Parish Councils and meetings

Parish Councils and Parish Meetings

The rural area of Darlington is made up of 10 Parish Councils and 15 Parish Meetings. Each Parish Council comprises Councillors who have been elected to represent their area and deal with the local issues and concerns of the relevant local parish area. The Parish Meetings each have a Chairperson (elected by the parish at an Annual Meeting) to represent the Parishes' views.

The Parish Councils/Meetings are consulted on planning applications, local plans and other issues that may affect the electorate in their area.

Members of Parish Councils are obliged to sign up to the local government Code of Conduct and are required to observe the requirements contained within it. It is also a requirement for Parish Councillors to complete a 'register of interests'. This is a public document that lists their affiliation to, or membership of, other bodies and also any employment or business that they carry out. It will also contain details of any land within the parish boundary in which they have a beneficial interest.

Parish Council elections are held every four years.

Changes to Parishes Councils and Parish Meetings

Following a review, a number of changes to parish councils and parish meetings came into effect on 1st April 2016. 

Archdeacon Newton Parish Council, Low Dinsdale Parish Council and Sockburn Parish meeting were abolished. Middleton St. George Parish Council, Hurworth Parish Council and Neasham Parish Council were reconstituted with amended boundaries. Elections were held on 5 May 2016 for the reconstituted Parish Councils.

Further details of the changes to parishes and parish councils.

Details of the closing audit of the former Low Dinsdale Parish Council [pdf document].

The Parish Councils in the Borough of Darlington are:

  • Bishopton (7 seats)
  • Heighington (9 seats)
  • High Coniscliffe (7 seats)
  • Hurworth (12 seats)
  • Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent (7 seats)
  • Middleton St. George (10 seats)
  • Neasham (8 seats)
  • Piercebridge (5 seats)
  • Sadberge (7 seats)
  • Whessoe (7 seats – 6 seats in the Harrowgate Hill Parish Ward and 1 seat in the Whessoe Parish Ward)

If there are more candidates than there are seats, an election will be held. If not, the Returning Officer may declare that the election is uncontested, and that the nominated candidates are elected unopposed.

If there are insufficient candidates to fill all seats, the Parish Council can move to co-option to fill any remaining vacancies, and this must be done within 35 days following the election date.    

Parish Councils

Parish CouncilClerkChairCouncillor and register of interests
Bishopton (7 Seats) Mr D Thorman
4 Town House Close
Bishopton
Stockton-on-Tees
TS21 1HX
Councillor Lindley MacMahon [pdf document]

Bishopton House
2 The Green
Bishopton
TS21 1HF
Councillor N Melaney [pdf document]
Councillor M Moses [pdf document]
Councillor J Robins [pdf document]
Councillor C Headlam [pdf document]
Councillor G Preston [pdf document]
Notice of Vacancy - Published on Monday, 18th July 2016 
Heighington (9 Seats) Ms. L. Dunn

heighingtonpc@yahoo.com
Councillor B Anderson [pdf document]

68 Westwood Avenue
Heighington
DL5 6SA
Councillor G C Blenkinsopp [pdf document]
Councillor M French [pdf document]
Councillor G G Lee [pdf document]
Councillor C S Teare [pdf document]
Councillor E Thompson [pdf document]
Councillor M Woodward [pdf document]
Councillor L Bedocs [pdf document]
Councillor L C W Garner [pdf document]
 
High Coniscliffe (7 Seats) 1 Vacancy Mr M H W Brown
The Tithe Barn
8a The Green
Headlam
Darlington
DL2 3HA
Councillor J W B Snaith [pdf document]

Old Hall
23 The Green
High Coniscliffe
Darlington
DL2 2LJ
Councillor P Branch [pdf document]
Councillor A M Honneyman [pdf document]
Councillor G Robson [pdf document]
Councillor W F Shepherd [pdf document]
Councillor C Simmonds [pdf document]
 
Hurworth (12 Seats) Mr P Allan
The Grange Community Association
41 Hurworth Road
Hurworth
DL2 2BN
  Councillor G A Wylie [pdf document]
Councillor M J Williams [pdf document]
Councillor J A Peacock [pdf document]
Councillor E Medley [pdf document]
Councillor W R Campbell [pdf document]
Councillor P A Walters [pdf document]
Councillor R Lawley [pdf document]
Councillor S P Coultas [pdf document]
Councillor D Wood [pdf document]
Councillor C Paylor [pdf document]
Councillor J L Forster [pdf document]
Councillor P Foster [pdf document]
 
Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent (7 Seats)
Mark Bailey

markbail@aol.com
Councillor M Ellerton [pdf document]

93 Low Coniscliffe Village
Darlington
DL2 2NG
Councillor A Craggs [pdf document]
Councillor P Ellerton [pdf document]
Councillor S Gatenby [pdf document]
Councillor L Steel [pdf document]
Councillor T Stuckey [pdf document]
Councillor C McLay [pdf document]
 
