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Easington Village is conveniently situated to the east of the A19 trunk road with easy access to many sites of natural beauty, the cities of Durham and Sunderland and the large town of Hartlepool. There are shops in Easington Colliery and neighbouring Peterlee with a few actually situated in the village.
Easington is an ancient village, one of a strip of pre-Norman settlements about a mile from the North East coast in the County of Durham. It has an interesting past not only historically but also geologically. It is one of the Durham villages, most of them medieval in origin, which were planned around a green with two Grade I Listed Buildings – St Mary’s Church and Seaton Holme (the former Rectory now a community building owned by the Parish Council) nearby.
Seaton Holme is the gateway to the Durham Heritage Coast. The coast is made up of wooded denes with several outstanding areas of Magnesian Limestone grassland. Hawthorn Dene is located between Easington and Seaham on the Durham Coast.
Easington Parish Council started in 1894 taking over the responsibilities of the local ecclesiastical parish. They took over from St Mary’s Vestry Committee and became responsible for running everyday affairs with a committee of local people.
As Easington Colliery grew larger residents from the Village felt that boundary changes were need and a separate Parish Council should be formed for Easington Village. Following a successful campaign by residents Easington Village Parish Council was formed in 1983 and held it’s first election in May 1984.
There were no Parish buildings in the village so meetings were held initially in the former Easington District Council Chamber. When Seaton Holme, which was a derelict building and eyesore in the village, became available to purchase from Durham County Council the Parish Council took the opportunity to purchase the building for £1. The building was renovated with the help of numerous grants and the Parish Council was the first Parish Council to receive a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.
Easington Village Parish Council is made up of 9 Councillors from the village. Meetings are normally held at 7.00 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month (except August) in Seaton Holme.