Roger Cornwell

City of Durham Parish Council Elections

Roger Cornwell

Independent Candidate for Neville’s Cross


The City of Durham Parish Council became a recognised legal entity on 1 April and the inaugural elections take place on 3rd May. There are three wards, and I am seeking election in Neville’s Cross, where there are eight seats. For the past twenty years or more I have worked through various voluntary bodies to improve our city, and I hope my record will encourage you to vote for me, so I can continue this work as your elected representative.

A question I am being asked a lot is “Can you tell me how the vote will work? There seem to be over 20 candidates for 8 seats in Neville’s Cross. Will voters be able to make more than one choice, and if so is this in order of preference or just a number of ‘X’s?” The answer is:

Since the abolition of the old City Council in 2009, residents have had no local body to represent them, and this democratic deficit has made it easier for the County Council to impose its will regardless of the wishes of local residents. I have no party affiliation, and generally support progressive policies wherever they may be found.

My vision is that Durham City should be the best we can make it. That means the best for people who live here, work here, study here and visit here. It means the best no matter if you come for a day, a week, a month, three years or a lifetime. It means the best no matter where you were born or how you got here. Neville’s Cross and Durham City have diverse populations, far more so than the rest of the County. I welcome that. The challenge is that we are not one community: permanent residents and students live parallel lives and when they impinge on each other it is often not in a good way. This has to change and if elected I will work to make the Parish Council a catalyst for that change.

These are the main issues which the Parish Council can and should be working on:

I am running as an independent, which means I don’t have to keep to any party agendas that other candidates running on a party ticket would. But it does mean that I don’t have a party machine to canvas for me. You can help my campaign by letting your friends and neighbours know that I am standing, and asking them to vote for me. And if you’re prepared to knock on a few doors, please get in touch by email:

Promoted by Roger John Cornwell of 40 The Avenue, Durham DH1 4EB