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Old April 22nd, 2012, 01:08 PM   #81
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my sister hates them, claims to be scared of them, but I don't see the problem at all. They actually look rather nice and hey, green energy ftw.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #82
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This from the Sunderland Echo, --


Castle Eden Castle pic taken November 1935




Published on Friday 25 May 2012 08:58



COUNCILLORS have refused planning permission for a former castle in a village to be turned into a 10-bedroom hotel after an outcry by residents.


The decision comes in a long-running saga that has seen various developers wanting to turn the Grade II-listed 18th-century castle at Castle Eden into a hotel.

Members of Durham County Council’s central and east planning committee rejected the plans due to an “adverse impact on local residents”, as well as highways and drainage issues.

The castle, the former offices of the National Coal Board, which had been previously owned by the Burdon family, is currently a mansion.

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Old June 10th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #83
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Crook & Weardale news, --this from the Northern Echo, ---

Restored mine wins construction award

5:06pm Thursday 7th June 2012 in Crook & Weardale News

THE restoration of a County Durham lead mine has won an award for construction excellence.

The team behind the work carried out at Low Slit Mine near Westgate, Weardale, have received constructing excellence in the North-East's Heritage Award.

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Old June 10th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #84
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Spennymoor news, -- this from the Northern Echo, --

Boss threatens to shut factory in access row

8:00am Tuesday 5th June 2012 in Spennymoor News By Ian Noble, Reporter (Shildon and Spennymoor)

A BOSS is threatening to close his factory with the loss of 70 jobs in a row over access.

Jimmy Mitchinson, managing director of J Mitchinson, in Spennymoor, has issued an ultimatum to Durham County Council.

He says unless it alters its plans, he will tell his staff within ten days that they are to be made redundant.

He said that he will also consider moving his business out of County Durham.

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Old June 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM   #85
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MP hits out at plans to build a huge
bridge, near Barnard Castle

The Journal, June 16th 2012


AMBITIOUS PLANS to build the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the UK have been included in a masterplan to regenerate a North East market town. By backing plans for the bridge over the River Tees to the west of Barnard Castle, Durham County Council has found itself at odds with local MP Helen Goodman, who has spoken out against it.

It is almost 10 years since plans were first mooted to build a bridge high over the river, modelled on the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, Canada, which soars 250ft above the Capilano River and attracts 800,000 visitors annually. It was to have cost £4.5m, attracted around 125,000 visitors annually to Barnard Castle and should have been in place by 2005.

Local opposition put paid to the original scheme which involved building an access road through a golf course and building shops and cafes at both ends of the viaduct. Now Teesdale Marketing says the bridge could be built at a fraction of the cost and be just as successful without the controversial additions.

Despite more opposition from Ms Goodman and others, Durham County Council still hopes to press ahead with plans for the bridge. On Wednesday the council’s policy-making cabinet will meet at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle to discuss what it has described as a masterplan for the town.


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Old July 4th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #86
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Newton Aycliffe news, ---this from the Northern Echo, --

E.ON to consult locals over plans for 24 turbine Newton Aycliffe wind farm

4:33pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012 in Newton Aycliffe News

AN energy firm plans to consult locals on its preferred lay-out for a controversial 24-turbine wind farm.

E.ON is proposing to build two clusters of seven turbines and one of 17 more than a mile apart east of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The scheme, known as The Isles, was original drawn up by E.ON to hold 45 turbines but it was re-drafted E.ON says the wind farm will generate 63.5MW which will create enough power to power around 35,000 homes.

The new proposals are to be put on show at a series of public events during E.ON’s second stage of consultations.

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Spennymoor news, --this from the Northern Echo, --

Rescue group optimistic over plans to re-open Ferryhill Leisure Centre

5:03pm Friday 29th June 2012 in Spennymoor News

ORGANISERS behind a rescue bid aiming to save a leisure centre which was closed due to council cutbacks are optimistic they have saved the facility.

Ferryhill Community Partnership wants to save Ferryhill Leisure Centre, which was closed in October last year.

The centre was one of six closed by Durham County Council as it sought to reduce its costs.

