IN response to the letter from Rhys Burriss about the review by the new regime at Durham County Council of the Sands headquarters development (HAS, June 21), I am part of the new joint administration, and I and others are seeking to address the concerns of many residents and council tax payers in County Durham.

The closing of the DLI Museum and the new council HQ are top of the agenda, and we have asked that senior officers carry out a review of where we are, and how we can take things forward for the benefit of our residents.

Most Echo readers will recall that back in January 2018 I spoke against what I saw as a waste of public money, moving our HQ from Aykley Heads to one of the most inaccessible places in the city.

No members of the joint-administration are simply going to rubber stamp what the Labour Party and its cronies wanted. We are going to consult and listen to all people across the county.

The Labour Party consulted and just did what it wanted, and we are going to work and make decisions for the benefit of all.

I have not changed my mind and am not likely to do so!

County Councillor John Shuttleworth (Ind), Weardale, Durham County Council.