Local Elections and the Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2021

The next scheduled elections in the South Lakeland area will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. These elections are for:

  • the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Cumbria police area
  • councillors for Cumbria County Council (there are eighty four electoral divisions, eighteen of which are in the South Lakeland area)
  • councillors for seventeen of South Lakeland District Council's eighteen wards (there is no election for the district ward of Ambleside & Grasmere this year)
  • councillors for parish and town councils in some areas

By-elections for casual vacancies that have been postponed because of COVID-19 are also likely to be held on 6 May 2021.

Notices (e.g. as to whether an election is contested or not, or the names of the people standing as a candidate) will be published closer to the election date.

All of the South Lakeland area lies within the Cumbria police area. You can find out which parish, district ward or county electoral division you live in by following the link under each type of election listed on this page. Or you can find the information in one place:

My South Lakeland 'council and democracy' information

  1. When the link opens select the My House tab
  2. In the 'Search for a location' field enter the postcode or address details of your property and click on the find button
  3. Select and click on your address 
  4. In the column headed 'Council and Democracy' you will find the infornation about your Parish, Ward and County Electoral Division

Postponed elections

Police and Crime Commissioner, South Lakeland District Council, and some parish council elections were due to take place on 7 May 2020. They have been postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are now scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Councillors who would have been up for election have had their term of office extended for one year.

Deadlines to register to vote and apply for an absent vote

The deadline to apply to register to vote in time for the election is 11.59pm on Monday 19 April 2021.

The deadline to change, cancel or apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

How postal and proxy votes work and how to apply for one

South Lakeland District Council elections

Find your district ward

  1. When the map opens you will see the district boundaries marked, in purple and labelled with the district ward name.
  2. In the 'Current Address' field, at the top of the map, enter the address details of your property.
  3. The map will zoom in on the property and mark it with a 'target' icon.
  4. Zoom out on the map using your mouse (or the scrolling tool in the top left hand corner of the map) to see where the property is in relation to the parish boundary.

There will be elections for one seat in each of the following district wards:

  • Arnside & Milnthorpe
  • Bowness & Levens
  • Broughton & Coniston
  • Burton & Crooklands
  • Furness Peninsula
  • Grange
  • Kendal East
  • Kendal North
  • Kendal Rural
  • Kendal South & Natland
  • Kendal Town
  • Kendal West
  • Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Ulverston East
  • Ulverston West 
  • Windermere

Ambleside & Grasmere

District councillors serve a four year term. Most district wards are represented by three councillors and have three elections within their four year cycle. The fourth year is a fallow year (a year where there is no election) for the district council. However there are three district wards (Ambleside & Grasmere, Cartmel and Kendal North) that are represented by two councillors. These wards have an extra fallow year, with two elections instead of three during their four year cycle. 

2021 is a fallow year for Ambleside & Grasmere, so there is no scheduled district council election in this area. 

There are scheduled district elections for Cartmel and Kendal North this year.

The PCC election

The PCC election is for the Cumbria police area, which includes all of the district of South Lakeland.

Cumbria County Council elections 

Find your county electoral division 

  1. When the map opens you will see the division boundaries marked, in blue and labelled with the division
  2. In the 'Current Address' field, at the top of the map, enter the address details of your property
  3. The map will zoom in on the property and mark it with a 'target' icon
  4. Zoom out on the map using your mouse (or the scrolling tool in the top left hand corner of the map) to see where the property is in relation to the division boundary

All seats on the Cumbria County Council are up for election this year. The following electoral divisions are in the South Lakeland area. 

  • Cartmel 
  • Grange 
  • High Furness 
  • Kendal Castle 
  • Kendal Highgate 
  • Kendal Nether 
  • Kendal South 
  • Kendal Strickland and Fell 
  • Kent Estuary 
  • Lakes 
  • Low Furness 
  • Lower Kentdale 
  • Lyth Valley 
  • Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale 
  • Ulverston East 
  • Ulverston West 
  • Windermere 

Parish and town council elections

Find your parish 

  1. When the map opens you will see the parish boundaries marked, in red and labelled with the parish name
  2. In the 'Current Address' field, at the top of the map, enter the address details of your property
  3. The map will zoom in on the property and mark it with a 'target' icon
  4. Zoom out on the map using your mouse (or the scrolling tool in the top left hand corner of the map) to see where the property is in relation to the parish boundary

There are scheduled elections for all seats on the the following councils:

  • Blawith & Subberthwaite Parish Council
  • Broughton East Parish Council
  • Burton-in-Kendal Parish Council
  • Cartmel Fell
  • Claife Parish Fell
  • Colton Parish Council
  • Coniston Parish Council
  • Crook Parish Council
  • Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council
  • Haverthwaite Parish Council
  • Hawkshead Parish Council
  • Helsington Parish Council
  • Heversham Parish Council
  • Holme Parsh Council
  • Levens Parish Council
  • Lindale & Newton-in-Cartmel Parish Council
  • Lowick Parish Council
  • Milnthorpe Parish Council
  • Preston Richard Parish Council
  • Satterthwaite Parish Council
  • Sedgwick Parish Council
  • Skelwith Parish Council
  • Stainton Parish Council
  • Staveley-in-Cartmel Parish Council
  • Staveley-with-Ings Parish Council
  • Torver Parish Council
  • Ulverston Town Council
  • Witherslack, Meathop & Ulpha Parish Council

Standing as a candidate

If you're interested in standing as a candidate in the district, county or PCC elections, please contact us.

If you're interested in standing as a candidate in a parish election, please contact us or the relevant parish clerk.

How to become a district or parish councillor

Electoral Commission guidance on standing as a candidate in a district or county council election

Electoral Commission guidance on standing as a candidate in a PCC election

Electoral Commission guidance on standing as a candidate in a parish or town council election