A strong anti-closure movement spread, leading to the setting up of the partnership.

Leading partnership members said yesterday a tenancy on the centre has been signed with the council and they hope a lease will follow.





County councillor for Ferryhill Dave Farry, partnership chairman, said: "We hope to be able to open as the Ferryhill Community Hub.

"We estimate it will take about £110,000 a year to run and we fully expect to be open by September.

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 03:16 PM   #88
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People living in Rural Areas of Northern England
need an active role in Planning

by David Black, The Journal, August 3rd 2012


PEOPLE living in rural areas should be given an active and leading role in forward planning, if their communities are to thrive and the countryside is to grow, according to a North East academic. Professor Mark Shucksmith says, villagers should be “helped to help themselves”, and to get involved in development plans if rural areas are to prosper and avoid stagnating.

Prof Shucksmith, director of the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal, has jointly edited a book – Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK – which examines policies and attitudes towards living in the countryside on both sides of the Atlantic. This week he is presenting its final chapter to the World Rural Sociology Congress in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.

Yesterday he said: “The UK Government is encouraging localism, but it remains to be seen whether it will offer the necessary support to enable all rural communities to respond to this opportunity.”

Two years ago research by the Commission for Rural Communities – Prof Shucksmith was a board member – found the future of the countryside was in jeopardy because a lack of jobs and homes were forcing young people out. Suggested solutions included flexible planning to create more affordable rural housing, new ways to meet rural employment and training needs and a push to improve mobile phone coverage and broadband services in isolated parts.


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Old August 9th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #89
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Has there been any progress on any of the projects in Stanley does anyone know?
I remember last I was there they were starting on the new school and the new Tesco was a lot of talk- I believe they were goign to go for an on-stilits design?
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Old November 6th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #90
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Could this happen in Peterlee?----I also posted this on the main forum, ---

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New airport vision for terminal at Peterlee An artist's impression of the proposed new North East airport.

Published on Tuesday 6 November 2012 09:12


THE North East’s two main airports should be closed and replaced with a new development midway between them, says a transport expert.


Tim Narey, a divisional director with international architecture giant Aedas, has commissioned a feasibility study which he says proves the case for a new vision for air travel in the region.

Mr Nary believes businesses would welcome the creation of a new gateway to the region, built between the A1 and A19 to the north of Peterlee.

“If you stuck a pin in the map and drew a 20-mile radius around it, you would take in 90 per cent of the North East conurbation,” he said.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #91
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Some news from Seaham area, --this from the Sunderland Echo, --

‘Don’t build on playing fields’ Ray Timlin with the letter he recieved about a proposed site allocation for shops and business's on the playing fields at New Drive in Seaham

Published on Friday 16 November 2012 19:10


RESIDENTS have pleaded with council bosses to scrap plans to sell off popular playing fields.


Durham County Council has sent letters to homes near the New Drive green belt area in Seaham, outlining proposals for the sale of the space to develop housing, shops or a new road.

While the correspondence makes clear a decision is yet to be taken, the community fears the fields, used by football and rugby clubs, schools and dog-walkers, could soon be lost.

Seaham Town Councillor Colin Snowball insists the town needs the open space more than it needs new homes.

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Old November 19th, 2012, 07:03 AM   #92
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Could this happen in Peterlee?----I also posted this on the main forum, ---

This from the Sunderland Echo, --


New airport vision for terminal at Peterlee An artist's impression of the proposed new North East airport.

Published on Tuesday 6 November 2012 09:12


THE North East’s two main airports should be closed and replaced with a new development midway between them, says a transport expert.


Tim Narey, a divisional director with international architecture giant Aedas, has commissioned a feasibility study which he says proves the case for a new vision for air travel in the region.

Mr Nary believes businesses would welcome the creation of a new gateway to the region, built between the A1 and A19 to the north of Peterlee.

“If you stuck a pin in the map and drew a 20-mile radius around it, you would take in 90 per cent of the North East conurbation,” he said.

