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Westmorland and Furness Council Elections 2022


May 2022

The Westmorland and Furness Council election count has concluded.

The results for the Westmorland and Furness Council elections are now available at

The count was held today after elections were held in 33 wards in the Barrow, Eden and South Lakeland areas.

There was a 37.97% overall turnout.

The make-up of the Shadow Authority for Westmorland and Furness Council is:

Conservative: 11

Green: 1

Independent: 2

Labour: 15

Lib Dem: 36

Cost of Living Crisis


April 2022

As the cost of living crisis looms large in our communities, we wanted to make you aware of the range of support available to anyone who may need it. Please find attached a booklet outlining support available across Cumbria along with a leaflet listing food support available in South Lakeland.

More information can also be found on the County Council website;Cost of Living Support | Cumbria County Council

To find specific support with accessing food in your local area, you can also do a search by postcode using this link;Welfare - help with food | Cumbria County Council

You are welcome to share this information widely and with anyone who might find it useful.

Best wishes,

South Lakeland Area Support Team



March 2022

To gather information on communities and organisations in Cumbria that are involved in (or planning to get involved in) supporting people from Ukraine Carolyn Otley Community Resilience Officer Cumbria CVS has developed a Survey monkey questionnaire

More information about the Government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme can be found here:

Ulpha Bridge Closure


March 2022



February 2022

18 February 2022


Are you interested in helping to shape the future of local government in Cumbria?

Anyone considering standing to become a councillor on the new Westmorland and Furness Council is being invited to an online briefing event to learn more about the election process.

The online briefing is being held Wednesday, 2 March, for agents and potential candidates looking to stand for election to Westmorland and Furness Council.

From 1 April 2023 local government in Cumbria is changing, as the current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced by two new unitary authorities.

In the area currently covered by Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District councils a new authority, Westmorland and Furness Council, will be taking over providing all the services currently delivered in those areas by district and borough councils and the county council.

As part of the complex process to set up the Westmorland and Furness Council, elections will take place in May this year to elect 65 councillors in new wards across the Westmorland and Furness area. These councillors will be elected for a five-year term of office, the first year on a ‘Shadow Authority’ that willoversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council, followed by four years on Westmorland and Furness Council.

The Shadow Authority will have important business to conclude before April 2023, including adopting a constitution and code of conduct for the Westmorland and Furness Council and appointing a cabinet and leader.

They will also designate interim officers to key statutory positions so that the new council can legally operate and will take decisions to prepare for the running of all services currently carried out by the county, borough and district councils from April 2023.

The existing county, borough and district councils will continue to operate and deliver services until April 2023 and the Shadow Authority will work alongside, until Westmorland and Furness Council ‘goes live’ on 1 April 2023. It will be at that point the Shadow Authority and its 65 councillors become the new Westmorland and Furness Council and the existing county, borough and district councils will be dissolved.

Anyone who is interested in standing for election to Westmorland and Furness Council is being invited to attend the online briefing, starting at 5pm on 2 March 2022, being hosted by the election Returning Officer, Sam Plum, who is Chief Executive of Barrow Borough Council.

Sam Plum will be joined by election officers to explain more about the process of standing for election, including details about the nomination process and deadlines.

Potential candidates and agents can register for the briefing by sending an email to:

The deadline to register for the briefing is Monday, 28 February at 5pm.

A further email containing the Teams link and joining instruction for the briefing will then be forwarded to all those who have registered. The intention is to record the briefing and make the recording available on request to anyone unable to attend on 2 March.

For more information about the Local Government Reorganisation process in Cumbria, please see:Home (


Expected Storms


February 2022

Be aware there are two big storms coming - Cumbria Local Resilience Forum partners are preparing for these, and you can help by getting prepared too. For example:

  • Avoid travelling during the windiest periods (tomorrow - Wednesday - lunchtime/evening/night, and then again on Friday) when conditions could be really poor, and there is a risk of trees falling.
  • Stay off the hills and off the water - it's not going to be any fun out there, and they'll be there to enjoy another day
  • Be prepared for a power cut (although fingers crossed there won't be any significant one) - check you've got batteries for torches and radios, some food that doesn't need cooking (you can never have too much chocolate in the house etc.
  • If you do experience issues like a loss of power or communications, please check on your neighbours and help them if necessary - the response within communities is essential, and almost always the quickest support that people will get - and Cumbria's really good at it!

