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Twelve adult day centres to close across Co Durham

Bracken Hill Centre in Peterlee is earmarked for closure. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Councillors in County Durham have agreed to close 12 of their 17 adult day centres, because of falling numbers of people using them and budget cuts.

"Young people are choosing to go to other places within their local community such as theatre, cinema etc and the cost of running these centres is another look at.

We have to save £1.59 million and what we will do is work with people who have been using these services on a one to one basis and offer the support that is required."

– Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at Durham County Council

The council has said it will offer support to find alternatives for those affected, and will keep five centres open to provide specialist services for people with complex needs.

These five centres will be: Durham Pathways, Pity Me; Spennymoor Pathways, Spennymoor Leisure Centre; Newton Aycliffe Pathways, Aycliffe Leisure Centre; Peterlee Pathways; and Stanley Pathways, Louisa Leisure Centre.


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
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