Wear Valley

Coordinates: 54°42′58″N 1°55′30″W / 54.716°N 1.925°W / 54.716; -1.925

Wear Valley was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district in County Durham, England. Its council and district capital was Crook.

Wear Valley District
Wear Valley
Shown within Durham County Council area.
 • OriginBishop Auckland Urban District
Crook and Willington Urban District
Tow Law Urban District
Weardale Rural District
 • Created1974
 • Abolished2009
 • Succeeded byCounty Durham
ONS code20UJ
GovernmentWear Valley District Council
 • HQCrook

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

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Bishop Auckland, Crook and Willington and Tow Law urban districts, along with Weardale Rural District.

The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, becoming part of the Durham County Council unitary authority.

Wear Valley had a population of around 65,000 in 2001.


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.[1][deprecated source]

Electoral divisionsEdit

At the time Wear Valley District Council was abolished the electoral wards were:

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

Largest settlementsEdit

1. Bishop Auckland - 24,000

2. Crook - 13,000

3. Willington - 5,000


  1. ^ "Taxpayers pay £1,000 a week to store 15,000 wheelie bins in a field - while council chiefs decide what to do with them". Daily Mail. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008.

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