The Parish of Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent is a small rural Parish located within the West End of Darlington Borough
We are seeking a part-time Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, to work on average 10.5 hours per month, working principally from home. A laptop and printer are provided. Other than a requirement to attend and support Parish Council meetings, which currently take place on a Tuesday evening every other month, the Clerk is expected to provide guidance to the Parish Council to ensure it acts within its powers and complies with all legal and statutory responsibilities.The role includes:

  • Preparation of agenda and minute taking at Parish Council Meetings
  • Follow up on agenda items and actions from meetings
  • Liaise with the Local Authority
  • Management of accounts, including maintaining financial records, bank account reconciliation, preparation of budgets, PAYE etc
  • Preparation of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return
  • Management of the Parish Council Website and its ongoing administration
  • Filing and archiving records

Salary is calculated according to National Joint Council Guidelines, pro rate for the number of hours and dependent on experience.
Meetings are currently virtual on-line via the Zoom platform but are normally face to face in St Edwins Church Hall, High Coniscliffe.

A letter of application, together with CV, should be sent to the following email address:

Email: krissymarshallsay@gmail.com

Or, by post to Christine Marshallsay, 34 Low Coniscliffe, Darlington DL2 2JY

Closing date for applications is midnight 5th February 2021


Notice of Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 19th December at 7.00pm using the Zoom platform
There is an Item on the Agenda for Public Forum, if you would like to bring anything to the attention of the Parish Council for consideration please contact the Parish Clerk as shown below:
Mobile         07905 259303
E-mail         lindatheclerk@gmail.com
If you could like to join the Zoom meeting please e-mail the Clerk who can send you the joining instructions
COVID-19 UPDATE:Notification has been received from WCllrs Gerald Lee and Paul Crudass that Covid-19 testing will commence Monday, 11 January 2021 at the Heighington Village Hall.
THIS COVID TESTING INVITATION IS OPEN TO EVERYONE IN THE WARD.Testing is on different times of the week in 15 minute slots, through the day. To book a Covid test in Heighington Village Hall, either telephone 01325 405000 OR  go to www.darlington.gov.uk/TestingYou will be given a choice of dates and times for your test
Stay Safe, Stay Well
Notice of Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 8th December at 7.30pm using the Zoom platform
There is an Item on the Agenda for Public Forum, if you would like to bring anything to the attention of the Parish Council for consideration please contact the Parish Clerk as shown below:
Mobile         07905 259303
E-mail         lindatheclerk@gmail.com
If you could like to join the Zoom meeting please e-mail the Clerk who can send you the joining instructions
Just a reminder that you only have 5 days left to submit your comments, feedback and suggestions.
Reply to :     lindatheclerk@gmail.com
Post to :        Linda Hopper, 30 The Green, High Coniscliffe, Darlington, DL2 2LJ
The Parish Council have, on your behalf, consulted with Darlington Borough Council to be recipients of a contribution from the S106 funding to be paid to DBC by Robertson Homes to mitigate the effects of the development on Gate Lane, Low Coniscliffe. An initial Schedule of Improvements was prepared, under the terms of a S106  Agreement, and subsequently submitted to Darlington Borough Council.At a meeting with a representative of Darlington Borough Council on 02 October 2020 we were advised that, based on the content of our application, DBC would grant the Parish Council a contribution from the S106 funding.In an effort to provide a prioritised Schedule of Improvements, in line with an overall consensus of opinion the Parish Council are preparing to contact all residents for their comments.You will receive a letter over the next few days with all the information required and we would be grateful for your comments, feedback and suggestions.Please find links below with further information if needed :

Section 1 S106 Application for Funding
S106 Schedule of Improvements
S106 Proposed Improvements Locations Plan

The Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Council
November 2020

 Covid 19 update

In light of new regulations from the Government, and the complexities of holding a Parish Council meeting with the public in attendance, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold a meeting for the foreseeable future.

However, if you have any issues that you would like to raise in the meantime please don't hesitate to e-mail lindatheclerk@gmail.com who will be happy to forward these to council members for consideration.

September 2020




The proposed Representation Period will run from Thursday 06 August - 17 September 2020.

This is the final opportunity to have your say on the legal compliance and soundness of the Local Plan, before it is submitted for Independent Examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Parish Council have, on your behalf, engaged the consultancy services of Jo-Anne Garrick. You may remember, Jo-Anne worked with us on the development of the Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Parish Neighbourhood Plan. Jo-Anne will complete and submit the Representation Form(s) on our behalf.

For full details, including how you can make comments, please visit Proposed Submission Local Plan Webpage, via darlington.gov.uk/ Planning Policy / New Local Plan

August 2020

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: andrew.cusick@durham.pnn.police.uk / 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