Woolsington Parish Council

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Welcome
Welcome to Woolsington Parish Council’s website, your place to find out what’s happening within the Parish. Here you can also get in touch with your parish councillors, find out about meetings, look up agendas, minutes and financial information, vote on ideas around new initiatives, volunteer and engage on key issues with fellow residents.
About Us
Woolsington Parish Council is a local Parish Council, based within the two Newcastle City Council wards of Kingston Park South & Newbiggin Hall and Callerton & Throckley
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies.  They serve electorates and are independently elected. They raise their own budget via a precept. Residents will know if they live within a Parish Council area as they will pay this additional Parish precept charge with their council tax – it will be detailed separately on the bill. The only paid member of a Parish Council is the Clerk
Woolsington Parish covers a large geographical area to the north west of Newcastle. It has both rural and urban communities. Newcastle International Airport is also within its boundary
Woolsington Parish Council itself consists of the wards of Bedeburn, Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Woolsington & Bank Foot (Parish Council Wards.pdf)
WPC has 12 parish councillors (members) who represent the 4 wards. There are no vacancies at present

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BINGO

Galafield Community Centre, 

Every Tuesday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm

All Welcome

Gala Fields Bingo.pdf


Developers work with community to clean up open space near proposed new development site at Upper Callerton

A consortium of developers have banded together with community groups to clean up the local area. Staff from Taylor Wimpey North East, Northumberland Estates and their consultants joined forces with members of local youth group Projects4Change and Woolsington Parish Council to clean up footpaths and open spaces surrounding the proposed development at Upper Callerton.

The litter picking team

The litter pick was arranged following the consortium’s request for initial feedback on its proposals, with the young people at the youth club commenting that they were keen to be involved in environmental projects.

Litter pick sticks, gloves, high vis jackets, bags and boxes were provided by the consortium, and a significant amount and range of litter was collected and disposed of on the day. As a thank you to the young people at Projects4Change who attended the litter pick, Northumberland Estates and Taylor Wimpey North East have also arranged a free visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens later in the year.

The proposed development by the consortium comprising Northumberland Estates, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and the Quadrini family could see up to 1,600 two, three, four and five bedroom homes built at Upper Callerton.

Affordable homes would also be created as part of the scheme, boosting the affordability of home ownership for local people and relieving the pressure on the social housing rented sector.

David Abercrombie, Technical Director at Taylor Wimpey North East said: “As soon as we start planning new developments, we’re keen to get involved with and support the local community as much as possible.

“After receiving valuable feedback on the current state of the area around the proposed development, we knew we could help in providing a genuine solution, which also gives back to the community.”

Barry Spall, Development Planner at Northumberland Estates said: “We’re grateful that so many people showed up on the day as it meant we were able to collect a significant amount of rubbish. The surrounding footpaths and open spaces look much tidier and more welcoming as a result.”

Upper Callerton is part of the Callerton Neighbourhood Growth Area, which has been allocated for the development of approximately 3,000 new homes within the Newcastle Gateshead Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP).

The public consultation, which is live at www.uppercallertonconsultation.com, will be around a master plan that takes into account initial comments from Newcastle City Council, Woolsington Parish Council and the Woolsington Residents’ Association, together with local youth groups.

An estimated 600 new construction and supply chain jobs could be created if plans get the green light, with work on this latest phase of the overall housing allocation for Callerton potentially starting as early as autumn 2023.

Local youth group Projects4Change show Members of Woolsington Parish Council how it`s done



It was great to see children at Simonside Primary School enjoying the Christmas Tree donated by the Parish Council, it looks fantastic



A great day was had at the Galafest, Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane.

Gala Fields Event.pdf

Biodiversity Questionnaire

As part of the planning process we need your input, your thoughts and ideas please. The views of the local community are extremely important and valued. Therefore, it would be very helpful for the shaping of any future biodiversity projects if you could give your views on the following – please note any comments will be treated in confidence.

Please provide your responses to the following questions by email to the Parish Council mailbox: woolsingtonpc@gmail.com 

Subject: WPC Biodiversity 

1. What do you like about the green & blue spaces in the Parish area?

2. Would you like to see the Parish area improved and if so, how?

3. Have you any other comments or suggestions for future biodiversity project work?

Thank you in advance for taking the time.

In the meantime the below photographs may inspire your thinking: Please join us on this journey around the Parish, season by season, as we celebrate some of its natural beauty during 2021.

1 Woolsington Parish WINTER 2021.pdf

2 Woolsington Parish SPRING 2021.pdf

3 Woolsington Parish SUMMER 2021.pdf

4 Woolsington Parish AUTUMN 2021.pdf

For more information about biodiversity and the WPC Project, please follow this link Biodiversity Explained - Woolsington Parish Council (woolsington-parish-council.com)


Biodiversity Explained

Biodiversity Projects are about protecting life in all its forms in order to allow us, and everything we share our planet with, to live happy and healthy lives.

