The Sands Public Inquiry

The Inquiry is now expected to take at least seven days: 27-29 April 2021 and after a week’s break to accomodate the local elections, a further two days on 11-12 May. A further one or possibly two days are needed to finish. These have been delayed due to capacity problems with LiveStreaming, and are now planned for 1 July and if necessary 7 July. Links to the livestreams will be added here closer to these dates. It takes place online, and participants are using Microsoft Teams. Non-participants can follow this live stream on YouTube:

When the link to the next live stream is known, it will be shown here.

Earlier days’ hearings

Tuesday April 27th

Wednesday April 28th

Thursday April 29th

Tuesday May 11th

Wednesday May 12th

This page has links to documents relating to the application by Durham County Council to deregister part of the common land at The Sands in Durham City.

The Statement of Case and Proofs of Evidence on behalf of the City of Durham Parish Council, the Freemen of the City of Durham and others. This includes the Statement of Case from the barrister acting for the Parish Council and the Freemen, plus evidence from

The County Council’s Statement of Case

The Inquiry Inspector is Edward Cousins. Both sides will be represented by barristers, the County Council by Stephen Whale, and the Parish Council and the Freemen jointly by Nicola Allan.

The law condemns the man or woman
That steals the goose from off the common
But lets the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.
— Eighteenth century verse

Photo © 2019 Robert Warne, used with permission