It has been announced that fertility services will continue in Hartlepool.
North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust had previously said it couldn't recruit staff and so couldn't run a safe service. In April the council went to the High Court to appeal the decision and a new consultation was launched.
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a public consultation in which it asked for the views of local people on where assisted reproduction services are located.
At a meeting at Hartlepool Civic Centre this morning the council claimed its was a "victory for democracy."
Experts from Durham University have identified a new gene that could help the development of fertility treatments. The gene makes a protein that enables sperm to bind to an egg - a process essential to fertilisation.