The Parish Council is committed to engaging with its communities and taking its views into account, particularly in respect of producing the next Parish Plan. This page will provide details of opportunities to engage with the Parish Council and enable your views to be considered when we are developing our priorities. You can also find a link to Durham County Council on-line consultations. Finally if we become aware of any other important consultations from our partners or others we will try to report them on this page .
North of Tyne Devolution Deal Consultation
In November 2017, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils agreed with Government a ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne.
The North of Tyne councils have published a scheme that sets out their proposals for changing the way the seven North East councils work together on economic development, regeneration and transport matters, and for devolving new powers to the North of Tyne. Those plans include creating a new combined authority for the North of Tyne, led by an elected mayor, to manage a range of devolved powers related to the quality and availability of housing, support infrastructure and help increase the number of residents moving into work in the area. The deal will also create a new joint Transport Committee to oversee public transport arrangements across the seven North East local authorities.
The creation of a new North of Tyne Combined Authority will require Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils to come out of the existing North East Combined Authority (NECA) of which Durham County Council is a member.
Views are now being sought by the North of Tyne on the proposed scheme and how the new arrangements will work. This will change existing arrangements for the North East Combined Authority.
The consultation opened on Thursday 14 December 2017 and will close on Monday 5 February 2018.
If you would like further information or would like to take part in the online survey please click on this www.northoftynedevolution.com/consultation.
You are invited to attend one of the consultation events. To book a place please visit Eventbrite on this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-tyneside-council-16062110199. If you cannot access Eventbrite but would like to attend an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0191 6437747 to book a place. The consultation events will all be the same and therefore you are invited to attend the one which is most convenient for you:
Durham County Hall
Thursday 1st February
6pm to 8pm
Gateshead Civic Centre
Wednesday 31 January
3pm to 5pm
Sunderland Software Centre
Thursday 1st February
2.30pm – 4.30pm
This consultation is the next step in the devolution journey for the North of the Tyne. North of Tyne want as many views as possible represented in this consultation from the whole of the NECA area, so would be grateful for your participation and valuable contribution to this process.
Durham County Council Consultation seeks views on Durham history centre
People are being invited to have their say on the creation of a new history centre for Durham, following agreement by councillors to relocate the county’s archive service. Members of Durham County Council’s Cabinet heard on17 January that with plans to redevelop Aykley Heads being given the go ahead, Durham County Record Office will need to be rehoused as part of relocating County Hall.
Based in the building since it opened in 1963, the archives now sit in accommodation that has become outdated and unsuitable for the collection, and provides little space for future storage. Having considered a number of options, councillors have agreed to consult on developing a history centre in Durham at the disused Mount Oswald manor house, on South Road.
People can have their say online or at a number of drop-in sessions taking place over the next few weeks. Under the proposals, the Grade II listed building would be renovated to offer fitting accommodation for the county’s archives and provide space for its current and future needs. In addition, it would offer an opportunity to bring the archives together with a wide range of other historical records which document the county’s heritage, as well as incorporating facilities for exhibitions, events, research, educational and volunteering opportunities.
The plans would also see the manor house at Mount Oswald become home to Durham Register Office, providing enhanced facilities in an historic setting for weddings and other ceremonies. Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “Our archives span 900 years of Durham’s rich and wonderful history and are accessed over a million times a year, as people search records and historical information online, by phone or in person. However, as their current home at County Hall is no longer fit for purpose these new proposals would ensure our irreplaceable heritage is protected for future generations.”
Durham County Record Office’s archive ranges from the middle ages to the present day and spans five miles of written and photographic records, covering all aspects of County Durham’s history.
Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, said: “This proposal to create a Durham history centre is very exciting and offers us a unique opportunity to make our precious archives far more accessible to residents and visitors alike. Co-locating complementary services in such a distinct and attractive venue would also enhance the services we offer and help attract many more visitors to the venue, and as such boost the city’s economy. The consultation offers everyone the chance to be involved in shaping the future of our archives, historical records and registration service and I would urge people to give their views.”
A funding application will need to be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help renovate Mount Oswald manor house and add an extension to house the archives.
Views on now being sought on what the history centre could include, such as:
- Durham County Record Office and archives;
- Historic registration records;
- Historic environment and archaeology records;
- Local studies collections;
- Durham Register Office;
- Ceremonial services which currently take place at Bishop Auckland Register Office and the registration records stored there;Wedding venue;
- DLI collection;
- Research space for schools: and,
- Exhibition space.
People can have their say at www.durham.gov.uk/consultations
Drop-in sessions will also be taking place at:
- Clayport Library, Monday 29 January, 2pm to 7pm;
- Durham Register Office, Aykley Heads House, Durham, 3 February, 11am to 3pm; and,
- Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Monday 5 February, 2pm to 7pm
Presentations on the proposals are also being given at Area Action Partnership board meetings.
The consultation will close on Sunday 18 February.
Boundary Commission end consulting on revised constituency proposals
The Boundary Commission have been undertaking a review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries and published revised proposals in October this year. The review started in September 2016 and was required because the Government requires the Country’s existing 600 constituencies to be reduced to 650. the Review proposes to reduce the number of constituencies in the North east from 29 to 25. the intention is also to ensure that constituencies have roughly the same number of electors (no fewer than 71.031 and no more than 78,507.
Currently our Parish is within the City of Durham Constituency. Originally the Boundary were proposing to locate our wards in a new East Durham Constituency which included Trimdon, Blackhall, Haswell Plough, Mordon and Elstob.
Following comments made in previous consultations and at public hearings they have changed their minds and now propose to locate our wards in a new Billingham and Sedgefield consitituency which stretches to Billingham south of Hartlepool and includes Sedgefield and Wynyard Hall as well as stretching down to Elstob in the South.
The Boundary Commission sought the public’s views on their proposals and residents had until 11th December 2017 to maketheir views known to them. You had the opportunity make comments on line by visiting the Boundary Commission’s website, www.bce2018.org.uk or by following this link.
The Parish Council have already decided at their Parish Meeting on 1st November to oppose the proposals and we will be releasing further details of this in due course.
We felt that this is a very important issue for our communities and urged everyone to make their views known to the Boundary Commission.
You can access the full Boundary Commission website here and download a copy of the Boundary Commission’s review document from the link below.
Neighbourhood Planning News
The next Neighbourhood Planning open meeting is yet to be arranged. Find out more about Neighbourhood planning in the Pursuing Neighbourhood Planning from 2015 section of our website. In the early part of the year we will be undertaking a survey which will help us decide whether we go for a Neighborhood Plan, a Parish Plan or both.
Expressing Your Views
If you wish to raise an issue with the Parish Council we would be happy to listen and respond. Contact your Local Councillor or raise the matter with the Parish Clerk.
Remember that there is a 15 minute public question and answer session at the start of each Monthly Coxhoe Parish Council meeting and you are welcome to come along and raise the issue directly to Members.
Durham County Council is consulting you!
Did you know that Durham County Council is consulting you? Well they are you can check out their latest on-line consultations here.