Middleton St George
(10 Seats)
Mr A Macnab
5 Whitebridge Drive
Whinfield Park
Darlington
DL1 3TY

msgclerk@aol.com

Councillor M A Wilson [pdf document]

37 Middleton Lane
Middleton St George
DL2 1AF

Councillor C Everett [pdf document]
Councillor C J Gilsenan [pdf document]
Councillor V Greenwell [pdf document]
Councillor J S Crowther [pdf document]
Councillor M Robertson [pdf document]
Councillor M Beadle [pdf document]
Notice of Vacancy published on Monday, 19th June 2017 
Neasham
(8 Seats)
John Walker
High Barn
Sockburn Lane
Neasham
Darlington
DL2 1PH

NeashamPC@gmail.com
  Councillor G T Crute [pdf document]
Councillor E A Miller [pdf document]
Councillor C M Murray [pdf document]
Councillor D K G Dodwell [pdf document]
Councillor P A Dunn [pdf document]
Councillor K Sandick [pdf document]
Councillor J R Alderson [pdf document]
Councillor J W Weighell [pdf document]
Notice of Vacancy - Published on Monday, 6th February 2017

Notice of Vacancy - Published on Monday, 16th November 2016

Neasham Parish Council Agenda - February 2016

Neasham Parish Council Minutes - December 2015 Neasham

Parish Council Agenda - March 2016

Neasham Parish Council Minutes - February 2016

Neasham Parish Council Agenda - June 2016

Neasham Parish Council Minutes - May 2016
Piercebridge (5 Seats) Martin Clark
66 Chestnut Court
Toft Hill
Bishop Auckland
DL14 0TQ

mclark2033@aol.com
Councillor Mrs S Chalmers [pdf document]

3 Bridge End
Piercebridge
Darlington
DL2 3SF
Councillor R C Blamire [pdf document]
Councillor C J Hodgson [pdf document]
Councillor C Steel [pdf document]
Councillor D Taylor-McDonald [pdf document]
 
Sadberge (7 Seats) Mr A Mackenzie
Mayfield House
Middleton Road
Sadberge
DL2 1RR
Councillor L Tate [pdf document]

1 South View Cottages
Sadberge
Darlington
DL2 1RX
Councillor S W Best [pdf document]
Councillor M Heath [pdf document]
Councillor J R Heywood [pdf document]
Councillor D Lazenby [pdf document]
Councillor M Schott [pdf document]
 
Whessoe (7 Seats)
1 Vacancy

Whessoe Parish Website [external link]
Julie Bell
40 Swinburne Road
Darlington
DL3 7TD

jbellwpc@gmail.com
Councillor D Cummings [pdf document]

11 Camborne Drive
Darlington
DL3 0ZJ
Councillor D Cummings [pdf document]
Councillor S Dawson [pdf document]
Councillor S A Robinson [pdf document]
Councillor S Goldfinch [pdf document]
Notice of Vacancy - Monday, 24th July 2017

Parish meetings

Parish MeetingClerkChair
Archdeacon Newton N/A Mrs. R. Tweddle
Garthorne Farm
Archdeacon Newton
Darlington
DL2 2YB

01325 466818
rosalind@tweddle.plus.com
 
Barmpton N/A Mr G Mitford
Herb House Barn
Barmpton Lane
Darlington
DL1 3JF
Brafferton N/A Mr B Wood
Lorien
The Green
Brafferton
Darlington
DL1 3LA
01325 321221
Coatham Mundeville N/A

 

 

 

Denton N/A Mrs J S Mannion
Laburnum House
Denton
DL2 3TY
East and West Newbiggin N/A Ms. L. Tostevin,
Stone Gables,
West Newbiggin,
Norton Back Road,
Sadberge.
DL2 1SU
Great Burdon N/A Mr. M. Bean,
4 The Green,
Darlington.
DL1 3JL
Great Stainton Mrs S Bell
The Anchorage
Great Stainton
TS21 1NA
sbell6@aol.com
Mr I Ridley
Acorn House
The Green
Great Stainton
TS21 1NA
i.ridley566@btinternet.com
Houghton Le Side N/A Ms J McKenna
Tanglewood
Houghton le Side
DL2 2XH
Killerby N/A Mrs Debbie Campbell
Nova Cottage
Killerby
Darlington
DL2 3UQ
debannecampbell@aol.com
Little Stainton N/A Mr S Chapman
Manor Farm
Little Stainton
TS21 1HN
Morton Palms N/A Mrs R Walton
The Beeches
Morton Farm
Middleton St. George
DL2 1JZ
Sockburn N/A Mr I Riddell
Pond View
Sockburn Lane
Neasham
DL2 1PH
Summerhouse N/A Mrs P Taylor
The Old Post Office
Summerhouse
DL2 3UD
pat.taylor4@nhs.net
Walworth Mrs M Anderson
Quarry End
Walworth
Darlington
DL2 2LY
Mrs J Younghusband
Botany Cottage
Walworth Gate
Darlington
DL2 2UA