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