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An Introduction to Woolsington Parish Council Biodiversity Project

Woolsington Parish Council has been running its Biodiversity Project since 2018, in support of the Newcastle City Council`s Green Infrastructure Plan and Bee-friendly City Strategy. This includes the planting of trees, spring bulbs, shrubs and hedgerow, flowers and wildflowers while focusing on local wildlife benefits.

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Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish

Newcastle City Council`s Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish with plans for the creation of an extensive Wildflower meadow.

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A Review of Parish Council Area Biodiversity Project Year

A summary of our achievements in 2019/20.

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2020: Biodiversity Journey around Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin

The Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin areas already contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. The Biodiversity Project is specifically designed to build on and enhance these natural assets.

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2021: Biodiversity Journey around Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington

Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington also contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. Here are just a few examples of where the Parish’s Biodiversity Project is attempting to enhance this natural beauty during 2021.

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A Visit to the Scotswood Community Garden

The Parish Council was greatly impressed, and influenced, by the Scotswood Community Garden. Here they are working with nature to create a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy. The garden aims for a ‘managed wildness’ approach. The garden is about community, either for the local or the wider area, and they welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in their work.

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Building better sites for Butterflies

The Parish Council is greatly influenced by this concept. Designing where we live and work to be better for wildlife is important. Two-thirds of butterfly and moth species are in decline in the UK, and urban sprawl is contributing to their demise.... But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Butterflies of Woolsington Parish

Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures, but do a great deal for the environment. Like bees, they are plant pollinators and they also provide population control for a number of insect species by eating them.

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The Woodland Trust

There are some remarkable trees of variable note at many locations throughout the Parish, some of which border our historic waggonways. Members of the Parish Council are working with the Woodland Trust to help protect theses trees by recording details of noteable and veteran trees on the Woodland Trust Tree Inventory.

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Crocus Carpet

Woolsington Parish Council Chairperson Councillor George Pattison and Catherine McKinnell MP planting the Crocus Carpet on Newbiggin Lane.

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Parish Ponds Restoration: Phase I Removal of Water Soldier Vegetation

Woolsington Parish Council issued a Questionnaire as part of its community engagement process on biodiversity in the Upper Ouseburn corridor. There was a very positive response from residents throughout the Parish with many messages. This helped the Parish Council to establish its vision, and shape future plans, for the local ponds and surrounding area. Outline discussions with the Land Owner (Northumberland Estates), the City Council, and various other Agencies and services also followed.

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Bluebell Dene Phase 1: October 4th 2021

As many are aware, Bluebell Dene is a local beauty spot in Newbiggin Hall, through which runs the main footpath that connects the housing estate with the Metro Station and the surrounding areas of Bank Foot and Kingston Park. In recent years many of the original bluebells and other spring flowers have died off and the area has become untidy and subject to increased anti-social behaviour.

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George Pattison

Chairperson

Councillor George Pattison Bedeburn Ward

Lilian Kennedy

Vice - Chair

Councillor Lilian Kennedy Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jonathan Sabarre

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jonathan Sabarre Bedeburn Ward

Alexander Hay

Parish Councillor

Councillor Alexander Hay Bedeburn Ward

Lilian McGuinness

Parish Councillor

Councillor Lilian McGuinness Bedeburn Ward

Linda Wright

Parish Councillor

Councillor Linda Wright Callerton Ward

John Littleton

Parish Councillor

Councillor John Littleton Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Joanne Couchman

Parish Councillor

Councillor Joanne Couchman Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Brian Hunter

Parish Councillor

Councillor Brian Hunter Newbiggin Hall Ward

Sharon Pattison

Parish Councillor

Councillor Sharon Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jacqui Robinson

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jacqui Robinson Newbiggin Hall Ward

Amy Thomas

Parish Councillor

Councillor Amy Thomas Newbiggin Hall Ward

Andrew Richardson

Clerk to the Parish Council

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held bi-monthly currently at 6.30pm. 

Any items for the agenda must be submitted 14 days before the date of the meeting.         

You are advised to check the location on each agenda.  Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.         

Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business.  If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand.  The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next.

