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THE results of a consultation on the possible creation of new parish councils have been announced.

In the unparished areas of Durham, 51.1 per cent of people who responded were in favour of a new parish council.

In Durham City, 1,732 people out of more than 11,700 responded to the consultation, with just over half supporting the creation of a new parish council.

In Newton Hall, 73.9 per cent said that if a new tier of government was to be created, their area should have its own, separate parish council.

Colette Longbottom, Durham County Council’s head of legal and democratic services, said: “We need to consider the further representations and responses from this stage of the consultation before drawing up final recommendations which we will take to full council later this year.”