203Residents in two County Durham villages are being asked how to improve where they live.

Durham County Council’s Community Action Team (CAT), in partnership with Groundwork, will visit Coundon Grange and Eldon Lane from Monday (26 October) to work with villagers to help improve their communities and advise on health and wellbeing issues.

The CAT will attend two local PACT meetings and are urging residents to come along and have their say on what the team’s priorities should be during their stay.

As well as concerns highlighted by villagers, the team will focus on housing, environmental and health issues.

There will be a drop-in session on Wednesday 11 November to update people on the team’s progress, to identify new issues and report any concerns. Free health checks will also be on offer.

Both PACT meetings will be held at the One Stop Shop in Eldon Lane with the first taking place on Wednesday 28 October from 1.30pm and the second on Wednesday 25 November from 1.30pm.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Durham County Council, said: “Our Community Action Teams work with residents to address the issues they feel need most attention.

“It is only by local people getting involved and telling us what concerns them or what they would like to see addressed that we can tackle these issues head on and make a real difference to improving their communities.”

Grace Crawford, programme coordinator for Groundwork NE & Cumbria, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support the CAT programme in Coundon and Eldon Lane.

“We will be working in the area alongside the CAT as well as providing ongoing support into 2016 to help local people tackle some of the issues to make Coundon and Eldon Lane a better place for everyone.”

For more information about the CAT’s visit to Coundon Grange and Eldon Lane call 03000 261 016 or email communityactionteam@durham.gov.uk or visit www.durham.gov.uk/CAT