Your Parish Council

Welcome to the website of Gainford & Langton Parish Council.  We serve the communities of Gainford and Langton in Teesdale, County Durham.

Get involved

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns which you feel the council should be aware of.  If you think we can help with an issue you are experiencing. Or if you would like to learn more or join us. 

What is a Parish Council?

A Parish Council is a legal entity separate from  each of its individual members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. … Your Parish Council is an elected body and is the first tier of local government able to deal with grass roots, local issues. 

What do we do?

The Parish Council manages the recreation field, village green spaces, facilities and specific land within the Parish.

We review and comment on planning applications within the Parish.

The council liaises with relevant authorities regarding infrastructure, policing and community issues to represent your views and get the best advantage for the local area.

We engage with all interested parties regarding the current and the future shape of life in the local area.

The Parish Council have taken the lead on developing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Community & Neighbourhood

Learn more about our community groups and neighbourhood plan.

Latest News

Read about the latest projects your Parish Council has been involved in. 

Meetings & Minutes

Your parish council is a transparent council and all minutes, agendas and financial audits are published, here, on this website.  Access the archive by clicking here.


We are fortunate to live in a beautiful parish.  Click here to access our gallery of local images.


Already have an allotment? Make sure you pay your rent and complete an online agreement here.  Want to take on an allotment? Contact us here

Your Council

Want to know what the Parish Council is responsible for?  Find out more here.

Contact Us

Get in touch. Find out how here. 

Calendar & Events

Find out what’s on and when the parish council are meeting here.

Finance & Audits

All financial documents are published on our website. We adhere to the Transparency Code. Archive finance here. All our current finance documents are here.

Planning Applications

Access any local planning applications here. 

Latest News

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Community & Neighbourhood

We never tire of hearing our parishioners tell us that one of the reasons they love living in our parish is our caring and close community.  The sense of neighbourhood which exists here.  In this section learn more about our school, places of worship,  our community organisations, businesses, clubs and societies. Not forgetting our wonderful village hall; the venue for our council meetings and for so many celebrations over the years. Read more….

Covid-19 Response News

Prescription Delivery Update

A small team are continuing to deliver prescriptions across the area covered by Gainford Surgery and up until Thursday 9th April 343 prescriptions had been delivered....that is 343 visits saved to the surgery by some of our most vulnerable residents. We cannot thank...

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Art Exhibition May 2020 | Online

If you would like your art work to take part in a video promoting the artistic talents of Gainford, Winston and Langton Parishes please read on. You will need to take a photo of your art work, unless of course it is already a piece of photography (then it will already...

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Fish and Chips on Good Friday!

A message from our very own Debbie.... Debbie and Rachel are happy to announce that they are open on Good Friday, serving delicious, freshly cooked fish, chips, parmos and all the extras….safely during the current corona virus situation. Pre-orders are being taken...

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223 Prescriptions Delivered

An amazing 223 prescriptions have been delivered by our team of volunteers in only 6 days!  Beginning on Monday 30th March up until Monday 6th April, our own team of volunteers have worked so hard, and saved 223 visits to the surgery. Keeping our surgery staff safe....

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Revised Bus Timetable From 30.3.20

Thanks to Tony Kennan for keeping us up-to-date with the revised bus timetables. Please note these new changes take effect on Monday 30th March. Please remember however that any travel should be done in accordance with the government guidelines.  Only key workers and...

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Parish News April

Don't be disappointed...whilst your parish news is not being delivered for the next few months you can "read all about it" here online. Click the image of the front cover and the e-copy of the Parish News will open in a .pdf version. Below your parish news will open...

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Clap for the NHS

The following post has been circulated on social media and seems a lovely way to show appreciation of our amazing health service workers. If anyone would like to join the national applause on Thursday at 8pm we will be applauding from our garden.

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Got a Problem?

If you have a local issue then do get in touch.  We are not there just for the nasty things in life. If something is going well…let us know!

All parish councillors live in the parish.  We carry out our duties as councillors in order to both protect what is great about our parish whilst striving to ensure it’s sustainability.

Got an Idea?

Do you have an idea for something which could make a positive difference to our community? 

Please get in touch!  We would love to hear of your ideas.

When Does the Parish Council Hold Meetings?

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month unless it is a bank holiday.

We hold our meetings in Gainford Village Hall.  There are some parking spaces and the hall is on the main bus route through the village. 

All members of the parish are welcome…you don’t even have to stay for the full meeting.  If you just want to raise an issue you are most welcome to do so during public participation which is held in the first 15 minutes of each meeting, from 7.00 – 7.15pm.

You can let us know you are attending but we would love to meet you.


Got a question you have always wondered about?  Not sure who, what or why we have a parish council? 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. You just might find the answer to YOUR question.

What do the parish council do?

We meet once a month and make all kinds of decisions on matters which affect the local community.  We are statutory consultees on all local planning issues. We manage community assets. 

Do councillors get paid?

Councillors do not get paid. The role of the clerk is a paid role. The clerk is paid by the parish council to carry out the day to work of the council. 

What are the council's powers in planning applications?

The parish council is a statutory consultee in all local planning applications.  We do not however have the power to approve or reject applications. We can comment on applications during one of our regular meetings which are all open to the public.

How do you become a parish councillor?

Parish councillors must be  age 18 or over and live in the parish. If there is more than one nomination for a place on the council a vote will take place. Councillors can be co-opted onto the council if there is only one nomination. 

What is a parish council precept?

Parish councils have the right to raise money from our parishioners by the council tax process. A part of your council tax is levied by the parish council to raise funds enabling the council to effectively carry out its duties. 

Can the parish council give money to charity?

Councillors can carry a motion to donate to a charity during a meeting. There is a limit to the amount.  Details regarding our grant awarding policy are here

Contact Us

You can get in touch by phone.  Our clerk, Martin can be contacted on 07908442413 or by email to

Further ways to get in touch are here.

When We Meet

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except August).

Our calendar is here.

We have a 15 minute public participation section at the start of each meeting. You are most welcome to attend.