DCC are providing free central heating grants, for low income households who do not currently have any central heating installed. See leaflet (link below) for more information.
!! Cold Caller Warning !!
Durham Trading Standards have become aware of cold callers trying to sell goods on the doorstep in various areas of the County. In some cases, their approach has been persistent, causing both upset and annoyance.
While it is not an offence to simply cold call, we would always urge residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with unsolicited visitors.
Some top tips to keep yourself and others safe:
- DON’T accept uninvited callers
- DON’T be afraid to say ‘No’
- DON’T be rushed or feel pressured. Genuine traders will always be happy to return when a friend or family member is present
- DO keep an eye on your area and especially vulnerable neighbours. Has work started unexpectedly on their homes? Is the work visibly poor or been left unfinished? Is the person anxious about what has happened? Has a trader accompanied them to the bank?
- DO report suspicious cold callers to the Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33 or to the police on 101
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others from scams by becoming a Friend Against Scams at: http://www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/elearning/durham
Follow Durham Trading Standards on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/durhamts for updates on local scams affecting your community, consumer awareness campaigns and top tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of a scammer.
As we collectively emerge from the COVID 19 lockdown, Witton Gilbert Parish Council would like to place on record our thanks to the members of our community, and service providers, who have kept the village functioning through lockdown.
We would like to direct particular thanks to: the volunteers at the Fulforth Centre for cooking and delivering meals, an initiative that we continue to support financially, the staff at McColls, who as well as remaining open during lockdown, have also supported the home delivery scheme, also the Working Men’s Club for their community based activities.
We can also not fail to thank the other retailers, delivery drivers, posties, who serve the village, and we would ask you all to extend your personal thanks for their efforts during the last 3-4 months.
Looking forward, WGPC would ask you all to continue to support the local business that have remained open through lock-down, and those that will reopen in the near future.
Finally, we would emphasise that the pandemic is a long way from being over, so would ask you all to continue conducting yourselves as you have done to date, and hopefully we’ll all get through this in one piece.
Wishing you continued good health
Witton Gilbert Parish Council
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A referendum was held on Thursday 7 November 2019 to decide on the question below:
Do you want Durham County Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Witton Gilbert to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The result was:
Yes 409 votes 88% of the total vote
No 56 votes 12% of the total vote
The turnout was 23%
Wallnook Bridge, over the River Browney near Langley Park, closed to vehicular traffic in March 2013 but remained open for use by pedestrians and horse riders.
However the structure’s condition has now deteriorated further and we are to close it to all traffic in the interests of public safety.
Signs will advise pedestrians and horse riders of alternative routes where possible. Short diversion routes are already in place for vehicles.
Letters advising of the full closure have been sent to residents living close to the bridge.
We are committed to providing a new crossing over the River Browney at Wallnook subject to funding being obtained. Options for a new crossing are being considered. Brian Buckley, our strategic highways manager, said:
“The bridge is being closed in the interests of public safety and people will not be able to cross it on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. We are working to provide a crossing at this point in the long term and thank people for their patience in the meantime.”