Woolsington Parish Council

Making a Difference in Your Parish Today

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: 

  • to secure and enhance our open green and blue spaces for the entire community
  • to protect and develop these habitats for nature in all its forms
  • to maintain and join-up wildlife corridors for existing and future generation

Each of these objectives plays an important role in improving our quality of life and in maintaining our physical & mental health and well-being.

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.

Subject: WPC Biodiversity : please provide your responses to the following questions by email to the Parish Council mailbox: woolsingtonpc@gmail.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.

1 Woolsington Parish WINTER 2021.pdf

2 Woolsington Parish SPRING 2021.pdf

3 Woolsington Parish SUMMER 2021.pdf

4 Woolsington Parish AUTUMN 2021.pdf

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

Our Website
We do hope that you enjoy your visit to this site.
If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like, please use the contact us page or by email woolsingtonpc@gmail.com
Thank you for visiting our site.

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

All Welcome

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

Gala Fields Event.pdf

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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Coronavirus information and advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

 That includes compulsory face coverings in many public spaces; requiring people to again work from home where possible; and the introduction of a need to prove your COVID vaccination status, or that you’ve returned a negative test, in order to enter certain locations or events. 

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: 

  • Be considerate – continue wearing a face covering indoors – particularly in crowded areas – and on public transport to protect others, including our frontline workers who we all rely on
  • Be cautious – the pandemic is not over, and continuing to wash your hands, wear face coverings, keep your distance and meet outdoors when you can, will help to prevent the virus spreading
  • Be kind – many people may still feel anxious about changes to restrictions, be mindful of how others may still want to distance and wear face coverings

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.

Find out more about Newcastle's Covid Control Plan 

Useful Links

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.

Ask for ANI domestic abuse codeword scheme.docx

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.

Safe Newcastle Unit Room 34 Civic Centre Newcastle NE1 8PR web page www.safenewcastle.org.uk Telephone number 0191 2777833 or email: safenewcastleadmin@newcastle.gov.uk 

George Pattison


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 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 

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.pdf
12 January 2022
Meeting Postponed to 19 January
Meeting Postponed to 19 January
19 January 2022WPC Agenda 19.01.2022.pdf

09 March 2022

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)


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

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 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 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. 

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. 


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               


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