LAST week I took a photograph of the County Durham flag at the new art installations in Bishop Auckland Market Place.

The three pieces of so-called art are called “Ps in a Pod” and are by the artist Louise Plant.

What concerns me more than these three so-called masterpieces are the three empty public houses that I also got in my photograph, the Queen’s Head Hotel, the Postchaise (formerly the King’s Head) and Castles.

Bishop Auckland was once known as Bish Vegas due to the fantastic night life and vibrant pubs.

Today the Market Place merely lacks the tumbleweed and its transformation into a ghost town will be complete.

Does Bishop Auckland council actually care or is it too busy cosying up to Baron von Ruffer?

J Moffatt, Chilton