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that due to the resignation of Jade Kemp, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 2nd March, 2018 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to:

The Returning Officer

Electoral Services

Room 1/104-115

County Hall



by TEN electors for the said Parish (Ward), an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 9 May, 2018.

Dated 12th February, 2018

Clerk to Fishburn Parish Council


County Durham's Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner, Mr Ron Hogg, has decided to increase the amount of Council Tax which goes to the police service, known as the precept, by 7.09%. This equates to an increase of £8.00 a year, or 15 pence a week for a property in Council Tax Band A. Members of the public are being asked to comment on this proposal until Wednesday 31st January 2018. Further details of why this is necessary and other information on the increase can be found by reading the following press release:-

In response to pressure from Government, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg has decided to increase the amount of Council Tax which goes to the police service, known as the precept, by 7.09%. This equates to an increase of £8 a year, or 15p a week for a property in Council Tax Band A. Members of the public are being asked to comment.

Ron Hogg said: “The Government has reduced the funding for policing in Durham and Darlington every year since 2010. We now have around 360 fewer officers than in 2010 – a reduction of 1 in 4. I have been lobbying the Government for some years, to fund policing fairly. I did not expect the Government to respond by placing an additional burden on Council Tax payers. However, in my view they are abdicating their responsibility to protect our communities. This has put me in a position where, if I do not introduce this increase, I will be reducing the income of Durham Constabulary this year, and for every year afterwards. It will inevitably mean fewer Police Officers in the community, preventing and solving crime. I cannot do that without risking the safety of the community. The Government’s decision to relax the cap on the precept equates to an extra 15p per week for a property in Council Tax Band A. Durham Constabulary is already the most efficient force in the country according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. That’s a consequence of the force’s commitment to innovation, making the very best use of the money available. We continue to challenge every facet of our business in order to find further efficiencies, but this gets harder every year. I welcomed the Government’s recent announcement of pay rises for Police Officers, but they have not provided me with the funding for this.”

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel said: “Panel Members understand current financial pressures placed on policing budgets and support the Commissioner’s approach to seek comment from residents on this proposal”

Residents are can provide their views in a number of ways, including:
Through website www.durham-pcc.gov.uk
Through Facebook or Twitter (search for Durham PCC)
On telephone on: 0191 375 2001
At the Area Action Partnership (AAP) Boards during January 2018
o 10th January 2018 - 4together AAP Board
o 10th January 2018 – Mid Durham Rural AAP Board
o 16th January 2018 – East Durham Rural Corridor AAP Board
o 18th January 2018 – Spennymoor AAP Board
o 22nd January 2018 – Chester Le Street AAP Board
o 24th January 2018 – Teesdale AAP Board
o 24th January 2018 - Derwent Valley AAP Board
o 24th January 2018 – Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP Board
o 30th January 2018 – GAMP AAP Board
At drop in sessions on 19th January at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington 11am-1pm. Additional drop in sessions are planned for Monday 22nd and 29th January 2018 full details can be found at www.durham-pcc.gov.uk


If you are aware of someone who needs housing advice, is homeless, rough sleeping, or at risk of losing their home it’s important they seek advice and support as soon as possible.  Winter can be particularly difficult for those struggling in their homes. For example, if the person is:

·         Homeless or rough sleeping

·         Experiencing financial difficulty in paying their rent/mortgage

·         Living in unsuitable accommodation that does not meet their health needs

·         At risk of abuse or harm in the home

·         Struggling to keep warm / pay winter bills

Please refer to Housing Solutions where help and advice can be provided via the Housing Advice Line: 03000 268 000 or by Email: housingsolutions@durham.gov.uk where a full assessment of housing options will be undertaken. You can also refer via the Advice in County Durham AICD portal if you are signed up to this service http://www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk/referral.shtml.  

The offices are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday. If the offices are closed and you are aware of someone street homeless you can contact them on the Out of Hours number 01388 722 538.   

Alternatively, if, at any time you are aware of any rough sleepers in your area you can report them via StreetLink, a telephone line and website across England which enables the public to alert local authorities of rough sleepers in their area: www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914.

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