Durham County Council is taking legal action after its regeneration masterplan was criticised by a planning inspector.
The council drew up a twenty year blueprint to create thousands of jobs and homes as well as retail sites and two relief roads. The scheme was left in limbo earlier this year after the inspector described parts of it 'unrealistic' and 'undeliverable'.
Since then, the council had called for the plan to be re-examined. That request was turned down and the authority says it had no choice but to seek a judicial review. Papers have been lodged at the High Court in Leeds.
Durham County Council say fly-tippers are more likely than ever to be caught red-handed as extra CCTV cameras are being set up at hotspots throughout County Durham:
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 relatives of residents at five council-run care homes in County Durham which are due to close say moving them could put their lives at risk.
Pauline Robinson said: "The residents in Newton House are Weardale people, they've never lived anywhere else."
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.
These pictures are of the main food store in Chester-le-Street for County Durham's food bank. It has 12 tonnes of food which will provide 1,800 people three days food. This only lasts six weeks before stock needs replenishing.
Durham County Council has confirmed it has spent £46,000 supporting food banks over the past two years. The food banks are set up to support people who would be otherwise unable to feed their families.
A protest was held outside the civic centre today, as Durham County councillors voted through a budget which will include £23m of spending cuts.
Kathryne Wray is from People's Assembly Against Austerity:
An anti-cuts protest greeted councillors arriving at Durham Council's headquarters to set the authority's budget for 2014-2015.
Durham County Council are voting on its 2014/2015 budget on with the ruling Labour group proposing a 1.99% council tax rise and £23m of cuts.