About Us

We are the Local Council for Annfield Plain, Bloemfontein, Catchgate, Clough Dene, Craghead, Greencroft, Harelaw, Kip Hill, The Middles, New Kyo, No Place, Oxhill, Quaking Houses, Shield Row, South Moor, Stanley, Tanfield, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, West Kyo and White-le-Head. With a population of more than 31,000, the Town Council represents one of the largest local council areas in County Durham.

The Council was set up in 2007 to give Stanley people a stronger voice and influence over matters affecting the area. In the current climate where we have a unitary County Council covering a huge area under significant financial pressure from ongoing budget reductions, the need for local representation is greater than ever.

The Council is committed to improving our area, improving the quality of life in all our communities and developing a sense of pride. The Council has the power to raise funds through Council Tax and invest in almost anything that will improve amenities for our residents.

We want your views. Please let us know what they are through the contact us page.


Recent News

Meeting to discuss the future of Shield Row Community House

Volunteers / Committee Members are being sought to form an appropriate Committee to take on the management and running of Shield Row Community House.

Local residents who don’t want to volunteer but would like to use the building or have ideas about activities and/or services,  are also welcome.

A Meeting was held at 6pm on Wednesday 19th October 2022 in the Eden Studio of The Venue, Wear Road, Stanley, DH9 6AH.

Shield Row Community House

Stanley Town Council Launch Warm Space to help over the winter period

Stanley Town Council has launched its Warm Spaces project along with many other organisations and community run venues, where residents can go to stay warm this winter, whilst also having a warming drink and meal all for free.  Magazines and books for light reading are also available during the time.

These networks of Warm Spaces are made up of libraries, community centres, church halls, sports clubs and other places that are opening their doors to anyone who needs them.
With many of these venues offering free warm drinks and food as well as offering activities and opportunities to socialise, but anyone simply looking for somewhere warm and comfortable to go are also welcomed.

Other organisations offering similar services include:
Annfield Plain Community Centre
St Stephens Centre – South Stanley
Craghead Village Hall
Quaking Houses Village Hall Association.
PACT House Stanley
Stanley Youth & Community Hub
SSP Community Café
Tanfield Lea and District Community Centre
The Venue
The Waiting Room at Harelaw
Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP)

Stanley Wins Best in Class

Stanley Town Council are proud to announce that “Stanley in Bloom” took “Best in Class” for the Large Town Category at the 2022 Northumbria in Bloom.

Stanley Town Council have worked alongside a number of Community and Business Partners for many years, creating a sense of well being through means of ‘In Bloom’.  Once again these excellent working relationships and hard work have finally been recognised with Stanley gaining Silver Gilt for the 2nd year running and winning “Best in Class” for Large Towns. The Town Council are delighted to achieve this award and would like to thank all of the staffing team involved in creating and advising on all things Bloom, the Community and Partners for their efforts in supporting this success for the whole Parish.

Other Businesses, Communities & Partners supported the entry by pulling together and becoming “Special Entries” for the Stanley In Bloom entry with incredible results were:

St Joseph’s RC School Stanley – School’s Category – Gold
Just for Women Centre Stanley – Small Commercial Business Category – Gold and Best in Class
South Causey Inn Hotel Stanley – Hotels & Guest Houses Category- Gold and Joint Best in Class
The Ball Alley Public House – Pub’s Category – Silver Gilt
Stanley Park Care Home Stanley – Care/Residential/Convalescent Category – Gold and Best in Class
Tanfield Villa, Tanfield Village, Stanley – Residential Communities Category – Silver Gilt

Further success for Stanley came in the category of “In Your Neighbourhood” Northumbria In Bloom 2022 Awards, with fantastic results. Stanley Town Council would like to say a big well done!

North Durham Academy – Improving
Quaking Houses Village Hall Association – Outstanding
Chapel Wedding Cars – Advancing
Louisa Centre Stanley – Thriving
Hollie Hill Care Home Stanley – Advancing
Catchgate Primary School – Outstanding
South Moor Police Station – Thriving
Greenland Community & Primary School – Improving
Oxhill Youth Centre Stanley – Outstanding

The above entries to the national competition in the “In Your Neighbourhoods” (IYN) section of the competition, are all first-year entries for 2022 – well done to you all!!