Team aims to improve life in Easington

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A HELP squad has been formed to try to improve the quality of life in Easington Colliery.

The Community Action Team (CAT), led by Durham County Council, will run from today for the next eight weeks.

There will be a meeting on Wednesday, September 10, from 6pm, at Easington Social Welfare Centre to discuss what the group should focus on.

There will also be three drop-in sessions which will give residents updates on CAT’s work as well identifying any new areas of concern.

Representatives from the council’s partner agencies will also be on hand to offer free health checks and give advice on housing and environmental issues.

Joanne Waller, the council’s head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “We are extremely keen to hear the views of residents on how our Community Action Team can make Easington Colliery an even better place to live.”

The team will also tackle housing issues, empty properties, improve buildings and abandoned land, waste clearance, underage sales of alcohol and tobacco, promote energy-efficient schemes and offer advice on consumer rights and how to deal with cold callers.

The drop-in sessions will take place at the Welfare Centre between 3.30pm and 6pm on three consecutive Tuesdays: September 16, 23 and 30.

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