Durham County Council is set to appoint an agency as part of the
final stage of its four-year coastal regeneration programme. The council
is acting on behalf of a 14-member partnership, which has worked since
1997 on a pounds 10 million programme to repair the environmental damage
caused by coal mining. The budget, to raise its regional and national
profile and provide marketing and PR strategy, has to be finalised, but
is understood to be just under six figures.