Smart Meters


February 2022

It seems a lot of people are having issues with their smart meters. Simon Fell is doing a survey on this matter. It appears that rural communities such as ours are being punished because of the paucity of rural connectivity. The survey may provide some real world information to help improve the situation for us rural areas.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey on the following link

Handy Person Scheme


January 2022


News release

21 January 2022


Residents in need of practical help around their homes are being reminded that a free council-run service could provide support.

South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC) Handy Person Scheme offers assistance with simple but essential jobs around the home to help people maintain independent living and quality of life.

The service provides help with anything from changing a lightbulb to putting up shelving, installing hand rails and small repairs such as unblocking sinks, as well as fitting curtain rails and moving heavy items.

The scheme, run in partnership with Barrow-based repairs and service company Growing Concerns, also enables the fitting of minor security measures including; a key safe, door viewer and chain.

The work is free of charge except for the cost of materials, unless they have been supplied as part of a scheme with a partner agency.

Councillor Suzie Pye, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and poverty alleviation, said: “We have been running the Handy Person Scheme successfully for a number of years in partnership with Growing Concerns and have received great feedback about the service they provide. It’s a fantastic scheme and vital to those who don’t have family or friends nearby to help with those odd jobs round the house you can't do yourself.

"Helping people in our communities to be independent is a priority for South Lakeland District Council and this service is a fantastic way to help achieve that. I would urge anybody who thinks they, or somebody they know, would benefit from this scheme to get in touch."

Assistance under the Handy Person Scheme is available to people who are unable to undertake the task themselves and have no other person available to help them with the task and reside in the South Lakeland area, who:

• are aged 65 and over; or

• have a disability or are vulnerable; or

• are being discharged or have recently been discharged from hospital; or

• are at high risk of falling due to a medical condition; or

• potential victims of crime, who are referred by the police.

Works are limited to a maximum of three hours on site if one handy person visits, or 1.5 hours if two handy people visit. Gardening and decorating are not included. Eligible households can use the service up to six times a year.

The scheme is supported by Cumbria Constabulary and Age UK, and the fitting of minor security measures is also included in the scheme.

David Shields, who runs Growing Concerns with his wife, Marie, said: “We are proud to have worked with South Lakeland District Council for the past 17 years. The range of work we can carry out is wide and makes such a difference to our clients.

"To see how grateful they are for what the scheme can provide is better than anything."

Further details of the scheme, including qualifying criteria and time/usage constraints, are available on the council’s website at, via telephone on 01539 733 333 or via email on Referrals should also be made via that telephone number or email address. Referrals can be made on behalf of someone else with their permission.


Work available through the scheme includes:

• Fitting of minor security measures such as spy-holes, door and window locks and security lighting;

• Fitting key safes, door bells or telephone extension leads;

• Changing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes;

• Fitting plugs/fuses or fixing down/making safe trailing or loose wires;

• Putting up curtain rails, curtains or blinds;

• Installing internal and external grab rails;

• Erecting shelves or affixing coat hooks;

• Fixing down or trimming loose or hazardous carpets;

• Moving furniture within the home;

• Replacing toilet seats or sealant around sinks/baths;

• Unblocking sinks and repairing minor leaks;

• Replacing tap washers, cistern washers and ball valves or draining/bleeding radiators;

• Initial help following hospital discharge (for example, resetting heating controls);

• Minor repairs to gates, fences and paths to prevent tripping hazards or to help secure the property.


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Omicron Business Grants


January 2022


News release

20 January 2022


The application process is now open for grants to businesses in South Lakeland affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Hospitality (defined as accommodation, food & beverage services) and leisure premises will benefit from Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants of up to £6,000, administered by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and aimed at easing the dual impact of staff absences and lower consumer demand.

Recipients of the new one-off Hospitality and Leisure grant must be solvent businesses, and ratepayers in the hospitality and leisure sector. For example, a pub; hotel; restaurant; bar; cinema; tourist attraction or village hall.

Grants are per eligible premises and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands: RV of £0-15,000 (will receive £2,667); RV of £15,000-£51,000 (will receive £4,000); and RV of over £51,000 (will receive £6,000).

Applications close at midday on February 28.

Details about eligibility and a link to the application forms can be found at:

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, SLDC portfolio holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “Knowledge and good working practices developed through the many business support schemes we have administered since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 meant officers have been able to quickly stand up another effective and efficient application process.

"Supporting businesses in South Lakeland through these tough times is vital and SLDC is committed to doing everything we can to make sure they get through this.

"If you think you might be eligible, please check the criteria and get your application in before the deadline."

