Roberta has recently voiced her support for the campaign for a Parish Council Durham City Centre, and has urged local residents to take part in the Community Governance Review currently being undertaken by Durham County Council.

Durham County Council began consulting with local residents on 6 February and electors in the Neville’s Cross, Elvet and Gilesgate and part of the Durham South wards have until 6 March 2017 to return their ballot papers indicating whether they support the formation of a new Parish Council within the central, unparished areas of the city.

The Community Governance Review came about following the submission of a petition by Roberta and local campaigners calling on the local authority to reassess the way the city is governed. The petition was signed by over 1600 residents who expressed their wish for more local representation in Durham.

Roberta said:

“I am delighted that Durham County Council are running a consultation on the formation of a Parish Council for Durham, and as MP I will be taking a strong stance to support this. Most of the City of Durham constituency is already parished, and I believe that the residents who signed the petition have a valid argument in requesting the same level of local governance as the rest of the constituency.

I do hope that local residents will support the campaign for a Town Council, and I urge everyone to take part in this consultation and return their ballot papers before 6 March 2017.”

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