Please find below details of several Durham County Council consultations, which have gone live this morning (23 January), which may be of interest to you and/or your networks.
Review of Customer Access Points We are reviewing our Customer Access Point (CAP) Services including looking at locations and services offered. We are also proposing to change the opening hours in the least used CAPs at Barnard Castle, Chester-le-Street, Consett and Stanley. The consultation is open until 5pm on 6 March 2023.
Review of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog ownership 2023 We are currently reviewing the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog ownership, which we have in place to deal with issues arising from irresponsible dog ownership. Despite improvements, following the PSPO’s initial introduction in 2017, dog fouling and other dog related issues remain a key concern for communities across the county, so we are proposing to expand the PSPO to help. There are five countywide proposed additions to the PSPO and one location specific related to the ‘slope’ beach in Seaham. The consultation is open until 5pm on 13 March 2023.
Review of traffic sensitive streets We’re currently reviewing our list of traffic sensitive streets following reforms to criteria made by The Department of Transport. Any roadworks on streets, or parts of streets, which are designated as traffic sensitive will have a bigger impact, so anyone wanting to carry out works must give a greater amount of warning and apply for permission. We are talking to businesses, contractors and other people who carry out work that may affect the use of these roads and footpaths eg need to dig them up. We are also interested in hearing the views of local businesses, organisations and those involved in organising major events or attractions in the county. The consultation is open until 5pm on 24 February 2023.
Development of a new play area at Hardwick Park Investment is currently being made to improve Hardwick park’s play facilities. We’re asking residents and visitors to tell us what they would like to see in a new play area for children aged seven and above. People can visit the park from today (23 January), through the half term holiday, until 26 February, to see what might be available in the play area and fill in a survey, which is also available online.