Roberta has recently welcomes the result of the ballot held in Durham City asking residents if a new Parish Council should be formed for the central areas of Durham City.

Durham County Council carried out the consultation after receiving a petition from Roberta and local residents requesting that people in the central unparished areas of the city be consulted on the formation of a new town council.

As part of the consultation, Durham County Council sent documents to more than 11,700 residents and stakeholders asking them for their opinions on two options – creating a City of Durham Parish Council or maintaining existing arrangements.

Once the ballot papers were counted, the local authority confirmed that sixty six percent of residents who took part in the consultation voted in favour of Parish Council. Durham County Council will now vote on draft recommendations to start the process of setting up a Parish Council when they meet in June.

Roberta said:

“I am delighted to learn that the residents of Durham have voted in favour of creating a Parish Council in the City Centre. Almost all of the City of Durham constituency is already parished, and I believe this decision will give people who live in Durham the chance to benefit from more local representation.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped in going door-to-door with the petition, as it was their hard work in campaigning for a Parish Council that started this process. I would also like to offer my thanks to everyone who not only signed the petition, but took the time to return their ballot papers.

Thanks should also go to Durham County Council for acting so swiftly in arranging this consultation process once the petition was received, and I look forward to reading the draft recommendations that the local authority will publish prior to their meeting in June.”

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