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Historic charter to on display in Durham

An historic charter issued by King John in 1201 will go on display at Durham County Hall on Thursday Credit: Durham County Council

An historic charter issued by King John just a few years before the signing of the Magna Carter is going on display in Durham.

The document, which dates back to 1201, describes the granting of Teesdale Forest to Henry fitz Hervey. Written on parchment in latin, the charter has remains of its original wax seal which is attached with silk thread.

Members of the public will be able to see the charter during a free drop-in session at Durham County Record Office, in County Hall, on Thursday 30 July.


New charge for car charge

Durham County Council is introducing a fee for drivers of electric cars to use its chargepoints, to try to stop people hogging the spaces.

Until now, charging an electric car has been free, and any electric car can occupy a space as long as it is plugged in, even if it already has a full battery.

From now on, it will cost £1 per visit to use the standard parking sites and £5 to use a rapid charging point at Belmont park and ride.

The new fee introduced to stop space-hoggers

Care home closure protests in County Durham

County Hall, Durham Credit: ITV

Protestors gathered outside of County Hall in Durham to campaign against the closure of care homes.

Durham People's Assembly and Newtown House campaigners plan to stage a second protest in less than a week over Durham County Council's decision to close the five remaining council run care homes across County Durham.

Protestors in County Durham Credit: ITV


Council leader responds to cuts protest

"The Government sets the general direction on spending and has been very clear since 2010 that they would make large public sector funding cuts.

They set the level of funding that we receive and we have to operate within our budget. If we didn’t, it would not be a legal budget and decision-making would be taken away from local people and their elected representatives.

The majority of savings we are making this year are coming from back office functions and we continue to try to safeguard frontline services as much as possible.”

– Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council
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