across County Durham specifically designed to improve your health. For more information on your local walk, please contact us on 03000 266 555 or log onto www.durham.gov.uk/walk4life
For more places to walk or ride, visit www.durham.gov.uk/prow or to order your free cycle map, email email@example.com
The DLI Collection provides amazing evidence of the daring deeds of our county’s own regiment. The majority of the collection – 10,000 items, only some of which were previously displayed at the DLI Museum - has been moved into a new research and study centre at Sevenhills, Spennymoor. Items include uniforms and medals, hats, buttons, weapons and ammunition, all of which help to tell the story of the Durham soldier.
Exhibitions Items from the collection will be loaned to museums and exhibitions. A gallery will be on display at Palace Green Library in 2017.
The Medal Collection Medals can be viewed, preferably by appointment, in the Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library, open Monday–Friday 9am-5pm. www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/dlimedals
Viewing the Collection Items from the collection can be viewed at the new research and study centre, preferably by appointment. Email: DliCollectionEnquiries@Durham.gov.uk or call 03000 266 631. The collection is located at Greenhills Business Park, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor DL16 6JB. DLI Archives, such as diaries, letters and photos, can be viewed at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham. Call 03000 267 619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Housing Find a home Empty Homes We provide support and assistance to owners of empty properties. 03000 268 000 email privatesectorhousing @durham.gov.uk
Private landlords We provide help and advice on a wide range of housing-related questions to both tenants and landlords. 03000 268 000, email email@example.com
Housing Solutions provides a range of services to assist people who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or experiencing financial difficulties. It is important you seek advice before a problem becomes a crisis so we can prevent homelessness. We have a number of ways we can help you to improve your situation. This may prevent you from losing your home or help you find suitable and aďŹ€ordable alternative accommodation. 03000 268 000 Out of Hours Service (for emergency homelessness) 01388 722 538 email firstname.lastname@example.org Housing Solutions also oďŹ€er a number of more specific services: Family Intervention Project 03000 268 000 Gypsy Roma Traveller 03000 264 932
Your first choice for housing in County Durham
No admin fee
0191 385 1900
01207 521 100
Dale and Valley Homes 0800 083 0333
Durham City Homes
0800 068 0013
0800 587 4538
East Durham Homes North Star Housing
0800 032 0835
03000 11 00 11
www.durhamkeyoptions.co.uk Derwentside Homes
Planning and building control Planning approval
You can get lots of useful information about the planning process at www.durham.gov.uk/planning including:
We carry out plan examinations, site inspections, dangerous structure assessments and issue demolition notices. Contact your local office for more information. 03000 262 832, email email@example.com
View and comment on planning applications.
Check if you need planning permission for the work you want to do.
Report concerns about building work or development activity.
Find out how to appeal a planning decision.
Learn more about listed buildings and conservation controls.
Make online planning applications.
Make your application online More than 60 per cent of all planning applications are now made online. It's quick, easy to use and available 24/7. Complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay for your fees all in one place www.durham.gov.uk/planning You can also contact your local planning office on 03000 262 830 email firstname.lastname@example.org For Durham City and Easington Areas.
For all major projects contact our strategic building control office. 03000 262 832, email email@example.com Make your building control application online at: www.submitaplan.com
Planning, Housing, Economic Development and Transport Policy, including Local and Neighbourhood Plans For information on the County Durham Plan, neighbourhood plans and council policy relating to planning, housing, economic development and transport contact: 03000 263 967 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.durham.gov.uk/cdp 37
Environment We provide a range of services to keep our county attractive and safe.
Waste and recycling We collect rubbish and recycling from households in County Durham on alternate weeks. One week we empty the rubbish bin and the following week we empty the recycling bin and box. In 2015/16, we recycled, reused or composted around 40 per cent of household waste.
