PEOPLE are being asked for their views on a project to design a new river channel and park area.

A consultation session is being held regarding plans for the Cong Burn between Cone Terrace and Chester Park in Chester-le-Street.

The Wear Rivers Trust are working with the Environment Agency and Durham County Council to redesign the 200m long section of the burn.

The project aims to restore the concrete channel back to a natural river to improve the habitat for fish.

Environment Agency project manager Shonah Holland said: “The lower reaches of the Cong Burn has been tampered with for hundreds of years due to urbanisation and flood defence schemes, which unfortunately has interrupted natural river processes and led to the loss of habitats.”

Residents can give feedback today at the town’s Parish Centre from 1pm to 5pm.

Senior project officer for the Wear Rivers Trust Steve Hudson said: “Now we have received outline designs and artistic visualisations we are very much looking forward to hearing what the general public have to say.”