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Unitary approves plan for new parish council for city

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Councillors have approved plans to create a new parish council in Durham City.

The new authority, which will be called the City of Durham Parish Council, will have 15 elected members.

Local MP Roberta Blackman-Woods (Lab) petitioned for the parish council to be created.

A public consultation was sent out to more than 11,700 residents and stakeholders asking for their views.

Of the 2,819 returned ballot papers, 1,856 (66%) were in favour of forming a new parish council while 958 were opposed to the proposal.

The new authority will become a recognised legal entity on 1 April 2018, with inaugural elections taking place in May 2018.

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