Collections To find out your collection day, enter your house number and postcode into ‘My Durham’ on our website. www.durham.gov.uk/bins www.durham.gov.uk/recycling www.durham.gov.uk/whatgoeswhere 03000 26 1000
Garden waste collections To find out if your property is eligible for garden waste collections and to sign up to the service go to www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 03000 26 1000. 38
Assisted collections If you have difficulty getting your household bin to its collection point, and you meet certain criteria, we can help you. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/assistedcollections
Lost or stolen bins There is a charge to replace lost or stolen bins. Help minimise the chance of losing your bin by returning it to within the boundary of your property as soon as possible after it has been emptied on your collection day. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/bins
Bulky waste collections We collect bulky waste items, such as furniture and white goods from households. There is a charge for this service. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/bulkywaste
Furniture reuse schemes If your unwanted furniture or household items are too good to throw away, contact one of the county’s reuse charities and find your item a new home. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/reuse
Garden waste collections 2017 Collections from the kerbside between spring and autumn. Fees for 2017 £25 for 17 collections between spring autum mn (sign up by 14 February to and autumn ions). receive all collections)
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Recycling facilities You can recycle your household waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Please separate your waste according to the material and place your items into the correct recycling container at the sites. Hereâ€™s a list of your local recycling centres and opening hours: HWRC
Opening times: April - September
Opening times: October - March
Potterhouse Lane Pity Me, Durham
9am - 6pm
9am - 3.30pm
Tudhoe Tudhoe Industrial Estate
9am - 6pm
9am - 3.30pm
Seaham Strangford Road
9am - 6pm
9am - 3.30pm
Thornley Thornley Crossings Industrial Estate
Every day, except Friday
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 6pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 3.30pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
Coxhoe Coxhoe Quarry
Every day, except Friday
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 6pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 3.30pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
Horden B1283 Sunderland Road
Every day, except Friday
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 6pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
10am - 4pm weekdays 9am - 3.30pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
For a full list of sites across the county, see www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc
Waste permits If you are visiting the recycling centres with a van, pick-up vehicle, minibus or towing a trailer, you will need to contact us for a free waste permit before visiting the site. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit
Helping you to keep areas safe, clean and tidy Dog fouling, litter and graffiti We issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, littering, graffiti and rubbish in yards and gardens. Let us know if you spot a problem. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/litter www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling
Fly-tipping (illegally dumped waste) Through our multi-agency ‘Operation Stop It’ campaign with Durham Constabulary, the Environment Agency and Crimestoppers, we continue to prosecute for fly-tipping oﬀences. Report fly-tipping or unlicensed waste carriers in confidence – www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping 03000 26 1000 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Grass cutting, grounds maintenance and tree management We maintain public grounds and trees in parks and open spaces, in schools and on highways. Call 03000 26 1000. www.durham.gov.uk/treemanagement
Noise, pollution or nuisance issues If you are experiencing problems with commercial or domestic noise, air quality, general nuisances, pollution or contamination. 03000 261 016 or 03000 26 0000.
Civic Pride team We work with residents, partners, businesses, schools, volunteers and community groups to address clean and green issues that aﬀect our open spaces. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/civicpride
Pest control See page 42.
Stray animals Report a stray dog or horse to us and we will try to identify the owner. 03000 26 1000 www.durham.gov.uk/strayanimals
Allotments We manage several allotment sites. Additional sites are provided by local town and parish councils, allotment associations, or are privately owned. Find out what sites are available. www.durham.gov.uk/allotments email email@example.com 03000 266 050
Caring for our natural, built and historic environments Design and Conservation We provide advice on listed buildings, conservation areas, heritage at risk, development proposals, environment awards and heritage open days. 03000 267 146, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Archaeology We protect, manage and conserve the archaeological remains of the county and oﬀer opportunities for people to get involved in investigating their heritage. We also maintain the County Durham and Darlington Historic Environment Record and manage Binchester Roman Fort visitor centre. 03000 267 013 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/archaeology
Tree preservation We oﬀer advice about Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas. Call 03000 267 133 email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can help get rid of most common pests for a one-off payment of ÂŁ40. We treat rats, mice, moles, wasps, squirrels and most flying insects.
Book an appointment: www.durham.gov.uk/pestcontrol Email: email@example.com Tel: 03000 26 1000
Protect your business from pests. As a local authority for pest prevention and control, we can help you to protect your reputation, minimise the risks to your staff and reduce spoiled stock. Whether you want advice on pest prevention, one-off treatments or an integrated pest management contract, contact us now for a free no obligation survey and quote. Tel: 03000 262 550 www.durham.gov.uk/pestcontrol Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Business Durham is the economic development company for County Durham, delivering the environment for business and economic growth. We provide advice, guidance and support to help businesses in the county to grow and develop. We have a large business property portfolio, including offices, industrial space and specialist accommodation for science and technology businesses at NETPark. We also promote enterprise and business start-up in the county, whilst providing businesses with an easy route into council services which they may need to access.
