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Inman, Barbara


Councillor Barbara Inman represents Roseworth Ward and was elected in 1995.  She holds ward surgeries at Kiora Hall where members of the public can call in to discuss any issues that they may have.

I was born in Stockton and lived in Ragworth for six years before moving to Roseworth when the house, which is still in the family, was built. I have one older brother and a younger sister and brother.

I went to Ragworth Primary School, then William Newton for a short time then moved again when the new Secondary Modern school was built. When I left school I went to Stockton Billingham Technical College to do shorthand, typing, commerce and accounts.

This led to a secretarial job at ICI where I worked in many different departments for a total of 15 years. Whilst working at ICI I attended night school and gained a number of O and A levels and so at the ripe old age of 31 decided to try to get into teacher training. 

I got in and gained a B.Ed and began my teaching career which was mainly at Ayresome Infant School (which later became Ayresome Primary) and also, during my time there, I studied for and gained a BA with the Open University.

I have always been interested in sport - played for Norton Juniors hockey team whilst still at school before moving into the senior team. I also played National League basketball, squash and badminton as well as doing lots of long distance walking - Swaledale marathons, Lyke Wake Walks and the Great North Run a few times.

About 20 years ago I took up golf - am a member of Darlington Golf Club and have been Lady's Captain twice. I have had a bit of success at the game - the most memorable being when a friend and I qualified to represent the North of England in a competition in Morocco - we were there 5 days and had a fabulous time.

Other interests are travelling and gardening.

In the early 80's I joined the Labour Party. I became minute taker at Constituency Party meetings and also worked for the late Frank Cook MP, as his Constituency Secretary, for a while. I became a Councillor for Roseworth Ward about 19 years ago - my aim then (and still is now) was to make a difference and to represent the people of the Ward to the best of my ability.

I no longer live in Roseworth but I am there very frequently and, though there is still work to do, I think my fellow Councillors over the years and I have achieved quite a lot.

During 2014/15 I represented the Borough as Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees.


Ward Surgeries

5:30PM - 6:30PM


10 September 2018

Kiora Hall, Ragpath Lane

08 October 2018

Redhill Children's Centre, Redhill Road

12 November 2018

Kiora Hall, Ragpath Lane

10 December 2018

Redhill Children's Centre, Redhill Road

14 January 2019

Kiora Hall, Ragpath Lane

11 February 2019

Redhill Children's Centre, Redhill Road

11 March 2019

Kiora Hall, Ragpath Lane


Roseworth Ward Information


MUGA scores a Big Hit

The Multi Use Games Area on Rochester Rd, which was formally opened by Stockton’s Mayor, Cllr Ken Dixon, Karen Hartley, Chair of Roseworth Big Local with former Boro goal ace, Bernie Slaven, and Jim & Barbara, is proving to be a very popular place for youngsters to spend their leisure time. Bernie has continued his involvement with coaching sessions on Thursdays from 6-7pm.

….and in the nearby field

our very own community woodland was planted in a week with 2000 trees of oak, rowan, wild cherry, birch, dogwood and hawthorn by nearly 700 children from Rosebrook, St Gregory’s and Redhill Children Centre and 41 parents during the week and a further 200 approx. on the Saturday—including Barbara & Jim, (seen below pictured with elves Gilbert and Norbert in the flowerpots, and Dr Sue Antrobus, Tees Valley Wild Green Spaces Project Manager from the Tees Wildlife Trust). 


Sue said “The trees will form a dense thicket within 5 years and by ten years it will be a young woodland.” Supported by helpful dog walkers, the site is regularly checked for vandalism and any young trees that have been pulled up are pushed back in. “A few have been uprooted but we are committed to getting the woodland established”.


Searching for Star People in Roseworth Ward

Do you live, work, volunteer or run a business in Roseworth and have an idea to improve your local area or tackle a social issue in your community?  UnLtd’s Star People programme might be for you—but you must have that connection to the Roseworth Big Local area.  UnLtd is a charity which supports people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change their community for the better.  They do this by providing funding and support to help these individuals make their ideas a reality. Star People makes awards ranging from £500 for people to try out their ideas, £5,000 for those with the confidence to take their ideas forward and make it sustainable and up to £15,000 for those with established ventures. Ideas that UnLtd have supported include community gardens, fitness clubs, youth clubs, community cafes and day care services for the elderly. Find them on YouTube for more examples.

So if you’re passionate about Roseworth and you would like some more information on how to apply for a Star People Award, contact Louis Garbutt at, or by phone on 07540756915, or visit the website at


Ward Walkabouts

We have already restarted our programme of Ward Walkabouts involving councillors, neighbourhood police, council staff and Tristar/Thirteen. The next will take place on:

  • 09 June 2016 in Rosslare Road area
  • 21 July 2016 at Rothwell Crescent & Woodlands estate
  • 01 September 2016 in the Romford Road  area.

All start at 10am.

The purpose of these is to identify any problems on site and decide who is best able to put things right. Residents are invited to join us or talk to us on route.


In Brief

  • A drop-in consultation to further gain your views on a modern crematorium on the former Blakeston School fields showed 93% in favour of the Council’s proposal; a planning application has now been submitted and comments can be submitted to the Council up to the 05 May.
  • Most of the few objectors to the crematorium were concerned about a separate private developer proposal for a Lidl supermarket and housing on the adjacent site where the school buildings used to stand; at the time of going to print, no planning application has been submitted.
  • Roseworth Residents Group have received grants from the Council and Big Local for a fun festival on Sunday 26 June as part of the British Cycling National Road Championships being held in Stockton; the looped race route which passes up Durham Road will be decked with bunting and the grassed area adjacent to the Mile and a half/Rothwell Crescent will be the site for stalls and activities.
  • In case you think older people are missing out, the Residents Group are also planning something for that age group to link in with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
  • Did you know we have 22 dog waste bins in Roseworth Ward? Can dog owners please pick up, using these, waste bins or household wheelie bins to dispose of the waste



Stop Smoking

The Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service is offering drop-in sessions across the Borough to those people who wish to give up smoking. There will be help from trained advisors and prescriptions available for treatments such as nicotine replacement or other supporting medication.

For more details of the service and drop-in time table, please ring 01642 383819 or click the website link below to find out your nearest drop-in clinic or pharmacy one stop shop.

View the stop smoking drop in service timetable.

Cleveland Police
Information on your local Neighbourhood Team.

Although Roseworth has about average crime (and anti-social behaviour) levels in the Borough, our neighbourhood police are determined to reduce this even further. But they can't do it without your help! Police and Ward councillors recently urged a resident's meeting to report all crime so that resources can be targeted to the right place and a case can be put forward for more if needed.

Online Services
Report it - Apply for it - Pay for it As well as the usual ways of contacting the Council for a service, a range of services can now be requested online. To find out more about the Online Services use visit 'Most Popular and Do It Online'.



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