More details on this scheme and other support available – including business rate relief, free business support and advice available to businesses in South Lakeland – can also be found at:

SLDC is also finalising details for a new discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support other businesses, based on local economic need.

SLDC Services


December 2021


South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is reminding residents that they can still access council services and receive emergency help with homelessness over the festive season.

The council’s Reception at Kendal Town Hall will be closed between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but residents can get in touch via email at

Telephone lines will be open from 9.30am to 4pm each day – 01539 733333 - with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays. Anyone who needs urgent help outside office hours can find emergency contact numbers on the SLDC website.

The council’s Housing Options Team is urging anyone threatened with homelessness this Christmas to get in touch as soon as possible so that staff can offer advice and support before the situation worsens.

Meanwhile, customers are being reminded to check their bin collection calendars for changes to their usual schedule over the festive season. This week’s waste/recycling rounds are taking place a day earlier than usual, and collections that would usually have been done on Monday 27 December will take place on Friday 24 December instead. Customers are also reminded that green bin collections will resume in mid-February 2022.

The quickest and easiest way to check your grey bin/recycling schedule and to find information about a variety of council services is to sign up for an online My Account at

SLDC Leader Councillor Jonathan Brook said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the council colleagues who will be working right through Christmas and New Year and giving up time with their families to serve our communities by keeping essential services running. This includes everything from emptying bins and recycling, to keeping our streets clean and tidy, supporting NHS Test and Trace during the continuing Covid emergency, and helping those residents who face a miserable festive season due to homelessness.

“Sadly we all know what a difficult time Christmas and New Year can be for many. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and have nowhere else to turn, please contact our Housing Options Team. There is nothing they haven’t seen or heard before and they are ready to help.

“Once a telephone assessment has been completed they can offer solutions to help you stay in your home or, if you face being homeless on the street, they can help you access temporary accommodation, such as an emergency bed at the council’s Town View Fields Hostel in Kendal.

“Concerned members of the public can also keep an extra eye open and contact the team if you see anyone who maybe homeless on the street over the Christmas period.”

Staff at SLDC’s Town View Fields Hostel are experienced in supporting some of the most vulnerable, at-risk members of our community back towards independence and a home of their own.

One former hostel resident said: “I cannot thank you enough for taking me in when I was very distressed. It has been a journey to make sure I have a smooth journey out of the exit door. I have seen all walks of life coming in and out of the hostel… but you have always kept me safe… thank you.”

Another former resident said: “Thank you for taking me in and keeping me safe. Thank you for everything you have done for me… I really appreciate all the help… You’ve all been amazing. Thank you so much.”

SLDC Leader Cllr Brook continued: “We would urge anyone at risk of becoming homeless to contact us as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse, and our caring, compassionate colleagues are here to support you. They will do everything they can to see you safely into the New Year by helping you access the support you need.

“To all key workers, residents and visitors across South Lakeland, I wish you a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.”

Covid - 19 Update


December 2021

“Situation likely to change for the worse” warns Cumbria Director of Public Health

The number of cases of the Omicron variant in Cumbria is rising rapidly despite a decrease in cases overall this week.

In the week ending Friday 10 December there were 1,488 new cases of COVID-19 overall in Cumbria - a decrease of 33 or 2% (down from 1,521 new cases in the previous week).

However, since the first case of Omicron was detected in the county on 30 November, 100 cases per day are now being discovered just a fortnight later (14 Dec) with 270 cases in total so far – with many more likely remaining undetected.

At the current rate of increase, the county is likely to see similar case numbers to the previous peaks of Alpha and Delta by 23 December.

In the week ending Tuesday 14 December, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in Cumbria Integrated Care increased by 10 compared to the previous week.

Sadly, in the week to Friday 3December, there were also five COVID-19 related deathsin the county.

Cumbria Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said: “With Omicron spreading quickly across the UK, we’re likely to see the situation change for the worse over the next few weeks.

“What we do know is that hospitals are already under pressure and the number of people being admitted with COVID-19 is increasing.

“That’s why it’s increasingly important we remember the behaviours that have served us well in previous waves of the pandemic – hands, face, space, fresh air.

“Remember to wear your face coverings properly if you’re in and indoor public place or on public transport. Get tested regularly and isolate if required. Work from home if you can. Wash your hands regularly. Keep your distance from others wherever possible and if you’re meeting indoors, let some fresh air in.

