Durham County Council: ‘Bear with us and be patient’


In the fourth part of our series looking at the first six months of Durham County Council’s new joint administration, its leaders urge the public to be patient.

FOR everyone in local government, 2021 has been a challenging year, and 2022 shows no signs of easing the pressure.

The leaders of Durham County Council allow themselves a pat on the back for getting through their first months in a “joint administration”.

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“Let’s remember this is all in the context of dealing with a global pandemic and trying to sort a recovery out,” says council leader Councillor Amanda Hopgood.

“It’s been concerning. It’s been worrying,” adds Cllr Alan Shield.

“But we have taken a very collective and responsible attitude.

“I don’t think we’re underestimating the…

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