The City of Durham Parish Council has written to the Chief Executive of Durham County Council to thank officers at the County Council who are on the frontline in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with our wonderful NHS staff, other emergency services personnel, key workers and an incredible team of volunteers, officers at the County Council are putting themselves at risk to support the local residents, businesses etc under immense pressure. Find our letter here:
Please see more details about a project aimed at keeping people connected during the COVID 19 crisis; enabling them to stay safe and stay well.
It was a real pleasure to support so many worthy local community and voluntary organisations this financial year.
Find out more about the organisations the Parish Council supported and the impact this has had for each of them here: Grants report
A helpline, webpage and support network have been set up to help people in County Durham who are struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic. Help is available to local residents for thing such as food shopping, deliveries, general help and guidance, or someone who can listen and support.
People are advised to accept help from friends, family and neighbours where possible, but anyone in need of extra support can find a list of local groups on the council’s website http://www.durhamlocate.org.uk or fill in our Coronavirus help form at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19help
Alternatively, help can be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 03000 260 260.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to support local residents can also sign up to do so via the Royal Voluntary Service here: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
The Parish Council has also created a helpful list of contacts of support services and local retailers offering food deliveries, etc. This can be found here: Key contacts during Covid-19 outbreak
Residents are asked to continue to follow Government and NHS advice during this pandemic and to seek support where needed.
Durham County Council is currently consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme on privately rented homes in some areas of the County.
In order to respond to this consultation, the Parish Council established a Working Group which consisted of Members of the Parish Council, a representative of Durham Students Union and a local student landlord. The final response of the Working Group can be found here: CoDPC response – Selective Licensing Scheme
It is unlikely that such a scheme will be introduced in Durham City despite the number of HMOs in our parish. To that end, the Working Group is calling on a separate scheme to be introduced to run alongside the County-wide Selective Licensing Scheme to address the issues we are all aware of with HMOs in our parish.
Anyone wishing to find out more about this consultation can find more details here: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/22640/Consultation-on-licensing-of-privately-rented-homes-in-some-areas-of-the-county
Please let your views be known on this important consultation by writing to email@example.com by 5pm on 24th May 2020.
Please see the following link below for the latest advice from Durham County Council on the coronavirus outbreak:
The following key decisions were made at the February Full Council meeting of the City of Durham Parish Council:
Notice is hereby given that, due to the death of Cllr Judith Atkinson, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. The Notice of Vacancy can be found here:
The City of Durham Parish Council is sad to announce the death of popular Elvet and Gilesgate Parish Councillor Judith Atkinson.
Coun. Atkison sadly passed away at home on 31st January following a short illness. Condolences were expressed across the Council at the sudden passing of our beloved colleague Judith.
Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council Elizabeth Scott led the tributes: “Since her successful election in May 2018, Judith volunteered much of her time to make Durham a better place for everyone and she distinguished herself as an exceptionally caring, warm-hearted and hardworking member of our Council. Judith will be especially remembered for her brilliant contribution to our Council’s Environment Committee and the work she did to launch our very popular business frontage awards for Christmas; a first in the City and something we are keen to continue”.
Coun. Scott added: “Councillors and staff at the Parish Council have expressed to me their real shock and sadness at Judith’s passing in the last few days. We have extremely fond memories of working with Judith and she will be extremely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judith’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time”.
At the funeral on 15th February, a poem written by Coun. Atkinson herself, titled “the Eternal Optimist” was read by her son and attendees made donations to Blind Life in Durham – an organisation dear to Judith’s heart – at the family’s request.
The City of Durham Parish Council has responded to the proposed new bus station plans for North Road. A copy of the Parish Council’s full response can be found here: