A cap could be put on the number of pubs, nightclubs, off-licenses and takeaways in Durham city. The move is part of Durham County Council's plans to crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour that have been plaguing the city. It comes after concerns were raised about the number and type of licensed premises in the city centre and whether it is linked to the ongoing issues. Videos have emerged on social media of people lying drunk in the streets, while there have been reports of people stripping and peeing in phone boxes. Now, the local authority is considering the introduction of a special policy that would mean the number of places to buy alcohol would be limited in certain areas. If introduced, the policy would not change the way that licensing decisions are made, with applications unlikely to add to the cumulative impact likely to still be granted. Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council's Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "A thriving night … [Read more...] about Cap on pubs in Durham proposed to tackle drink problem
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A bid to have bottled water banned from public buildings in Gateshead has been knocked back. The borough’s Lib Dem opposition leader, Jonathan Wallace, urged councillors on Thursday to phase out the sale of plastic bottles from all Gateshead Council premises and public buildings. The embattled opposition leader, who was embroiled in a bitter row at the council meeting over a sexist slur he made, claimed that the local authority has taken little action in the four months since it declared a climate emergency. But the civic centre’s ruling Labour group rejected his motion, saying that the council was already making significant progress towards becoming more environmentally-friendly. Coun Wallace told colleagues that plastic bottles take 2,000 years to degrade, release harmful chemicals, and add to air pollution because they are transported by road. His motion would have also committed the council to having water refills and reusable bottles available in all of its premises. … [Read more...] about Council rejects bid to ban bottled water in public buildings
Emergency services were called to a residential street after a car flipped onto its roof. The crash happened on Rectory Road, in Bensham, Gateshead, at around 8.15am on Friday. Firefighters, paramedics and police officers arrived at the scene and found a vehicle upside down. The area was taped off while the car was recovered and a 30-year-old man received treatment for minor injuries. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At 8.51am today, police received a report of a one-vehicle collision on Rectory Road, Gateshead. "A 30-year-old man received treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The road has since reopened." The North East Ambulance Service sent one hazard area response team and an ambulance to the street. A spokeswoman added: "We were called at 8.42am to a report of a road traffic collision. "One patient was discharged at the scene." Read More Today's must-read news, sport and entertainment And the Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Service said they sent two crews who … [Read more...] about Driver flips car onto its roof on Bensham street
The Silverlink triple-decker roundabout has been open to traffic for nearly six months - but cyclists and pedestrians are still unable to use the new bridges at the site. The Highways England project to create the new-look junction, which connects the A19 and A1058 Coast Road in North Tyneside , was completed at the end of March. Since then, thousands of drivers have been able to drive straight through, with those on the A19 not having to stop at the roundabout any more. However, the new bridges for pedestrians and cyclists, that were also installed as part of the scheme, are still closed. Walkers and cyclists are using the footpaths around the roundabout to get across. Highways England has now explained the reason for the delays and have confirmed it will be opening the bridges by the end of this month. A spokesperson said: "There has been a delay to this work due to a number of ongoing issues with some of the bridge bearings which have prevented us from opening them safely. "Bridge … [Read more...] about When will the new Silverlink cycle and pedestrian bridges open?
Staff have been left furious after teenage yobs hurled abuse and rode bikes inside a GP practise. Parkway Medical Group, in Chapel House, was put on "lock down" after the gang stormed in on Monday evening during a late surgery and caused carnage. One female GP who challenged them was called a "s***" prompting staff to call police only for no-one to arrive. But when the gang were told police had been called, the teens replied "bring it on". "They were not bothered at all," admitted a senior staff member. "If someone had (confronted me) when I was a child I would have been away. "But they had no fear - it was very intimidating." Patients were waiting to see a doctor at around 8.30pm during an extended surgery when the gang suddenly stormed inside. They rode around the waiting room and tried setting off fire alarms. Some tried breaking in via the fire exit. "There has been an historical problem with some behaviour, but it comes and goes - but it has never been as bad as this incident," … [Read more...] about Teens hurled abused and rode bikes in Chapel House GP surgery