Durham County Council

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Durham County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Seats 126 councillors[1]
Elections
First past the post
Last election
2013
Next election
2017
Meeting place
County Hall, Durham
Website
http://www.durham.gov.uk

Durham County Council is the local authority of County Durham (excluding Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees) in North East England. Since 2009 it has been a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. From 1889 to 2009 it was a county council in a two-tier arrangement.

At the time of the 2011 census it served a population of 513,200, which makes it one of the most-populous local authorities in England. It has its headquarters at County Hall in Durham.

History[edit]

Durham County Council was initially established in 1889 as the upper-tier local authority for the administrative county of Durham. The county council was reconstituted in 1974 as a non-metropolitan county council. Darlington was removed from the area of responsibility in 1997. Durham County Council became a unitary authority on 1 April 2009 when the seven remaining districts of the county (Durham (City), Easington, Sedgefield (Borough), Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, and Chester-le-Street) were abolished and the county council absorbed their non-metropolitan district functions.

Following the structural changes in 2009, legislation[2] allows for the council to name itself "The Durham Council", however the council has retained the name of Durham County Council.

The current leader of the council, Simon Henig is since 15 April 2014, also chair of the North East Combined Authority.[3]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Greenwich
LGC Council of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Glasgow