“Lastly, please make sure you get your COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as you’re eligible and able to. The booster is crucial in our fight against Omicron.”

Your GP Practice will be putting on extra clinics and you may be contacted by them to book your booster – please look out for calls and texts.

Please do not call your practice about the vaccine clinics unless invited to. Your GP practice may have more guidance on their website or on their social media.

Appointments for the COVID-19 booster vaccine can be made by visiting the NHS website.

For the latest guidance on how to protect yourselves and your family against COVID-19, visit the government website.

The latest COVID-19 situation report for week ending 3 December can be found

New Rules on Mandatory Covid-19 Checks


December 2021


News release

15 December 2021


Following on from last night’s vote in Parliament, from today (Wednesday, 15 December), the Covid-19 rules on entering certain venues and events are changing.

Organisations are now required to take reasonable steps to make sure that all visitors aged 18 or above show either an NHS COVID Pass, an approved proof of vaccination, evidence of a recent negative test or an exemption, to enter the venue or event.

Attendees must show they have either:

  • Proof of vaccination with two doses of an approved vaccine (or one of the single-dose Janssen vaccine)
  • Proof of a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test within the last 48 hours
  • Exemption on the basis of a medical exemption or clinical trial participation

Please note that evidence of natural immunity will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or testing.

Accepted proof can be any of the following:

Which venues and events must carry out COVID-19 status checks?

The venues and events where the NHS COVID Pass, or alternative proofs of COVID-19 status, must be used as a condition of entry are:

  • Nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques
  • Other late night dance venues, where all of the following apply:
    • the venue is open any time between 1am and 5am
    • it serves alcohol after 1am
    • it has a dancefloor (or space for dancing)
    • it provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing
  • Indoor events with 500 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
  • Outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
  • Events with 10,000 or more attendees, whether indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events
  • For other venues (such as indoor or outdoor sport stadia, conference centres, exhibition halls, live music venues, theatres and concert halls), COVID-19 status checks are only required where they are hosting an event which meets the relevant attendee threshold. For more information on exemptions and thresholdsplease visit the GOV UK website to see the full list of exempt activities.

Further support

If you manage a venue or are planning an event then support is available to help you carry out these checks at your venue or event.

If you are changing the way that your premises currently operates, such as closing at an earlier time, or restricting the use of your dance floor, please inform SLDC on the email address below.

South Lakeland District Council’s Health and Environment team can give advice to individual businesses to guide them through the support available and which options are open to them. Please email if you have any questions. You can also visit the GOV.UK website for all theguidance on carrying out COVID-19 status checks.

Officers from SLDC and the Police will be carrying out visits in the coming days.



December 2021

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Duddon Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a member of the public to become a Parish Councillor.

If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you!

We have several projects we are working on at the moment including Greening and Community Resilience.

Please contact the clerk for further information:

Christine -  Tel no. 01229 889319

email -

Storm Arwen Update


December 2021


The multi-agency response to the effects of Storm Arwen continues today – but the vast majority of customers hit by power cuts following the storm are now back on their main network supply or powered through a generator.

The number of homes in Cumbria without electricity following the storm was down to about 350 this morning after teams from Electricity North West continued their hard work into the night to reduce the numbers still affected significantly, restoring power to about 1,000 properties.

A number of other homes were affected by separate power outages overnight, mainly in the Askam-in-Furness and Grisdale areas, but the majority have already had power restored.

Teams and volunteers are continuing their work to check on the safety and welfare of those without safety, providing advice and support.

The multi-agency Strategic Coordination Group set up to deal with this major incident continues to meet regularly every day to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those affected.

People are being urged to continue to check on neighbours and people in their community who may be without power.

In general advice, residents are also asked to be aware of the impact forthcoming weather might have on trees already loosened from the ground by last week’s storm and to be mindful of flood warnings in place today along stretches of the Cumbrian coastline.

People should contact or call 101 if they have concerns about their own safety and well-being, or the safety and well-being of someone they know.

If there is an immediate risk to life people should call 999.

Call Electricity North West on 105, but please only call if your query is urgent to help prioritise customers in the most vulnerable circumstances.

To report a problem on the county’s roads, please report online via the County Council website -

If anyone sees any electricity lines down, please stay well away and call Electricity North West immediately on 105.

People who experience a power cut after their electricity has been restored are asked to wait 30 minutes to allow the changeover to happen and to check trip switches.

If they remain without power after this they should call 105 to report this.

