The City of Durham Parish Council is keen to hear your views on its priorities and budget for the forthcoming financial year of 2024/25. As such, we would be most grateful if you could complete this short survey online: Resident consultation
Please complete this consultation by no later than Friday 5th January 2024 and let us know your views.
Please also only complete this consultation if you are a resident of our parish
Hard copies of this consultation are also available at Clayport library (upstairs in the reference section) and can be returned using the box provided.
Consultation foreword by the Chair of the Parish Council, Coun. Alan Doig
The City of Durham Parish Council’s activities are funded by a precept which forms part of your council tax. The Parish Council precept has been frozen for almost every of the Parish Council’s existence, except in January 2023 when, following an extensive public consultation, Members approved a small increase in order to deliver on our residents’ priorities. For a Band D property in our parish, our precept is £52.17 – one of the lowest in the entire County.
The City of Durham Parish Council represents a wide geographical area from Akyley Heads down to Burn Hall which includes the electoral wards of Elvet and Gilesgate, Neville’s Cross and Durham South.
To help deliver services for local residents, the Parish Council has established a number of Committees; each with a specific area of focus. These include: a Planning Committee (representing the parish on all planning matters and delivering a Neighbourhood Plan for our community), an Environment Committee (delivering a cleaner and greener community), a Licensing Committee (representing the parish on all licensing matters), a Finance Committee (ensuring the delivery of cost-effective services and advising the Parish Council on grant allocations to local voluntary and community organisations) and a Business Committee (supporting businesses and promoting Durham city as a place to visit and shop).
Our 15 volunteer Councillors have worked on: more neighbourhood wardens, more police officers, a dedicated Safety Hub, making our area cleaner and greener, producing a neighbourhood plan, resisting more family homes becoming yet more student housing, more family events in the City and so much more. Providing solutions on these (and other) local issues is our primary focus as a Council.
We would like to hear your views on what the Parish Council has already achieved, what you would like us to do more of and what we can do differently. In addition to which, we would like to know your views as to whether you would be willing to pay a slightly increased precept to deliver these additional services.
Although the City of Durham Parish Council area has a high population, its tax income is lower than areas of similar size due to the significant number of properties exempt from Council’s tax because of their use as student accommodation.
Earlier this year, the City of Durham Parish Council become one of only three Parish and Town Councils in the county to be granted Quality Award status by the National Association of Local Councils. Local residents know that the Parish Council will always act wherever it can to address their issues and concerns. Please take a moment to complete the survey overleaf and let us hear your views. Together, we want to preserve and improve our community for years to come.