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Starting your business. Finding the right premises for your business. Growing your business. Locating your business in County Durham. Access to funds, finance and grants. 43
Some businesses may be able to get a reduction in their rates. For more information and advice, contact the Business Rates Team on 03000 268 997 www.durham.gov.uk/businessrates
Find out how you can make your business more resilient in an emergency situation or business interruption. 03000 264 654 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance of building and facilities
We are an authorised testing facility for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) at our Meadowfield (Durham) depot. See page 47 for more information. 03000 269 342 www.durham.gov.uk/MOT
We oďŹ€er a range of building and facilities management services to businesses, including: construction services, repairs and maintenance, building compliance, facilities management, catering and cleaning services. 03000 269 359 www.durham.gov.uk/BAFM
Businesses may require licences for a number of reasons, such as premises licences for pubs, restaurants and betting shops, taxi licences and scrap metal dealer licences. www.durham.gov.uk/licensing
We oďŹ€er a trade waste collection service to businesses in the county, with a number of collection options. Contact us for a quote. 03000 262 660 www.durham.gov.uk/commercialwaste
If you have any concerns about a licensed premises, call 03000 261 016.
Workplace driver training
Pest control We provide a comprehensive pest management service to businesses, either as a single treatment, or a programmed pest management control contract. 03000 262 550 www.durham.gov.uk/pestcontrol 44
We can help small and medium sized businesses to develop their driver safety at work policies to comply with health and safety requirements. We can also help with driver assessments and training to help reduce costs for businesses. 03000 268 173 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/roadsafety
Travel and transport We look after 2,300 miles of roads, 2,112 miles of footways and more than 80,000 street lights and illuminated signs in County Durham.
Blue badge scheme A national scheme enabling people with severe mobility problems, walking difficulties or people registered blind to park close to their destinations. 03000 269 425 www.durham.gov.uk/bluebadge
Concessionary passes You can get a bus pass when you reach the State Pension age - this age has changed, depending on your birthday. People with qualifying disabilities can get a pass at any age. 03000 268 667
Park and Ride A direct bus service runs every ten minutes to Durham city centre from our three park and ride sites (Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands). For ÂŁ2 per person you get parking, unlimited daily travel into the city centre and free use of the cathedral bus. www.durham.gov.uk/parkandride
Public transport For information and journey planning advice visit www.durham.gov.uk/publictransport or www.traveline.info/
Travel Response Centre Phone us to book our dial a ride Link2 and Access Bus services, and to arrange hospital transport. 03000 269 999 Access Bus The Access Bus service provides people who have limited mobility or are unable to use mainstream public transport with a door-to-door transport service to popular shopping and leisure destinations. Link2 Our Link2 bus service is a pre-bookable bus service for people making journeys (up to five miles) where there is no other suitable bus or where they are unable to access mainstream public transport due to mobility issues.
Bridge Card Scheme If you travel on the bus alone but struggle because of your age, a disability or illness, or just lack confidence, carrying a Bridge Card can help. Get your card from local bus stations, customer access points, libraries, or by calling 03000 268 667. 45
Safe journey Highways and street lighting For problems with roads, pavements, street lights, traffic signals or road drains in County Durham or if you have a query about highway licences and permits. 03000 26 1000 email firstname.lastname@example.org Report it online www.durham.gov.uk
Road safety education We provide road safety education and training in schools and colleges, including Bikeability cycle training, child pedestrian training and the Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme. 03000 268 167 or 03000 268 168 email email@example.com www.durham.gov.uk/roadsafety
We provide a winter maintenance service from October to April, pre-salting to prevent ice forming and clearing snow during and after major snowfalls. Follow us on Twitter: @DurhamCouncil and @TwitterGritterNE www.durham.gov.uk/winterinfo
We oﬀer an MOT testing service to the public (vehicle classes 4, 5 and 7). Call one of our test centres to book. Annfield Plain: 03000 265 638 Chilton: 03000 266 247 Meadowfield: 03000 269 342 Peterlee: 03000 264 100
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Call to book your MOT
MOT tests vehicle servicing centres
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Annfield Plain - 03000 265 638 Chilton - 03000 266 247
Meadowfield - 03000 269 342 Peterlee - 03000 264 100
DVSA ATF and Tachograph Station
We are an approved Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) for HGVs and PSVs. We are able to provide an on-site trailer and ballast weights at competitive rates.
Reliable | Flexible | Professional Open from 7am to 5pm weekdays. Call: 03000 269 342
Durham County Council, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XQ
Service Direct Newco Limited
www.durham.gov.uk/whatgoeswhere 03000 26 1000
Uniforms, medals, hats, buttons, weapons and ammunition all help to tell the story of the Durham soldier. You can view, preferably by appointment, parts of the DLI Collection at our new research and study centre at Sevenhills, Spennymoor. Find out more on page 35.