Durham County Council

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Durham County Council
Durham County Council flag
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Bill Kellet, Labour
Since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Simon Henig OBE, Labour
Since 15 April 2014
Chief Executive
Terry Collins
Seats 126 councillors[1]
Political groups

Executive (74)

Opposition (52)

Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
County Hall, Durham

Durham County Council is the local authority of the non-metropolitan County Durham (i.e. excluding the ceremonial county's boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, which have their own unitary authority councils) in North East England. Since 2009 it has been a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. From 1889 to 2009 it was a county council in a two-tier arrangement.

At the time of the 2011 census it served a population of 513,200, which makes it one of the most-populous local authorities in England. It has its headquarters at County Hall in Durham.


Durham County Council was initially established in 1889 as the upper-tier local authority for the administrative county of Durham. The county council was reconstituted in 1974 as a non-metropolitan county council. Darlington was removed from the area of responsibility in 1997. Durham County Council became a unitary authority on 1 April 2009 when the seven remaining districts of the county (Durham (City), Easington, Sedgefield (Borough), Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, and Chester-le-Street) were abolished and the county council absorbed their non-metropolitan district functions.

Following the structural changes in 2009, legislation[2] allows for the council to name itself "The Durham Council", however the council has retained the name of Durham County Council.

The current leader of the council, Simon Henig is since 15 April 2014 also chair of the North East Combined Authority.[3]


  1. ^ https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=PARTY&VW=LIST&PIC=0
  2. ^ The Local Government (Structural Changes) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provision) Order 2009
  3. ^ Fearn, Hannah (25 March 2015). "The 'super-council' leader making friends across the north-east". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by
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