For details on welfare facilities and food vans, see here: Food and welfare provision locations (

Important information

  • Contact or call 101 if you have concerns about your own safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of someone you know. If there is an immediate risk to life call 999.
  • If you wish to report a problem on the county’s roads, please report online via the County Council website -
  • Electricity North West on 105, but please only call if your query is urgent to help prioritise customers in the most vulnerable circumstances. For more information, please visit
  • For water supply issues contact United Utilities on 0345 672 3723
  • If you are open to Cumbria County Council’s Adult Social Care, have care and support needs and these needs cannot be met due to the power outage, please contact Adult Social Care on 0300 303 3589
  • Keep up-to-date with the weather at

For latest traffic and roads information visit

Shop Bridge


November 2021

Shop Bridge Strengthening Works: Completion

Further to the letter dated the 1st November.

Unfortunately, due to supply issues, there has been a delay in the delivery of the cintec anchors which are integral to the completion of the strengthening works. As a result, this has caused a delay of one week in the programme and therefore the overall re-opening of the road and bridge. We anticipate that the road will now be opened on Friday 19th November.

We apologise for the ongoing inconvenience that the closure has caused, and we appreciate your understanding so that the work can take place to enable the bridge to reopen to its’ full capacity.

Duddon Mosses


November 2021



is hosting an information day about their plans to regenerate the peatlands on Duddon Mosses.

If you are interested in the Mosses or Natural England’s plans or would like to know more of what peat regeneration actually involves then…

Come along to

Victory Hall, Rankin Room

Tuesday 16 November

10.30 to 4pm

Water Problem


October 2021

We’re just letting you know that we’ve now fixed the problem that was affecting water supplies in your area.

If your water is not flowing again yet, it soon will be. It can take a while to fill up the drained water mains in the surrounding area, and return water pressure to normal.

We do our best to turn the water on gradually so as not to create further problems, such as bursts, leaks or discoloured water.

Occasionally after an interruption, water can be a different colour for a couple of reasons:

1. It may look milky or cloudy. This is just tiny air bubbles in the water, there is nothing to worry about, you don’t need to do anything to clear this, it’s safe to use, and will clear naturally in time.
2. It could look discoloured. Sometimes naturally occurring deposits in the pipe, can be disturbed as the water is turned back on. This can make it look light yellow to dark brown.

You can clear the problem, by running the cold water tap that’s closest to your internal stop tap, just above a trickle. This may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, why not collect this water and use it to water your plants? If you’re on a meter, don’t worry, that’s less than 5 pence.

While your water is discoloured, we advise that you do not run the hot water tap, use dishwashers, washing machines, or any other appliances which uses your hot water supply.
You can get more information on discoloured water and how to clear it at

We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing, and hope this information has been useful.United 



October 2021

Dear Community Resilience Groups / Flood Action Groups,

Please see current predictions regarding the rainfall for today Wednesday and then Thursday/Friday this week. This information is following a teleconference held today at 4.30pm. These predictions are based on the best information available at the moment – however please be aware that forecasts can and do change. For this reason this information should be treated as a guide only.

Key information:

Met Office:

The weather forecast remains unchanged. An Amber status warning still applies through to midnight Thu 28 Oct 2021. Rainfall totals for Friday will be smaller. Met Office Weather Warnings can be seen on website

Environment Agency:

The latest assessment for Victoria Bridge in Kendal is that the river is likely to be begin peaking tonight at around 10pm - and staying high through the night possibly reaching 2.98m at 8am tomorrow morning. This level is not considered a threat to flood defences in Kendal. For Ulverston the ‘Reasonable Worst Case’ assessment is that Dragley Beck may pass Flood Warning level on Wednesday around 8pm and again on Thursday. Rivers in other areas are also responding to the high rainfall levels. The Brathay in Grasmere is currently at Flood Warning. This event is also associated with significant surface water runoff.

The next teleconference is planned for 11am tomorrow morning with an update around 12.30-1.00pm

You can track pockets of heavy rain using the Met Office’s Rainfall Radar Map. By monitoring this map you can see the path that the rainfall is taking across the country – and so make a reasonable prediction of where it might fall next.

