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Welcome to Duddon Parish Council

The Organisation

Duddon Parish is situated in South West Cumbria, mainly within the Lake District National Park, and was formed in 1976 to incorporate the old parishes of Broughton West, Seathwaite with Dunnerdale and Angerton.

The Parish

The Parish stretches from the summit of Wrynose Pass in the North to the Duddon Estuary on Morecambe Bay in the South.

The main town within the parish is the small ancient market town of Broughton-in-Furness, which has a Charter dating back to 1575. 

The Valleys
Contained within the wide boundaries of the parish are the Duddon Valley, much beloved by Wordsworth, the secluded Lickle Valley, the beautiful Woodland Valley and the marshes of Angerton on the Duddon Estuary.

The Communities
The main hamlets in these valleys comprise Woodland, Broughton Mills, Ulpha, Dunnerdale, Seathwaite, Cockley Beck & Angerton.

28 January 2021

Full Parish Council Meeting

Thursday 7:30 pm View Details

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Latest Parish News

Tier 4


December 2020
tier 4

Cumbria Moves into Tier 4

The Government has today announced that Cumbria will move into Tier 4 of the new COVID-19 restrictions classification system from midnight tonight (00:01 on 31 December). The message for Tier 4 areas is ‘Stay at Home’.

Under the new restriction level there must be no household mixing, aside from support bubbles and just two people meeting in public outdoor spaces. Education settings will remain open in Tier 4 during term time. All hospitality must close aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery. All personal care businesses, non-essential retail, indoor leisure and entertainment venues must also close.

Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so. People must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home and those living in Tier 1 – 3 places should not enter Tier 4 areas.

Cumbrians are being urged not to forget the basic ways they can help keep themselves and others safe and help avoid spreading infection – Hands - Face – Space. Please maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash hands regularly.

The area’s status is expected to be reviewed after 14 days.

Cumbria’s Director of Public Health Colin Cox, said:

“The very latest data indicates that the number of new infections is increasing in all of our six districts, especially in Eden and Carlisle. The rate of spread as a result of the new strain is exceptionally quick and this is why decisive and immediate action is required. As a result of the spike in numbers hospitals across the country remain under intense pressure and it is simply not sustainable for numbers in hospital to remain at these levels so it’s vital that action is taken now to try and reduce the spread.

“The new restrictions will have an impact on some of the things we have been able to do under the Tier 2 level and I would encourage people to familiarise themselves with the latest guidance on Tier 4 is not dissimilar to the first lockdown where people must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.

“I would also encourage people to remain vigilant and follow the rules. Keep doing the simple things that really do make a difference - maintain social distancing, wear face coverings and wash your hands.”

Plans are also in place for Cumbria to receive the new Oxford vaccine in the new year.

Decisions on tiers are made by Government ministers informed by the following factors:

  • Case detection rate (in all age groups and, in particular, amongst the over 60s);
  • How quickly case rates are rising or falling;
  • Positivity in the general population;
  • Pressure on the NHS – including current and projected (3-4 weeks out) NHS capacity – including admissions, general/acute/ICU bed occupancy, staff absences; and
  • Local context and exceptional circumstances such as a local but contained outbreak.

If these indicators are not improving, an area may be moved up a tier and if the trajectory improves, the area may move to a lower tier.

Full details of the new restrictions can be found at


Seathwaite Bridge Update


December 2020
Seathwaite Bridge

Now that we have opened Seathwaite Bridge to vehicles up to 18t GVW, which should benefit communities over the coming winter months and springtime, we are now starting to focus our attention on the permanent strengthening to 40t, and local widening. This is due to take place next year.

Having spoken to some of the stakeholders, including the farming community and Outdoor Activity Centre, we know that there are a number of concerns that we need to consider so as to minimise disruption whilst the bridge is closed. It is most likely that works will take place between mid-July and early September, during the school summer holidays and whilst livestock is outside.

Over the coming weeks we will continue discussions with the Emergency Services about how they will manage emergency response during the closure, we will also discuss our proposals with the local Mountain Rescue Teams.

We are working with our contractor to see how works can be undertaken to reduce the time that the road will remain closed whilst the bridge is stripped back to the masonry arch and strengthening works undertaken. Consideration has been given to installing a temporary bridge however this would be a major undertaking, it would be very costly and would require a number of approvals that are likely to be more onerous than those required for the strengthening works and could potentially put the works at risk for next year.

We will try our best to reduce any negative impact on the area as a result of undertaking this work, however it is important that these works are undertaken now so as to provide unrestricted access to the area, for all, in the future.

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