Durham residents vote in favour of creation of new parish council

People in Durham have voted in favour of creating a new parish council for the city.

According to a statement from Durham County Council, 66 per cent of respondents to a public consultation supported the plan.

The consultation was held after MP Roberta Blackman-Woods submitted a petition calling for people to be asked their thoughts on creating a City of Durham Parish Council.

More than 11,700 people were contacted about the proposal with 2,819 responding.

Of those, 1,856 were in favour of a new council and 958 were opposed to the proposal.

County councillors will be asked to agree draft recommendations in June.