Community in action

AN EAST Durham village has been chosen as the location for the second phase of a pilot scheme to tackle housing and environmental concerns in communities.

The Community Action Team (CAT) is a multi-disciplined task force set up to help communities resolve issues in their neighbourhoods and improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

It is led by Durham County Council’s environment, health and consumer protection team, alongside a range of partners.

The CAT will be launched in Horden today and residents are being asked to help set the priorities they would like to see tackled.

These could include concerns associated with housing and empty properties, littering, fly tipping and underage sales of alcohol and cigarettes.

It will coincide with a community walkabout led by the Safe Durham Partnership, starting from outside St Mary’s Church, in Blackhills Terrace, at 10.30pm and covering the numbered streets.

A residents’ meeting will be held tomorrow at 6pm at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street.

Once the priorities have been set, four weeks of action will take place, from October 1, when those issues will be tackled.

Drop-in sessions for residents will be held each week during the action weeks at the centre, on Tuesdays from 5-7pm and on Wednesdays between 11am and 1pm.

The launch in Horden follows a successful CAT pilot initiative in West Cornforth, which has received positive feedback from local people.

Call 03000 261016 for more details.