Further Information

A590 Road Works


September 2021

Dear Sir/Madam, 

A590 – work to renew road markings This letter is to inform you of the work to renew the road markings and road studs along various sections of the A590. The purpose of our work is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. Work is due to start from 5 October for around five weeks. This will take place between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Our work will be carried out in phases. The table below shows the detail for each phase: Location Dates Traffic management Meathop to Cartmel Lane junction 5, 6, and 7 October Full westbound carriageway closure Newby Bridge to Backbarrow - Duals 8 and 15 Oct One side closed each night. Both directions of traffic through the open carriageway Mill Side to Levens 11 Oct Full closure of single carriageway section and of eastbound dual to Church Road Levens to Meathop 13, 14, 18 and 19 October Full closure in both directions between A5074 and Meathop roundabout. Brettargh Holt roundabout to Levens Lane 21 October Full westbound carriageway closure. Ulverston Booths’ roundabout to 22, 25, 26 and 27 October Various 300m sections with traffic lights and convoy system. Moving each night. Registered office Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4LZ Highways England Company Limited registered in England and Wales number 09346363 Haverthwaite Junction Haverthwaite - Duals in front of train station 28 & 29 October One side closed each night. Both directions of traffic assisted through the open carriageway. All full closures will have signed diversion routes in place, and for more information, please see attached diversion route map. Our work is subject to weather conditions and therefore closures dates may be cancelled or changed at short noticed. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. However, these works will inevitably generate some noise and disruption and we’d like to apologise in advance for any disturbance. How to find out more To find out what other work is planned on the A590, visit You can also follow us on twitter @HighwaysNWEST where planned closure information is provided daily at 3pm. If you have any queries about the work, please contact us on 0300 123 5000. Or you can email us on 

Yours faithfully, 

Dion Auriac, 

Project Manager Operations Directorate North-West

Shop Bridge


August 2021

Shop Bridge Strengthening Works: Start date

The strengthening works at Shop Bridge are due to commence on Monday 23rd August and complete on 22nd October 2021. Due to the nature of the works, the bridge will be closed during this time. Enclosed is a copy of the Contractors Traffic Management Plan.

Following the requests for a temporary footbridge, the Contractor has been to site with a specialist supplier to explore feasibility. Unfortunately, due to the required span of the temporary footbridge, the Contractor has not been able source a suitable temporary footbridge. This is because the supplier could only provide a lightweight footbridge which can span 8 metres. However, the river is wider than this. Going above the lightweight temporary bridge, would involve designing temporary abutments and flood risk assessments. This combined with an already narrowed channel for working in, the Contractor is not comfortable with the potential flood risk. A larger bridge that can span 13 metres has been investigated. The larger bridge would require delivery on an articulated wagon and lifting into position using a crane, this would have involved creating turning areas for wagons, and crane pads which are just not viable cost wise.

We apologise for the inconvenience that the closure will cause and appreciate your understanding so that the work can take place to enable the bridge to reopen to its’ full capacity.

Green Waste Collection


August 2021


News release

18 August 2021


South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) says it will continue to prioritise key general waste and kerbside recycling collections, but has warned green waste collections could be disrupted in the coming weeks.

Sion Thomas, Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services at SLDC, said the authority was working to minimise the disruption, and explained: “Like many organisations nationally we have been impacted by the well-documented national shortage of qualified HGV drivers for our wagons, with difficulties recruiting to current vacancies.

“This has been compounded by the ongoing impact of waste and recycling staff being affected by Covid and increased waste tonnages, which means it is taking longer to complete the collection rounds, with recycling and green waste volumes up by more than 11 per cent from the norm, equating to around another 5,000 households of waste.

“We are not alone in these issues and councils the length of the country are facing similar challenges, with many, including some of our neighbouring authorities in Cumbria, already suspending collections.

“Official Government guidance if councils are struggling is to first look to suspend the non-statutory green waste collections to protect the main general waste and recycling collections.

“We make collections from more than 50,000 properties every week and, at present, we are still managing to maintain services and we are not suspending green collections at this stage. However, we are informing residents that there may well be some disruption to some green collections over the coming weeks. We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption.

“On a day-to-day basis we will be looking for solutions to issues as they arise, but it may mean adjustments to rounds, we may turn up a bit earlier or later than usual, and it may mean in some areas that green waste collections are missed as we need to use that wagon and crew for general waste or recycling collection duties in other areas.

“Our guidance to householders is that we will try to collect your grey bin or recycling on the scheduled day. If we are unable to do this please leave your waste or recycling available for collection. We will return as soon as possible, which may be the following Saturday morning. If we are unable to collect your green bin on the scheduled day please take the bin back to the storage point until the next scheduled collection day.

“Once again we are asking for patience and understanding from residents during this period and we want to reassure our communities that we are working hard to maintain collections as much as we can, while recognising that some of the current impacts are because of circumstances beyond our control.’’

