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DURHAM 'IN TURMOIL' OVER FRESH REVIEW

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The future of local government in county Durham was in turmoil after the announcement that a fresh review would be ...
The future of local government in county Durham was in turmoil after the announcement that a fresh review would be held into the status of the seven districts and the county, the Northern Echo (Tuesday November 9) reports (p1).

In a lead story the paper highlights the disclosure by the Local Government Commission that it is willing to look again at its proposals for Co Durham announced on Monday in the light of the recent changed guidance from the Environment Secretary.

The paper says that the news of a fresh review came after it seemed that Durham CC and the districts, Sedgefield, Wear Valley, Teesdale, Durham city, Easington, Chester le Street and Derwentside had survived the shake-up.

In an analysis of the review plans the Northern Echo says that there was elation and confusion as the councils' fate was revealed.

Darlington was celebrating the return to unitary status. But the Echo says that the residents of the rest of the county must hang on for yet more consultations. 'Despite yesterday's announcement it seems unlikely that the two-tier system will last much longer - despite the expressed wishes of local people'.
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