Following a campaign to give Crook and Durham City their own local councils, the principal authority, Durham County Council, has draw up plans to create new parish councils.
The plans have been made after consulting local residents with a view to creating the new authorities by the end of the year
Residents in Crook, which does not have a local council, are being asked to give their opinions on two options:
- To leave the present system unchanged or
- To create three parish councils covering the Crook district.
Gavin Jopling, a spokesperson for the steering group which organised the campaign to reform local government in Crook, said the group would have a stall in the town’s marketplace every Tuesday to explain the proposal to create three parish councils to local people and gain their support.
Residents in Durham will have to choose one of three options:
- To leave the present system unchanged,
- To have a one council covering most of the city or
- To have two authorities – one for the city and one for Newton Hall.
Colette Longbottom, Durham County Council’s head of legal and democratic services, is reported as saying: “We believe that the proposed arrangements offer effective and convenient options for the future and should also ensure a strong sense of community identity.”