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We want to give everyone who lives, works or visits County Durham the chance to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. One way we do this is by giving individuals, businesses and organisations the chance to have their say about subjects and services which they have an interest in.

Bishop Auckland Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP)

Have your say on changes to the Bishop Auckland CAMP, including proposed changes to the conservation area boundary, and an updated Character Appraisal and Management Strategy.

Review of Bishop Auckland Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP)

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Monday 19 August 2024.


Advice services

Have your say in how advice services are offered to County Durham residents in the future. These services include managing money, debt management and access to benefits, as well as welfare, employment, housing, consumer rights and health and social care.

Advice service consultation

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Friday 20 September 2024.


Financial support for adoptive families

We are looking at the way we work out how much financial support we offer to families who have adopted a child with us.

Consultation on proposed changes to financial support for adoptive families

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Sunday 18 August 2024.


New Local Network boundary areas

Have your say on proposals for new Local Network (Area Action Partnerships) boundary areas.

Proposals for new Local Network boundary areas

The deadline for comments is 5.00pm on 18 August 2024.


Have your say - promoting attendance at school

We want to take further positive steps to make sure children in County Durham get the very best out of their education by attending school all year round. Help us understand any barriers that children face in attending school and what extra support might be helpful.

Have your say - promoting attendance at school

The closing date for comments is Friday 16 August 2024.


A long term plan for Spennymoor

During July 2024 we will be visiting a number of locations throughout Spennymoor to share and talk to people about all the feedback we have received. Please come along and talk to us at Spennymoor Gala, Spennymoor Brass Festival, or Spennymoor Youth Fest. We will also be attending local community centres.

Spennymoor - Long Term Plan for Towns (LTPT) programme

The closing date is Wednesday 31 July 2024.


Durham City 'to let' boards

Have your say on renewing our application to control the length of time and number of 'to let' boards on houses in Durham City Conservation Area.

To let board control

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Monday 22 July 2024.


Face to face customer services

Have your say on proposals to change the way we offer face to face services to our residents.

Proposed changes to face to face customer services

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Sunday 28 July 2024.


Community water fluoridation expansion in the north east of England

The government are consulting on a proposal to request the relevant water companies to enter into new fluoridation arrangements, and to vary existing agreements, in order to expand community water fluoridation schemes across the north east of England. This is because of significant and long-standing inequalities in the region and is part of the government's plan to improve dental health.

Gov.uk: community water fluoridation expansion in the north east of England

The closing date for comments is 11.59pm on 31 July 2024.


Why we consult

We want to give everyone who lives, works or visits County Durham the chance to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. One way we do this is by giving individuals, businesses and organisations the chance to have their say about subjects and services which they have an interest in. We may also have a legal duty to consult with you, for example, before making big changes to any of our services. Listening to, and taking onboard, your views, helps us make sure our services meet the needs of our communities.

We use different levels of engagement - sometimes we ask you to be involved from the start in shaping plans and services (co-production) and sometimes it is more appropriate that we draw up draft proposals first (consultation). Once complete, we feed back the outcome of each consultation and how your feedback has influenced it. 

We try our best to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to join in:

  • We make printed copies of all our surveys available in our Customer Access Points and libraries as well as online.
  • We produce information and surveys in Easy Read formats for people with learning disabilities and can produce documents in large print, another language or other formats on request.

For more details on how we consult, please see our  Consultation Statement (PDF) [165KB] . If you'd like to know more about what we do, would like one of our current consultations in an alternative format, or are finding our service difficult to access, please Contact Consultations.


Planning

We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. Our Statement of Community Involvement explains how we consult on planning issues currently, including:


Previous consultations and feedback from them

When our consultations close, we analyse the information we receive and make decisions based on that information. Find out about previous consultations:



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