A FORMER derelict car park has been transformed into a new space for villagers to sit.

The refurbished square in Witton Gilbert is on land which used to be the car park of a former pub, which is now a convenience store.

Witton Gilbert Parish Council led the £123,000 scheme, which was funded by the Durham Area Action Partnership, money from the development at Walnook Grange and a one-off council tax hike of 133 per cent.

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The square features history of the village, with design inspired by its prehistoric roots, and agricultural and mining past.

Council chairman Neil Liddle said: “We are absolutely delighted with the finished work.

“The village square is unique and we now have a superb focal point for people to meet up."

He added: "The village has been really really behind it and it has turned an ugly site into somewhere beautiful."