Robertson Homes Update

Robertson Homes have advised that sections of hedgerow have been reduced in height for advertising purposes and that all appropriate permissions were granted by DBC. These sections will be allowed to grow back.

It has always been Robertson Homes intention to retain the hedge line along the A67, with some thinning works to ensure this is allowed to thrive. There will be some additional planting behind the existing hedgerow, to reinforce the screening of the development

Within the next 2/3 weeks, the security fencing on Gate Lane will be removed and the area landscaped – hence the covering of the foundations of the two affordable homes, as these will be the last two properties to be built.

Stay safe

The Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Council

Anti-Social Behaviour Update

Andy Cusick called to advise that it is has been arranged to increase team numbers over the next week – it would normally be end of term!
Regrettably, rubbish left continues to cause concern – again, thank you to all who give their time to collect.

Ward Cllr Gerald Lee attended a Health Scrutiny Meeting on Wednesday, 15th July. He raised the problems we are experiencing with visitors and social distancing. The Health Director was very concerned – the intention is to prevent a second wave of Covid-19. The Health Director is to talk with the Police Authorities, however, the present situation calls for the Police to cover a large area throughout the County.

The Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Council
17 July 2020



Following discussions with Ward Cllrs Gerald Lee and Paul Crudass, together with Andy Cusick – Rural NPT (Rural Policing), we can confirm that the Local Authorities and Landowner are working together, in an effort to resolve the various issues of anti-social behaviour.

Andy Cusick and his team are now patrolling the riverbank on foot and has requested residents continue reporting any disturbances to him:
Tel: 07815729022 / Email: / or ring 101

Issues with DBC, pending action: Signage re cyclists and Litter/dog waste bins

Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Council

Robertson Homes Update

Email received from Robertson Homes

Reopening site w/c 27 April, with a small team to carry out task of preparing the site for working safely and in compliance with Government recommendations. Once confident measures are effective, they will commence a phased return, at a scale which social distancing can be safely observed.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries – LC&M Parish Council

Reporting of Anti-social behaviour

In the event of anti-social behaviour this can be reported to the Darlington Borough Council enforcement team who have the expertise and authority to provide the correct response. The following link gives an online form and further information.

For more serious occurrences please call 101 or 999 as appropriate to the situation.







For more information, visit

Community support network

A community network to provide EMERGENCY support for vulnerable residents 24/7 is available by contacting.

Chris Neasham 01325 463043 or 07850880253
Jake Miller 01325 2875087 or 07813884857
Liz Steele 01325 483592

UPDATE FROM ROBERTSON HOMES: 37 Housing Development, Gate Lane

Further to the correspondence below  I have been informed that our groundworks contractor will be starting onsite tomorrow.

The first action will be to deliver an excavator to the site in order to begin forming the site access from Gate Lane so that any future deliveries can be offloaded inside the side and off Gate Lane. The plan is to deliver the excavator at around 9.15-9.30 in the morning to avoid the morning traffic. The low loader lorry which will deliver the excavator will need to stop on Gate Lane for around 15 minutes to offload the excavator into site. This may restrict the access along Gate Lane for the short period though we will have staff on hand to direct traffic.

As per our discussion when we met on site previously the works for the remainder of the week will consist of the single machine creating an access into the site with intermittent stone deliveries. Any small vehicles associated with the works will enter the site via the existing field gates as discussed.

After these works all future deliveries and vehicle movements into the site will be able to drive straight off Gate Lane and into the site.

I understand there is a parish council meeting tonight so if you could please pass on this information to your colleagues.

With regard to the hedge trimming. We are currently preparing to trim the hedges around the full development and will include Gate Lane within these works.

UPDATE: 37 Housing Development, Gate Lane, Low Coniscliffe

Following recent contact with Robertson Homes, a response was received from Richard Bass, Regional Director, in which he stated he was keen to re-engage communications, as Robertson’s head towards commencement of building works on site; indicating early September.
With this in mind, Richard suggested a meeting prior to works starting, to explain how they planned to carry out the works, proposed timescales, and to meet the team who will be responsible for the development on a daily basis.
Richard indicated he was keen to understand any concerns held and hoped these could be addressed before the works commenced and that Robertsons would like to continue dialogue as works continue in the future.

Due to the inevitable tight timescale, the Parish Council, on your behalf, met with Steve Burn, Ian Gourley and Gary Chester from Robertson’s, on Thursday, 22 August 2019. A copy of the Suggestions List, together with Robertson’s comments will be delivered to you within the next day or two.

It was agreed that when site works are due to start, Robertson’s would letter drop the surrounding residents, to ensure you are aware and give contact details should you have any issues.

Should you have any initial queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Parish Council.

Christine A Marshallsay
Chair – LC&M Parish Council
01 September 2019