A COUNCIL is facing further pressure to reveal details of the deal to sell Durham Tees Valley International Airport in 2003.

Councillor Health Scott, leader of the Conservative group on Labour-led Darlington Borough Council, pressed the authority over whether it would publish information relating to the sale of its stake in the airport to airport operator Peel.

At a meeting of the council’s Cabinet, Cllr Scott said ahead of formal motions being made over the matter at the next full meeting of the authority in July, answers were also needed about if the authority would make public key documents regarding its dealings with Peel.

Luke Swinhoe, the authority’s assistant director of law and governance, said the matter was subject to ongoing litigation, with both Stockton and Darlington councils had appeal before the first tier tribunal in respect of decisions by the Information Commissioner.

He said while there had been requests similar to Cllr Scott’s to councils across the Tees Valley, conversations were ongoing between the legal officers for those authorities and Peel.

He said: “Peel are concerned about commercial confidentiality about some of the aspects of the documentation. We still haven’t got to a position where there is one view about disclosure. There’s also some other Peel processes in train at the moment."