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People asked about school sites

Parents are being asked for their views on the location of three new "super-schools" planned for County Durham.

Under the county council plans, the academies will replace existing schools in Durham City, Stanley and Consett.

The government will fund the bulk of the costs involved, with local sponsors providing up to £2m per school.

Teachers at Belmont School held one-day strikes in May and June in protest over plans to replace it. The council branded the action as "disappointing."

Five potential sites have been identified for the new schools, and people have until 3 July to comment.

'Very important'

Two of the sites are in Durham City, at the existing site of Belmont School Community Arts College, or its detached playing field and land on Sunderland Road, opposite Durham City Retail Park.

Other possibilities are in Consett, at Belle View, next to the leisure centre, or at Crookhall, between the Consett by-pass and Delves Lane.

There is one site in Stanley, the former Kings Head sports field, off High Street.

Consultation documents for people to get more details about the sites and give their feedback were available from Monday in all local schools and via Durham County Council's website.

Councillor Claire Vasey, cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "Deciding on locations for the academies is a very important part of the process and we look forward to receiving feedback from people on the possible site we have identified."

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