Woolsington Parish Council (WPC) has been running its Area Biodiversity Project since 2018, in support of Newcastle City Council`s Green Infrastructure Plan and Bee-friendly City Strategy. Throughout this time the project has given WPC Members the perfect opportunity to explore, study and record the natural habitat and beautiful landscape that exists in the Parish.
The Parish consists of 4 Wards: Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn, Callerton and Woolsington & Bank Foot. Each area contains wonderful landscapes, veteran trees, hedgerows and many other lovely natural features.
We are now starting to emerge from the restrictions imposed on us by the pandemic. However, we still face many challenges; the continuing pressures on the greenbelt and wildlife, further largescale plans for housing development, accompanied by never ending disruption.
Through its Area Biodiversity Project, WPC has the following objectives:
Each of these objectives plays an important role in improving our quality of life and in maintaining our physical & mental health and well-being.
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.
Subject: WPC Biodiversity : please provide your responses to the following questions by email to the Parish Council mailbox: email@example.com
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.
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.
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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It was great to see children at Simonside Primary School enjoying the Christmas Tree donated by the Parish Council, it looks fantastic
Galafield Community Centre,
Every Tuesday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm
A great day was had at the Galafest, Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Newcastle City Council`s Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish with plans for the creation of an extensive Wildflower meadow.Learn More
A summary of our achievements in 2019/20.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Woolsington Parish Council Chairperson Councillor George Pattison and Catherine McKinnell MP planting the Crocus Carpet on Newbiggin Lane.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
The COVID-19 pandemic continues and it is still possible to catch and spread the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. People are still becoming very ill and even those with mild symptoms can go on to develop long Covid. Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant the Government has implemented its Plan B Covid winter response.
You can find out more about the changes on the government website.
It is important to remember that COVID-19 has not gone away, regionally case rates are some of the highest we have seen throughout the pandemic.
While thankfully hospital admissions are not as high as previously, they are growing. People are still becoming very ill and even those with mild symptoms can go on to develop long Covid.
To help protect others and keep Newcastle open there are some things we can all keep doing:
The people of Newcastle have worked hard throughout the pandemic and made many sacrifices. Thank you for your continued support to ensure these efforts aren’t wasted.
Newcastle's COVID Control Plan
The Newcastle COVID Control Plan sets out the collaborative approach to be taken in Newcastle to prevent a new COVID-19 outbreak in the city as well as the response and control plans that would need to be implemented in the event of an outbreak.
CityLife Line: If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, or if you know somebody in Newcastle that is, you can access information, advice and support from CityLife Line. CityLife line can offer support to those self-isolating worried about food, work or money. Their Welfare and Wellbeing Team work Monday to Saturday between 8am and 8pm and can be reached on 0191 277 8000.
Citizens Advice: Citizens Advice help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. Their phone number is 0300 330 9055.
Support for Older People: Age UK provides information, guidance and reassurance to older people and their families. You can call their advice line on 0800 055 6112.
Domestic Violence: Nationally domestic abuse charities have reported a 25% increase in the number of requests for help since the Government's stay indoors restrictions came into force. People experiencing domestic abuse can get information by contacting the National Domestic Abuse Helpline (NDAH) on 0808 2000 247.
Mental Health Support: Tyneside and Northumberland Mind may be able to help you access wellbeing support for more information. Their number is 0191 477 4545.
Councillor George Pattison Bedeburn Ward
Vice - Chair
Councillor Lilian Kennedy Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Jonathan Sabarre Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Alexander Hay Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Lilian McGuinness Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Linda Wright Callerton Ward
Councillor John Littleton Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward
Councillor Joanne Couchman Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward
Councillor Brian Hunter Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Sharon Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Jacqui Robinson Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Amy Thomas Newbiggin Hall Ward
Clerk to the Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings
Meetings are held bi-monthly currently at 6.30pm via Zoom.
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.
2021/2022 - Agendas and Minutes
|12 May 2021 (including AGM)||WPC Agenda 12.05.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 12.05.2021.pdf|
|14 July 2021||WPC Agenda 14.07.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 14.07.2021.pdf|
|08 September 2021||Meeting Postponed to 15 September||Meeting Postponed to 15 September|
|15 September 2021||WPC Agenda 15.09.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 15.09.2021.pdf|
|10 November 2021||WPC Agenda 10.11.2021.pdf|
12 January 2022
|Meeting Postponed to 19 January||Meeting Postponed to 19 January|
|19 January 2022||WPC Agenda 19.01.2022.pdf|
|09 March 2022|
2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes
|13 May 2020 - No AGM till 2021|
|10 June 2020||WPC Agenda 10.06.2020.docx||WPC minutes 10.06.2020.docx|
|08 July 2020||WPC Agenda 08.07.2020.docx||WPC minutes 08.07.2020.docx|
|09 September 2020||WPC Agenda 09.09.2020.docx||WPC minutes 09.09.2020.docx|
|11 November 2020||WPC Agenda 11.11.2020.docx||WPC minutes 11.11.2020.docx|
|13 January 2021||WPC Agenda 13.01.2021.docx||WPC minutes 13.01.2021.pdf|
|10 March 2021||WPC Agenda 10.03.2021.docx||WPC minutes 10.03.2021.pdf|
2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes
|08 May 2019 (including AGM)||WPC Agenda 08.05.2019.docx||WPC minutes 08.05.2019.docx|
|10 July 2019||WPC Agenda 10.07.2019.docx||WPC minutes 10.07.2019.docx|
|11 September 2019||WPC Agenda 11.09.2019.docx||WPC minutes 11.09.2019.docx|
|13 November 2019||WPC Agenda 13.11.2019.docx||WPC minutes 13.11.2019.docx|
|29 January 2020||WPC Agenda 29.01.2020.docx||WPC minutes 29.01.2020.docx|
|11 March 2020||WPC Agenda 11.03.2020.docx||WPC minutes 11.03.2020.docx|
2018/2019 - Agendas and Minutes
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:-
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.
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
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2020 - 2021
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020:
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.
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.
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
|Woolsington Parish Council CIL Report 2021.pdf|
|1 Gala Field Cafe.zip|
|2 Detached Sessions - Social Infrastructure.zip|
|3 Parish Ponds.zip|
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
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