Remembering Councillor Dave Fleming

Councillor Dave Fleming washing up

It is with great sadness we share the news of the sad passing of Councillor Dave Fleming who represented Henknowle Ward. Councillor Fleming passed away peacefully on 19th June 2021 surrounded by his loved ones after a short illness.

Councillor Fleming, or Dave to those who knew him, has been a valued and greatly respected member of Bishop Auckland Town Council for over 7 years and was Mayor of Bishop Auckland in 2013 and again in 2018. Being a member of the Town Council was a proud achievement for Councillor Fleming and he was always a positive voice for the Officers of the Council and showed unwavering support for the aims and aspirations of the Town Council to help improve Bishop Auckland. Dave will be sadly missed by all.

Mayor of Bishop Auckland Councillor Katie Eliot has said “It is with heavy hearts we learnt of the passing of Councillor Fleming. Dave was a great asset to not only the Town Council but to Bishop Auckland as a whole. He worked tirelessly for the town and his voluntary work with Woodhouse Close Community Church Foodbank helped hundreds of people and families across the town. He is a great loss and we will really miss him.”

There are great stories of Dave during his time as both Town Councillor and as Mayor, he certainly wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. From manning stalls at the Food Festival, coordinating fund raising activities, undertaking allotment site visits where he was often seen checking out the taps as tribute to his younger days as plumbing apprentice, washing the dishes at events or simply being willing to help out anyone who needed it, there was never anything that was too much trouble.

Our thoughts are with Councillor Fleming’s family and friends at this sad time.


Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings, 22nd June

Decision MakingThe next Town Council meeting will be held at St Mary’s RC Church, Vart Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6PQ on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 at 6:00pm.

A meeting of the Planning Committee will immediately follow the meeting of the Town Council, starting no earlier than 7:00pm.

The Church is next to Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre and there is parking within the Church Grounds. 

Members of the Public and Press are welcome to attend. However, in light of coronavirus restrictions, attendance needs to be registered with the Town Clerk prior to attending to ensure that the meeting space is large enough to accommodate everyone safely. To register attendance please call 01388 207110 or email by noon on Monday 21st June 2021.

The Chairman advises members of the Council and the public that the meeting or part of the meeting may be recorded by audio and may be by video.

A copy of the agendas and reports are now available to download on the Agendas and Minutes Page.

Finance Committee Meeting, 11th January

Decision MakingThe next meeting of the Finance Committee will be held via Zoom on Monday 11th January 2021 at 4:00pm.

A copy of the agenda and reports are now available to download on the Agendas and Minutes Page.


Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 4547 0939
Passcode: 448196


You will need to download and install the free Zoom client on your device, prior to the start of the meeting.

Planning Applications in Bishop Auckland, 24th December 2020

Tape Measure and Pencil on top of a Floor Plan

The latest list of planning applications have been posted on the Consultations page.

Christmas Opening Times

The Town Council office will be closed from 12:30pm on Thursday 24th December 2020 until 9am Monday 4th January 2021.

If you have a urgent query, please email; please note there will be limited access to emails during this period.

On behalf of the Mayor, Councillors and staff, we would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Merry Christmas from Town Councillors and Staff at Bishop Auckland Town Council