Read more http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/b...rlee-1-5096460
Not going to happen no, seems an expensive idea, particularly given Teeside airport isnt doing well at all.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 01:24 PM   #93
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Seaham news, -----this from the Sunderland Echo, --


Jet ski club launched at new marina development



Seaham Jet Ski Club are hoping to become part of the Seaham seaside community.

by Fiona Thompson
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Published on the 26 June
2013 17:04



A NEW club is aiming to make waves as it launches in a new multimillion-pound marina development.

Seaham Jet Ski Club has been set up by watersport enthusiasts as they make the most of the new facilities in the town’s North Dock.

The £3.2million development, launched earlier this year after a two-year delay, is now the base for the club, along with a cafe, heritage centre – which houses the George Elmy lifeboat, and pontoons for 77 boats.

The jet skiers have taken up a unit inside its business centre and moved in earlier this month.

The club has fewer than a dozen members so far, but is expecting membership to rise as word spreads about the marina.

The club is run by Colin Hardy and Gary Tonge.

Colin, a maintenance engineer, said: “We’ll be running trips from Seaham to Whitby or up to South Shields, and organise visits to lakes and lochs

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Seaham news, --

This from the Sunderland Echo, --

Multimillion pound dock redevelopment officially opens
12th July 2013


A CAMPAIGNER who helped lead the regeneration of a dock to transform it into a marina has been hailed as it was officially opened last night.

A plaque which recognises the work of Norman Conn was unveiled as part of celebrations at Seaham and offers him special thanks, adding: “without his endeavours this marina would not have been possible.”

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This from the Sunderland Echo,--

Planning application in for new coal mine on outskirts of Sunderland
16th August 2013

COUNCILLORS will decide whether a firm should be allowed to dig a controversial opencast mine on the outskirts of Sunderland.

Hargreaves Surface Mining has submitted a planning application to Durham County Council, requesting permission to extract up to 514,000 tonnes of coal and 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from farmland known as Field House, between West Rainton and Pittington, east of Durham.


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This from the Northern Echo,--

Spectacular £100m plans for Auckland Castle attraction inspired by French theme park

A £100m plan to create a historical leisure park in County Durham will be unveiled today.

The park, set in the shadow of Auckland Castle, aims to eventually attract 800,000 visitors a year, providing an enormous boost for the local economy.

The centre piece will be a visually stunning £20m night show, which will re-create about 2,000 years of North-East history in the style of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. It is hoped the first shows, with a cast of 600 and watched by a nightly audience of 6,000, will be held in spring 2016.

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This from the Northern Echo,---

Rail museum in Shildon offers visitors chance to see 3D model scan


VISITORS to a railway museum will be able to see a 3D scan of a new model engine which is to go on sale in a Shildon museum.

Rapido is teaming up with Locomotionmodels.com to create the model which is to be based on an as yet unknown engine in the national railway collection.

The event will allow visitors to see the 3D scan take place and the finished model will be cast and put on sale exclusively at the Shildon museum.

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This from the Northern Echo,--

Plans revealed for 450 new homes and retirement complex in Sedgefield

PLANS to build 450 homes and a retirement complex in Sedgefield will be showcased to the public next month.

UK investment business ESRG is inviting residents to have their say on its proposal to build 218 homes, including executive, family and affordable properties, on land off Beacon Lane.

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Spennymoor news,--

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Thorn Lighting, in Spennymoor, aims to grow

A LIGHTING firm is poised for growth after new deals and pioneering technology strengthened its North-East presence.

Thorn Lighting, in Spennymoor, County Durham, is working with Durham County Council on office and outdoor lights.

The company, which has about 600 staff, is also pressing ahead with LED lighting, which bosses say is brighter and saves energy.

The firm operates from its £28m 40,000sq metre plant on Green Lane Industrial Estate plant, making about 3.5 million lights every year.

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Wheatley Hill news,---

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Wheatley Hill housing plan

PLANS have been unveiled for a major housing development in an east Durham village.

Gleeson Homes and Regeneration have applied to Durham County Council for planning permission for 65 new homes on land at Henderson Avenue/Cain Terrace, Wheatley Hill, near Peterlee.

Proposals for the regeneration and residential development of 1.39 hectares of previously developed land include provision for a mix of two and three-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes.

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