A new proposal aims to breathe new life into an old coal mine with plans to turn land in Easington Colliery into a nature reserve.
The former colliery, on the outskirts of the village towards the coast, closed in 1993 and the site was landscaped for wildlife and recreation six years later.
Now, proposals have been unveiled to declare the land, which is owned by Durham County Council, as a local nature reserve to help protect the site for future generations and get more local people involved.
The site boasts a high conservation value as it contains species such as the common toad, skylark and dingy skipper butterfly.
It also features many different types of habitats including woodland, ponds and lowland meadow.
As well as highlighting the area's natural qualities, confirming the site as a LNR will also help attract future funding to further improve public access and nature conservation.
Consultation with the local community has shown strong support for the plan with many residents expressing an interest in getting involved. It has also been welcomed and backed by Natural England.
The proposal is due to go before members of Durham County Council's Cabinet when they meet at County Hall later today (October 15).
A letting agency based in Easington, County Durham, has been named the best in the UK by the Sunday Times. It is the first time a firm outside London has won the award. Castledene Group was founded less than six years ago. It also won awards in three other categories.
Three people have been arrested following allegations of fraud at a school in County Durham.
Police say concerns were raised about alleged financial irregularities at Glendene Arts Academy in Easington.
The school is for children with learning difficulties.
A 57-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman were arrested in Whitley Bay.
A 41-year-old man was also arrested in Darlington.
Thomas Dent, who used to work at Easington Colliery until its closure in 1993, reminisces at the site of the old mine.
A driver has died following an accident near to Easington services in County Durham.
A silver Peugeot 206 is thought to have left the road at around 12.30am on Friday March 7, and hit a lamppost.
The driver was taken to James Cook Hospital where he died.
Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them on 101 and ask for Durham Constabulary.
A former Easington miner, who went on strike for 12 months, describes not having the money to buy his children food and presents.
With the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike approaching, an exhibition of mining history has been held in County Durham.
Hundreds of people visited Easington's Welfare Club to see memorabilia and hear brass band music. The town's pit was the scene of many protests during the 1984 strike.
Police are currently at the scene of a four vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the A19 at Easington Services. Police advising drivers to avoid this area.
Flags were flying at half mast across the country today - but the councils in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and York did not lower their flags for the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In Easington, ex-miners celebrated - to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of Easington Colliery - and the death of the woman they say led to its decline.
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