2022/2023 - Agendas and Minutes 

Date
Agenda 
Minutes 
11 May 2022 (including AGM)
WPC Agenda 11.05.2022.pdf

13 July 2022


14 September 2022


9 November 2022


11 January 2023


8 March 2023


2021/2022 - Agendas and Minutes 

Date Agenda Minutes  
12 May 2021 (including AGM)WPC Agenda 12.05.2021.pdfWPC minutes 12.05.2021.pdf
14 July 2021WPC Agenda 14.07.2021.pdfWPC minutes 14.07.2021.pdf
08 September 2021Meeting Postponed to 15 SeptemberMeeting Postponed to 15 September
15 September 2021WPC Agenda 15.09.2021.pdfWPC minutes 15.09.2021.pdf
10 November 2021WPC Agenda 10.11.2021.pdfWPC minutes 10.11.2021.pdf
12 January 2022
Meeting Postponed to 19 JanuaryMeeting Postponed to 19 January
19 January 2022WPC Agenda 19.01.2022.pdfWPC minutes 19.01.2022.pdf
09 March 2022WPC Agenda 09.03.2022.pdfWPC minutes 09.03.2022.pdf

2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes  

2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes  

2018/2019 - Agendas and Minutes 








Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Murmurations are masses of Starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. Usually they occur just before dusk. If you are lucky enough you may see one yourself.

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A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

On a very wet Saturday morning in November 2018 a team of community volunteers turned out near the Wheatsheaf Farm in Woolsington to plant 5000 crocus bulbs.

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Woolsington Parish Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:- 

  1. To enhance community cohesion
  2. To develop social inclusion
  3. To alleviate deprivation 

Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits. 

You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the pre-application condition notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application. 

WPC Grant Application and Conditions.docx

WPC Grant Application Monitoring.docx


In 2020/21 Woolsington Parish Council have provided financial support to

Simonside Primary School

St Marks RC Primary School

Action for Children (Galafield Cafe Project)

INSPIREYOUTH TYNE & WEAR

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2021 - 2022

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022  



Notice of Conclusion of Audit 


Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (13.06.2022 - 22.07.2022).pdf

AGAR 2021 - 2022

Annual-Return-Form3-2021-22_e.pdf


 Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021  

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021  

AGAR Sections 1 and 2.pdf

AGAR Section 3.pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31st March 2021.pdf

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021)..docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021 

Annual-Return-Part3-2020-21-3-e-enabled.pdf


Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020: 

Woolsington Parish Council aim to provide a Parish newsletter 2 times per year.  If you would like to contribute to our newsletter.  Please email woolsingtonpc@gmail.com with your request.  Our Newsletters are below:

Spring 2022  

WPC Newsletter Spring 2022.pdf

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which the Council charges on many new developments.  The money raised helps to pay for the infrastructure needed across the city as a result of developments such as schools, strategic greenspace, flood defences, and strategic transport improvements. 

The Adopted Charging Schedule can be downloaded from the Documents section of this page, along with the Residential and Commercial Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List and the Instalments Policy. 

A Developers Guide is in the Documents section of this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process works, such as what CIL information is needed to be submitted with planning applications and before commencement. It contains links to the Planning Portal CIL page which provides links to the relevant forms to be submitted before you commence your development. A wide range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can also be viewed in the Documents section.

The CIL is charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location.   The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Newcastle. 

Section 106 Agreements continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing also continues as previously. A Supplementary Planning Document has been adopted by the City which identifies what will be expected to be secured through planning obligations and is available in the Documents section. 

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on the 1st September 2020. CIL charges remain the same for developments in the use classes affected by these changes. This includes: Small Retail Units under 280sqm (changing from A1 to E or F2 if mostly selling essential goods, including food and at least 1km from another similar shop), Supermarkets over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E), and Retail Warehousing over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E). Changes to the Use Classes within the ‘All Other Developments’ category remain chargeable at £0. The remaining CIL chargeable development categories are unaffected by the recent Use Classes Order changes. 

Spending the CIL

The funds generated are spent in compliance with the CIL Regulations (Regulation 59) (external link) and in accordance with City Council’s Regulation 123 list of strategic infrastructure.Up to 5% of the levy receipts can be spent on administering and enforcing the levy and are allocated for such purposes. 

Documents

We have started to receive the Parish’s portion of the above payments from Newcastle City Council. These charges were levied by Newcastle City Council on the developers of the new housing estates being built in the Parish. They are not released until certain previously agreed numbers of houses are actually built.

A Section 106 is a legal agreement between a developer seeking planning permission and the local planning authority, which is used to mitigate the impact of their new housing on the local community and infrastructure.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can charge on developments in their area to ensure facilities and services in the area have capacity to keep up with new homes and to enable further sustainable growth.

The funding can only be spent on infrastructure improvements.

We would welcome suggestions from the community, to enable a list to be drawn up of projects to spend this money on, to improve the parish and local area.


Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2020

Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2021


Standards and Codes

The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct  Code of Conduct.pdf

Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf 

Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH                                     

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878               

www.newcastle.gov.uk                                                                                       

If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like, please contact us.