If your collection has been missed, please visit the SLDC website at for more details about what to do next.


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Blue Green Algae


August 2021


News release

4 August 2021


The Environment Agency, which regularly inspects lakes and rivers and carries out water sampling, has informed South Lakeland District Council that there is evidence of blue-green algae in a section of water in Windermere lake.

Environment Agency testing has taken samples and found that the waters close to Fell Foot have been found to have a blue-green algal bloom or the potential for one to form.

Anyone using lakes, rivers and reservoirs should treat all blue-green algae blooms with caution and contact with the algae and associated algal scum should be avoided as skin rashes may occur if affected water is in direct contact with the skin and illness may occur if the water is swallowed.

Signs have been put up at the affected bathing areas of the lake informing people about the presence of blue-green algae.

An SLDC spokesperson said: “Blue-green algae can potentially make people feel quite ill if swallowed or even by just swimming in it.

“We want the public to be aware of the effects and are asking people to be extra careful and vigilant when using the lakes and rivers for recreational purposes during the summer months.

“Farmers and pet owners should also prevent livestock and animals coming into contact or drinking the affected water, as it can sometimes prove fatal for animals.

“People should observe any notices near affected areas and avoid contact or drinking water from areas identified.”

Many standing waters are vulnerable to problems with blue-green algae, typically between June and November.

All blue-green algae blooms should be assumed to be toxic and the blooms vary in colour from discoloured green, blue-green, greenish brown, or reddish brown. The blooms do subside and this is a temporary situation.

Further information about blue-green algae can be found on the Environment Agency’s website at


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Charter Day


July 2021

SLDC Fly Tipping in Broughton


June 2021

News release (with pictures)

1 June 2021


South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is appealing for information after household items including two old fridges were fly-tipped at Broughton-in-Furness.

Carpets, drawers, a microwave and two fridges were dumped at the town’s recycling bank site on Foxfield Road last week.

Council officers are investigating several similar incidents at the location, and they are appealing to anyone who may recognise the items to come forward. They are hoping the magnets on the fridge doors may help to jog people’s memories, including one that appears to be from a holiday in Bulgaria.

SLDC Locality Officer Phil Metcalfesaid: “Both fridges have distinctive fridge magnets on and seem to have been left outside for some time before being dumped. Are these items familiar? Did anyone see these items being unloaded from a vehicle at this site? Please help us to find out who is responsible. If you have any information, you can email

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence. The maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts is a £50,000 fine and up to five years in prison for the most serious offences. Householders may not realise that they also have a legal duty of care to ensure that waste is only removed from their property by registered waste carriers. If waste from your home is found to have been fly-tipped, you could be prosecuted and run the risk of a £5,000 fine and a criminal record.

Cllr Philip Dixon, SLDC portfolio holder for Customer and Locality Services, said: “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime. As well as the cost to the environment, the financial cost of clearance, disposal and investigation is ultimately borne by the Council Tax payers of the district. We investigate every case of fly-tipping reported and, if appropriate, action will be taken. This can range from fixed penalty notices and warning letters being issued to prosecutions, potentially significant fines and even custodial sentences.”


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.


1, 2 & 3. The two old fridges fly-tipped at Broughton-in-Furness have distinctive magnets on them.

4. Microwave dumped at Broughton.

5. Old drawers fly-tipped at Broughton.



May 2021


To help keep our beautiful district clean and green, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is launching the Clean Up South Lakeland campaign.

The campaign is designed to encourage everyone to take pride in their neighbourhood and SLDC is kicking things off by supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, from Friday 28 May to Sunday 13 June.

This nationwide event is an ideal opportunity to roll up your sleeves and help clean up your corner of South Lakeland. It could be the street where you live, a nearby park or playground, or your favourite patch of countryside or coast.

During the pandemic, while everyone has been spending so much more time at home, the places on our doorstep have become more important to us than ever. You might want to pick a location that has really helped you through lockdown, somewhere that has been beneficial for your mental and physical health in this past year.

SLDC can support you by loaning equipment such as litter pickers, hi-vis jackets and gloves, subject to availability, as well as supplying rubbish sacks and arranging for its Street Scene crews to collect the filled bags of rubbish afterwards.

This will be the fifth year the council has supported the Great British Spring Clean, run by Keep Britain Tidy. The aim for 2021 is the #MillionMileMission to clean up 1 million miles with help from #LitterHeroes such as volunteers, councils, charities and businesses.

