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3.—(1) On and after 1st April 2009 the County Durham council shall be the sole principal authority for County Durham.
(2) For the purposes of enactments relating to local government, there shall be a new district, whose area shall be co-terminous with that of County Durham; and the name of that new district shall be County Durham.
4. On 1st April 2009—
(a)the following local government areas shall be abolished—
(i)the borough of Sedgefield,
(ii)the city of Durham,
(iii)the district of Chester-Le-Street,
(iv)the district of Derwentside,
(v)the district of Easington,
(vi)the district of Teesdale, and
(vii)the district of Wear Valley; and
(b)the following councils shall be wound up and dissolved—
(i)Sedgefield Borough Council,
(ii)Durham City Council,
(iii)Chester-Le-Street District Council,
(iv)Derwentside District Council,
(v)Easington District Council,
(vi)Teesdale District Council, and
(vii)Wear Valley District Council.
5. Every person who holds office as a councillor of one of the district councils immediately before 1st April 2009 shall cease to hold office on that date.
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