|Wear Valley District|
Shown within Durham County Council area.
|- Origin||Bishop Auckland Urban District
Crook and Willington Urban District
Tow Law Urban District
Weardale Rural District
|- Succeeded by||County Durham|
|Government||Wear Valley District Council|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Bishop Auckland, Crook and Willington and Tow Law urban districts, along with Weardale Rural District.
The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, becoming part of the Durham County Council unitary authority.
After agreeing a new waste collection policy involving fortnightly collections under a Labour majority in 2007, the local elections in 2008 turned the council to Liberal Democrat control, who promptly reversed the policy - resulting in 15,000 of the £560,000 order for new tweenie waste bins sitting in a local farmers field at a cost of £1,000 per week.
Wear Valley had a population of around 65,000 in 2001.
- Bishop Auckland Town Bishop Auckland Town ward; Cockton Hill ward
- Coundon Coundon ward; Dene Valley ward
- Crook North and Tow Law Crook North ward; Howden ward; Tow Law and Stanley ward
- Crook South Crook South ward; Wheatbottom and Helmington Row ward
- Weardale St John's Chapel ward; Stanhope ward; Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear ward
- West Auckland Escomb ward; West Auckland ward
- Willington Hunwick ward; Willington Central ward; Willington West End ward
- Woodhouse Close Henknowle ward; Woodhouse Close ward
1. Bishop Auckland 24,000 2. Crook 13,000 3. Willington 5,000
- "Taxpayers pay £1,000 a week to store 15,000 wheelie bins in a field - while council chiefs decide what to do with them". Daily Mail. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
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