Durham cobblers

I was disappointed to read Peter Dunn's article "A cobbler takes on the city council" (6 November). The piece contains recycled and unsubstantiated allegations made by a small number of individuals who feel they have a grievance against the local authority.

The true story is that Durham City Council is a forward-looking organisation that has attracted investment in the new Prince Bishop's shopping centre and a combined total of £50m to create a multi-purpose Millennium Centre and leisure facilities. This will breathe new life into the city centre by offering additional facilities to residents and attracting tourism. In turn, this will bring jobs and prosperity to the district.

Mick Bennett
Press Officer, Durham City Labour Group

This article first appeared in the 27 November 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The rise of stealthy wealth