• Council to invest millions in frontline services

    Council to invest millions in frontline services

    Plans to invest millions of pounds in frontline services, including highways, streets, parks and nature reserves, are to be discussed by Durham councillors along with proposals to reduce carbon emissions.

    Members of Durham County Council will next week hear about the authority’s 2022-23 budget proposals and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) forecasts. It follows news of the Local Government settlement figures in December.

    A report, which has already been discussed by the authority’s cabinet, details various investments to improve green spaces, country parks and help achieve the council’s target to reduce its carbon emissions.

    Cllr Mark Wilkes, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “We’re pleased to be able to announce significant investment in our frontline services, which will help to improve the lives of our residents and visitors as well as the environment in County Durham.

    “Funding will also further address issues such as pest control, upgrading our allotment sites and improving visitor attractions such as Hardwick Park.

    “Just as importantly, we are investing in our efforts to tackle climate change as we work towards eliminating carbon emissions from our operations.”

    Source: Aycliffe Today