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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Park play areas re-opening information


We have reopened our park play areas.

Play areas re-opening dates

All of our play areas have now reopened except the following which needs to be repaired:

  • Consett, Allensford Park (due to re-open late November 2021)

How to use the play areas in our parks safely

To continue to keep you, your family and your local community safe, please:

  • Wash your hands regularly and wash them immediately before you leave and after you return home.
  • Bring your own sanitiser and sanitise your hands before and after entering the play area and before and after using any of the equipment.
  • Do not visit if you, or any of your family, are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Be kind and respectful of others.
  • Take any litter home or use any on site bins provided.