County Durham residents are being given the chance to nominate the important local buildings and heritage items which they value the most.
Durham County Council’s Local List project aims to seek out previously unidentified treasures across County Durham that members of the public would like to see protected and celebrated.
The campaign is part of a national pilot project funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
It will see much loved gems, which make up the county’s rich and vibrant cultural history, but which may not qualify for national Listed Status, added to the council’s local list to help protect them through the planning system.
Residents could nominate a building, structure, item of street furniture, landscape, open space, street sign or even a shipwreck of local significance.
Nominations are being sought for eight pilot areas across the county: Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Sacriston, Sedgefield, Seaham, Shotley Bridge and Staindrop.
Residents can also nominate items found along the Stockton and Darlington Railway line including those within the Stockton and Darlington council areas, as part of a partnership project with the Heritage Action Zone.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to have their say and tell us what treasured items from their community they want to protect. Some of these smaller items make a big difference to our communities and contribute to the rich, significant culture which can be found here in County Durham.
“As part of our bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025, we are determined to celebrate all aspects of our heritage and ensure they are protected for future generations to enjoy. I would encourage all residents in our pilot areas to nominate the items that matter to them. And, if the project proves successful, we will look to extend it across the county to create even more opportunities to celebrate our vibrant heritage.”
Residents have until 22 November to nominate historic buildings and heritage items in their area.
For more information on the project or to nominate, people can visit www.durham.gov.uk/localheritagelist