Now that outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people are permitted, you can pledge to take part as a group or as an individual. To make a pledge and check the current health and safety guidance, visit

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity, said: “It is great to welcome back the GB Spring Clean for another year. Litter-picking is a very worthwhile activity with many benefits, such as making where we live safer and more attractive; getting out and exercising in the fresh air; and feeling more connected to your community.

“As a council we are more than happy to help volunteers, and I would urge anybody to think seriously about taking part, whether with friends, neighbours, family, colleagues or on your own. It doesn’t need to take a long time. Just an hour or two can make a big difference.”

Cllr Jones continued: “One of the key themes in our Council Plan is addressing the climate emergency, and our ambition is “a more beautiful, quieter and cleaner district leading the way to net zero”.

“Once the GB Spring Clean is over, we will be keeping the momentum going with our Clean Up South Lakeland campaign. The council will be rolling out some great initiatives over the summer as our teams work to keep South Lakeland litter-free, as well as inspiring residents and businesses to do their bit.”

Cllr Philip Dixon, portfolio holder for Customer and Locality Services, said: “It is important that we all take pride in where we live. We live in such a beautiful area, including parts of two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and we want to do everything we can to protect these wonderful surroundings for generations to come.”

If you would like to arrange to borrow litter-picking kit or collection of filled rubbish bags, please email:

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean and make your pledge, visit:

SLDC Grants


April 2021


News release

26 April 2021


The application process for the government’s one-off Restart Grants for South Lakeland businesses is now open.

The grants for businesses affected by the coronavirus restrictions are being administered by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) in two strands – non-essential retail businesses (Strand One); and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym or sport business premises (Strand Two).

In Strand One, businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or below will receive £2,667, a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £4,000 and a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £6,000.

In Strand Two, businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or below will receive £8,000, a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £12,000 and a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £18,000.

All information relating to restart grants, along with the application form can be found here:

It should take no longer than 15 minutes to fill out the application form if you have everything with you to do so. Applicants should consult the Restart Grant checklist on the website first.

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses in the business ratings list only.

More details on other support available – including business rate relief, free business support and advice available to businesses in South Lakeland – can also be found on the SLDC website.


All Local Restrictions Support Grants are now closed to new applications as of midnight on 31 March 2021.

Businesses awaiting an outcome of their LRSG application submitted before the 31 March deadline are asked to please allow us some time to work through these as we have had an increase in applications in the run-up to the deadline.

We are able to make payments to businesses eligible for the second LRSG(C) Addendum 16 Feb to 31 Mar payment up until 31 May 2021. Businesses should contact us at with their business rates account number and property address if they think they may be eligible for this payment and have yet to receive it.

To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant eligibility, please email:

To report a missing payment, a grant overpayment or a suspected fraudulent business grant claim, please email:


Greening Campaign


March 2021

Duddon Parish Council are committed to the Greening Campaign.

The Campaign is about local people taking local action about climate change. We believe that if individuals take small actions, all those add up to make a big difference. If lots of communities take action, then the difference we make may start to reduce the effects of climate change.

To find out more about the campaign, please visit

If you would like to get involved please contact any of the Parish Councillors here

Right of Way on Occupation Lane


March 2021

PLEASE READ THIS: you can make a difference!

Duddon Parish Council are beginning the process to register the path that we call Occupation Lane (the Occy) as a Public Right of Way (Bridleway). This is something that we have been contacted about both recently and in the past and is of huge importance to the people who live here. It would clarify the rights of individuals who use that path and those who own the land.

The process of registering the lane as a public right of way needs us to gather evidence proving that the lane has been used by people on a regular basis. Many of us will have used the lane to walk dogs and to access Foxfield Station etc. This will be the most useful form of evidence and we should be grateful for a written statement or preferably, fill in a form which is available here

It is important that those of us who complete statements understand that once submitted they will become public documents.

It is also important to understand that the only change to the present situation of Occy Lane, is that it will be officially a Public Right of Way.

THANK YOU. We look forward to hearing from you.

20mph in Broughton-in-Furness


November 2020

The statutory consultation for the proposed 20mph in Broughton-in-Furness will begin on Thursday 3rd December and will be advertised in the Westmorland Gazette. The 21 day formal consultation would be due to conclude on Thursday 24th December 2020. Due to this we are proposing that the consultation is extended till Monday 4th January 2021 to allow extra time through the Christmas period.

The details will also be letter dropped to all properties in Broughton-in-Furness