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Consultations


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.

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 17 June 2024.


A long term plan for Spennymoor

We want to hear your views about Spennymoor to help develop a new long term plan for the town and how we can best use government funding.

Consultation on a long term plan for Spennymoor

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Friday 31 May 2024.


Local Nature Recovery Strategy for County Durham

If you are passionate about nature and want to protect it for future generations, please get involved - we'd love to hear from you.

Help us develop our Local Nature Recovery Strategy for County Durham

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on 16 April 2024.


Statement of Licensing Policy

Have your say on the review of our Statement of Licensing Policy, which we must legally update at least every five years.

Consultation on our Statement of Licensing Policy

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Friday 3 May 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  Icon for pdf Consultation Statement (PDF, 165.1kb) . 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 us.


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: