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Durham and Framwelgate, Durham Rural District, Brandon and Byshottles
The City of Durham was, from 1974 to 2009, a non-metropolitan district of County Durham in North East England, with the status of borough and city.
Durham District Wikipedia
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the existing City of Durham and Framwelgate with Brandon and Byshottles Urban District and Durham Rural District. The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England.
The Council was made up of 50 councillors elected in all-out elections every four years (last elections 2007). The last political composition was Liberal Democrat 27, Labour 15, Independent 8. The 2003 elections saw the Liberal Democrats gain overall political control of the council from Labour, benefiting from boundary changes and substantial gains in Durham's eastern suburbs. Labour had held overall control of the City Council continually since the early 1980s.
Mayors of the City of Durham are styled "The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Durham". The Mayoralty is taken as a continuation of the mayoralty of the pre-1974 Durham and Framwelgate. The Mayor of Durham is entitled to an armed ceremonial bodyguard and claims to be equal fifth in civic precedence behind the Lord Mayors of London, York, Cardiff and Belfast . Since the merger of the City Council into the Durham County Council unitary authority in 2009, mayoral appointments have been made by the Charter Trustees of the City of Durham (composing the Durham County Councillors with divisions within the former City of Durham district area).1974/75 John J. Ramshaw, B.E.M.
1975/76 Clifford Ellison, B.E.M.
1976/77 James Mackintosh
1977/78 Allan Thompson, J.P.
1978/79 Joseph Edward Wright, B.E.M., J.P.
1979/80 James Barr Lattimer, J.P.
1980/81 Joseph Sylvester Anderson
1981/82 William Taylor
1982/83 Walter Stobbs
1983/84 Derek Hanson
1984/85 Ebenezer Shuker
1985/86 Alan Crooks, J.P.
1986/87 Robert Clewes
1987/88 Ivy Elaine Humphries
1988/89 Mildred Brown
1989/90 James Alfred Fearon
1990/91 William Henry Hartwell
1991/92 David Bell
1992/93 Michael Rochford
1993/94 Maurice Crathorne, M.B.E.
1994/95 William Dermot Cavanagh, M.A.
1995/96 Stephen Terence McDonnell, D.N.
1996/97 Joseph Sylvester Anderson
1997/98 Neil Griffin, BEd, M.A.
1998/99 Derek Young
1999/00 Margaret Adair
2000/01 George Wharton
2001/02 John George Cowper
2002/03 Eileen Rochford
2003/04 Raymond Gibbon
2004/05 Mary Ruth Hawgood
2005/06 John George Taylor Lightley
2006/07 William Jeffrey Lodge
2007/08 Robert Wynn
2008/09 Grenville Holland
Other civic appointments in the City of Durham at its merger with Durham County Council included:Deputy Mayor – currently Councillor Robert Wynn.
Town Clerk – the Council's chief executive.
Recorder – the Council's Director of Legal Services.
Chaplain – the Dean of Durham Cathedral.
Judicial Recorder (since 2005) – currently His Honour Judge Richard Lowden
Billet Master – to be held by a senior Durham City police officer
Pant Master – the Council's Director of Environmental Services
Posts within the Mayoral Bodyguard
The central area of the City of Durham (the area covered by the pre-1974 City of Durham and Framwelgate) is not parished. Those parts of the district formerly part of Durham Rural District or Brandon and Byshottles Urban District are all parished. The current Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council is co-terminous with the pre-1974 UDC and has inherited some of its responsibilities (e.g. allotments).
Civil Parishes in the former City of Durham district are:Bearpark
Brandon and Byshottles
Croxdale and Hett
The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England although Durham will retain its city charter through the appointment of charter trustees. All functions of principal authority local government are now administered by a unitary Durham County Council, including the appointment of the Mayor of Durham. There is a current proposal to create a Durham Town Council, covering the city centre and Newton Hall. While supported by the Liberal Democrat controlled City Council, the Labour controlled County Council has opposed it.