The purpose of the Parish Council is to protect the interests and well being of the local community. Parish Councillors do this by representing the local community views in response to plans and proposals made by others and trying to improve the quality of life in the Parish.
Each year the Parish Council request from Darlington Borough Council a sum of money, called “the Precept”, which is collected through the Council tax system. This money is used by the Parish Council to perform its role.
Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Council meetings are advertised on the website and on Agenda’s and Minutes of Previous Meetings. Copies of Parish Council Agendas and Minutes are displayed on the Parish noticeboards in Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent.
Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council Meetings or raise issues via e-mail to the Chair or the Parish Clerk.
What do we do?
The Parish Council is the grass roots tier of local authority and has responsibilities for the management of land and facilities within the Parish.
We review and comment on planning applications within the parish.
The council liaises with relevant authorities regarding infrastructure, policing and community issues to represent your views.
We engage with all interested parties regarding the current and the future shape of life in the local area.
The Parish Council took the lead on developing our Neighbourhood Plan.
Your Parish Council is a transparent one and all minutes, agendas and financial audits are published on this website. Access the archive here.
We publish the agendas for our meetings on our website. The archive of agendas is available here organised by year.
All financial documents are published on our website and are organised by year. Available here.
Community & Neighbourhood
We enjoy hearing our parishioners tell us why they love living in the parish of Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent. We developed our Neighbourhood Plan in order to protect the things we love about this area. Read our Neighbourhood Plan here.
When Does the Parish Council Hold Meetings?
We meet regularly and have been holding our meetings online due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic. All meetings are advertised here along with the link if it is a digital meeting or the venue for actual meetings.
Got a problem? Or an idea?
If you have a local issue then do get in touch. Similarly if you have an idea which might improve our parish in any way then do please get in touch.
Parish Councillors care about our community. We carry out our duties as councillors in order to both protect what is great about our parish whilst improving upon those things that might need it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question you have always wondered about? Not sure who, what or why we have a parish council?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.
What do the parish council do?
We meet once a month and make all kinds of decisions on matters which affect the local community. We are statutory consultees on all local planning issues. We manage community assets.
Do councillors get paid?
Councillors do not get paid. The role of the clerk is a paid role. The clerk is paid by the parish council to carry out the day to work of the council.
What are the council's powers in planning applications?
The parish council is a statutory consultee in all local planning applications. We do not however have the power to approve or reject applications. We can comment on applications during one of our regular meetings which are all open to the public.
How do you become a parish councillor?
Parish councillors must be age 18 or over and live in the parish. If there is more than one nomination for a place on the council a vote will take place. Councillors can be co-opted onto the council if there is only one nomination.
What is a parish council precept?
Parish councils have the right to raise money from our parishioners by the council tax process. A part of your council tax is levied by the parish council to raise funds enabling the council to effectively carry out its duties.
Can the parish council give money to charity?
Councillors can carry a motion to donate to a charity during a meeting. There is a limit to the amount.