'The more communities can do for themselves, the better' - five years signals ...
Looking back, those arguments – fiercely fought as they were – seem like small beer, given the economic crisis and austerity measures which have followed.
It would be unfair to judge DCC by the standards of 2009 when, as Councillor Henig puts it, “the whole game has changed”.
“We didn’t think the economy was going to fall off a cliff in 2009 and public services would be hit year after year,” he says.
Local government has been hard hit by the Coalition spending squeeze, losing around 40 per cent of its funding.
In County Durham, care homes and leisure centres have closed, bin collections have become fortnightly and home-to-school transport and library opening hours have been cut.
But, Coun Henig insists: “I think we’ve been successful, but in different terms than we anticipated.”
To support that claim, he points to Durham’s 2013 Year of Culture, which saw the county host its first Ashes Test, the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels, Lumiere light festival and much more, together attracting 500,000 visitors.
Elsewhere, there have been economic success stories. Hitachi is building a train assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe , creating 730 jobs; a £27m office development is springing up on Durham’s old ice rink site; Spennymoor is benefitting from the £150m Durham Gate scheme for homes and businesses; and Seaham Harbour Marina has been transformed.
Last month, DCC was named the best council in the country at the Local Government Chronicle Awards.
But, nevertheless, critics remain.
Liberal Democrat leader Amanda Hopgood says DCC is the most undemocratic council in the country; with only the ten-member Labour cabinet wielding any real power, local knowledge ignored on planning matters and County Hall dominating the agenda of the 14 Area Action Partnerships’ (AAPs).
Tory leader Richard Bell defends the AAPs and says he sees “pockets of excellence” across DCC, but argues County Hall is too remote and services are still uneven across the county.
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Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems, SOPC Edition
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New to this edition is an introduction to embedded operating systems for SOPC designs. Featuring four accelerated tutorials on the Quartus II and Nios II design environments, this edition progresses from introductory programmable logic to full-scale SOPC design integrating hardware implementation, software development, operating system support, state-of-the-art I/O, and IP cores.This edition features Altera's new 7.1 Quartus II CAD and Nios II SOPC tools and includes projects for Altera's DE1, DE2, UP3, UP2, and UP1 FPGA development boards.
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