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Wear Valley was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district in County Durham, Englandmarker. Its council was based in Crookmarker.

The district covered much of the Weardalemarker area. In the west it was parished and rural, whereas in the east it was more urban. Crook and Willingtonmarker are unparished.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Bishop Aucklandmarker, Crook and Willingtonmarker and Tow Lawmarker urban districts, along with Weardale Rural Districtmarker.

The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England.

After agreeing a new waste collection policy involving fortnightly collections under a Labour majority in 2007, the local elections in 2008 turned the council to Liberal Democrat control, who promptly reversed the policy - resulting in 15,000 of the £560,000 order for new tweenie waste bins sitting in a local farmers field at a cost of £1,000 per week.

Electoral divisions

  • Bishop Auckland Town Bishop Auckland Town ward; Cockton Hill ward
  • Coundon Coundon ward; Dene Valley ward
  • Crook North and Tow Law Crook North ward; Howden ward; Tow Law and Stanley ward
  • Crook South Crook South ward; Wheatbottom and Helmington Row ward
  • Weardale St John's Chapel ward; Stanhope ward; Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear ward
  • West Auckland Escomb ward; West Auckland ward
  • Willington Hunwick ward; Willington Central ward; Willington West End ward
  • Woodhouse Close Henknowle ward; Woodhouse Close ward


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