Area Action Partnerships

On 1st April 2009 Durham County Council became a unitary authority bringing together the former district councils of Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale, Wear Valley and Durham City.

As part of the change, Area Action Partnerships (known as AAP’s) were created to form key ways of working with local people.

There are 14 AAP’s across County Durham; each is made up of an Area Forum and an Area Board to identify and tackle issues in local communities. AAP’s then put plans and actions in place to deliver services where they are needed most.   The AAP boards are made up of elected members from organisations such as the county council, town and parish councils, and health, police and fire brigade, community and voluntary groups, and the public.

Each AAP’s structure involves:

  • An Area Forum: for all-comers to meet twice a year to consider issues such as agreeing priorities for the area and reviewing progress of the partnership Board.
  • An Area Board: 21 members who will meet at least six times a year to discuss how the AAP is progressing against its action plan, manage spending and work with local partners around service issues.    

Within the local 'South Durham' geographical area there are five AAP's: