Changes to parishes and parish councils

This page sets out information about the decisions made by Council concerning the community governance review, which was carried out to review and consider changes to some parishes and parish councils.  

The Council decisions

On the 19 November 2015 members of Darlington Borough Council met to consider recommendations for changes to some parishes and parish councils. A summary of the changes which Council agreed to make is set out below. More detailed analysis is available in the report, a copy which is available from here [pdf document]

Council agreed as follows:

Archdeacon Newton Parish Council

  • Archdeacon Newton Parish Council is abolished and becomes a parish meeting.
  • Archdeacon Newton parish boundary is changed to the line of the A1(M). The area east of the A1(M) should cease to form part of a parished area.
  • The Local Government Boundary Commission for England be asked to give consideration to redrawing the Brinkburn and Faverdale ward boundary along the line of the A1(M).

View the map showing the changes  [pdf document]

Hurworth Parish Council

  • The northern part of Hurworth Parish Council boundary is redrawn so that the Lanes Parish ward will cease to be in the Hurworth parish boundary.
  • The Lanes Parish ward will cease to form part of a parished area.
  • Hurworth Parish Council continues to be the name of the parish council for the re constituted parish area.
  • The number of councillors elected to Hurworth Parish Council shall be 12 parish council members.

View the map showing the changes [pdf document]

Low Dinsdale Parish Council, Middleton St George Parish Council, Neasham Parish Council and Sockburn Parish Meeting

  • Low Dinsdale Parish Council is abolished
  • The former north parish ward of Low Dinsdale Parish Council, which is in the Sadberge and Middleton St George ward be amalgamated with the existing Middleton St George Parish Council area to form part of a newly constituted parish council for the area, known as Middleton St George Parish Council.
  • The former southern parish ward of Low Dinsdale Parish Council, which is in the Hurworth ward, together with Sockburn parish be amalgamated with Neasham Parish Council to form a newly constituted parish council for the area, known as Neasham Parish Council.
  • The number of councillors to be elected to Middleton St George Parish Council shall be 10 parish council members.
  • The number of councillors to be elected to Neasham Parish Council shall be 8 parish council members.

View the maps showing the changes [pdf document]

The changes come in on 1 April 2016

The implementation date for the changes to the parishes and parish councils is the 1 April because of the parish precept year.

The Reorganisation Order

The order was formally made on the 4 January 2016

A copy of this order is available from here [pdf document]

Public Viewing

As well as being able to access the Reorganisation Order and maps on-line they are available for inspection by coming to the Customer Services at Town Hall, Darlington during normal opening hours.

Timetable

DateActivity
April-June 2015 Consultation inviting submissions from Parish Councils and parish meetings on their proposals for their areas.
July 2015 Council consideration of submissions and preparation of draft proposals. 
August – early October 2015 Public consultation on draft proposals
19 November 2015 Final decision by Council and approval of draft Order
November - December 2015 The Local Government Boundary Commission for England was informed and consulted. They consented to the proposals affecting the 2014 ward boundary review but had no comments about the other proposed changes (because they do not impact on the 2014 ward boundary review and do not require their consent).
December 2015 – March 2016 Implementation of Order, financial arrangements and conduct of nominations/elections for new parish council members/elections
1 April 2016 New arrangements come into force 
5 May 2016 Election/co-option of Parish Councillors for  Parish Councils being newly constituted