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City of Durham parish council election


Following a Community Governance Review held in March 2017, an election to form a new parish council will take place in the City of Durham on Thursday 3 May 2018. Voters across the Durham City area will decide who will be elected as their Parish Councillors in the 15 seats available.

About the new parish council

The parish council will be divided into three wards:

  • Elvet and Gilesgate (six councillors)
  • Neville's Cross (eight councillors) 
  • Durham South (one councillor)

The Icon for pdf Community Governance Review - City of Durham Parish Boundary and Wards (PDF, 789.4kb)  shows the area within the City of Durham, which the new parish council will oversee. If you live within this boundary and are registered to vote, you will be eligible to vote at this election.

The election

The election will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018, with the next election taking place in 2021. After this the elections will fall in line with the ordinary year for local elections in Durham (county, town and parish council elections) and will be held every 4 years thereafter.

Important dates for voters

Register to vote

Was 17 April

Apply to vote by post or postal proxy vote or make changes to existing ones

Was 5.00pm, Wednesday 18 April

Apply to vote by proxy

By 5.00pm, Wednesday 25 April

Polling day

Thursday 3 May

Election notices

Candidate and agent information

If you are a potential candidate or agent, please see Electoral Commission: Candidates and agents at parish and community council elections in England for more information.

Standing as a candidate

Nominations have now closed. You can see who is standing in a candidate in the Statements of Nomination (under Election Notices).

Polling cards and postal votes

Polling cards will be delivered between 30 March and 2 April.

Postal votes

If you are already a postal voter, or you have applied to vote by post, and your application is received before 28 March, your postal vote will be included in the first batch of postal votes which are to be sent out by Royal Mail on Monday 16 April.

If you have applied to vote by post, and your application is received between 29 March and the postal vote application deadline (18 April) your postal vote will be included in the second batch of postal votes which will be sent out by Royal Mail on Wednesday 18 April.

Contact us
Electoral Services
03000 261 212
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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