Submissions and recommendations for other parishes
Our draft recommendations are not final. Stage three of the Community Governance Review (CGR) is a further consultation period and any comments or submissions made during this stage will be taken into account when we consider our final recommendations.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) must also approve any changes that would affect Windermere Town Council or any of the district wards. The LGBCE considered the electoral arrangements and boundaries for all of the district wards and Windermere Town Council in the South Lakeland Further Electoral Review 2015 to 2017. Although we haven't made any proposals to change the warding or boundaries of Windermere Town Council, the LGBCE looked at their electoral arrangements during their review. It's the LGBCE who will decide whether or not to approve our final recommendations (and if they're accepted, when they might come into effect) in these areas, not us.
Arnside Parish Council
Submission from Arnside Parish Council
Arnside have proposed to reducing their number of councillors from eleven to six, as there are permanently vacant seats on the Council and they feel their current level of councillors is unattainable.
We've taken the comments from Arnside Parish Council into account and have noted a pattern of a high number of vacancies on the Council. We're recommending a reduction in the number of councillors to eight. We've recommended this number, rather than six, to ensure effective and convenient community governance.
Dent Parish Council
Submission from Dent Parish Council
Dent Parish Council have proposed to abolish the wards of Dent (six councillors) and Cowgill (three councillors), making the parish unwarded. The Parish Council would keep all nine councillors, who would have responsibility for the whole parish.
We've recommended Dent Parish Council's proposal. This is to ensure that community governance is effective and convenient, and reflects community identities and interests in the area.
Fawcett Forrest Parish, and Whitwell & Selside Parish
We didn't receive submissions from, or regarding, Fawcett Forrest Parish Meeting or Whitwell & Selside Parish Meeting during stage one of the review.
Fawcett Forest parish has a very small electorate and has a recent history of not meeting, which has lead to auditors appointing our Monitoring Officer to sign off the parish accounts.
We're proposing to create a new parish that would amalgamate the parish of Fawcett Forest with the parish of Whitwell and Selside. The proposed parish has a forecasted electorate of 183. We recommend that the new parish be called Selside Parish, and for it to have a parish meeting rather than a parish council.
We've recommended this change to ensure that community governance is effective and convenient, and reflects the identities and interests of the local communitites.
Grange-over-Sands Town Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, the parish of Grange-over-Sands during stage one of the review.
We're seeking views on altering the warding pattern in the parish of Grange-over-Sands.
The small ward of Grange West was created because the properties there were in a different district council ward to the rest of Grange. However, this is no longer the case because of the Further Electoral Review (explained at the top of the page). Since the May 2018 elections, the entire Grange over Sands parish sits within the district ward of Grange.
Our draft recommendation is to abolish the Grange West ward, and to increase the size of the Grange South ward. Properties in Grange West would be brought into Grange South.
Grange North would keep four councillors, and we propose that Grange South should have have five councillors.
The average elector to councillor ratio for Grange is currently 401 to 1. The forecasted elector to councillor ratio for the new wards is:
- Grange North: 419 to 1
- Grange South: 387 to 1
We've made these recommendations to ensure that community governance in the area is both effective and convenient, and reflects the identities and interests of the communities in the area.
Kirkby Ireleth Parish Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, the parish of Kirkby Ireleth during stage one of the review.
We recommend a small change to the naming of the wards in Kirkby Ireleth Parish Council. As there are only three wards, we are proposing to drop the word 'quarter' from those particular wards.
We're proposing to name the wards as below:
- Kirkby Ireleth: Lower
- Kirkby Ireleth: Central
- Kirkby Ireleth: Heathlands
However, we're keen to hear suggestions for other, more appropriate, names that better reflect the identities and interests of the community in that area.
Lower Allithwaite Parish Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, the parish of Lower Allithwaite during stage one of the review.
We've made two draft recommendations for Lower Allithwaite Parish Council, to provide effective and convenient local governance.
Draft recommendation 1: number of councillors
We're seeking views on reducing the number of councillors for Lower Allithwaite Parish Council to ten, with the following split of councillors:
- six councillors for Allithwaite ward
- three councillors for Cartmel ward
- one councillor for Upper Holker ward
The forecasted electorate for this parish is 1,569. The Parish Council currently has fifteen councillors and has, in recent years, carried many vacancies. Government research states that a parish council of this size should have between six and twelve parish councillors. We've therefore recommended the number of ten to ensure a greater electoral equality between each ward, and to provide effective and convenient local governance.
Draft recommendation 2: electoral cycle
If a parish/town council election is held at the same time as a district council election, the elections can be combined and the councils can share the cost. Most parish councils in South Lakeland have this arrangement, but since the district wards were changed in 2018 (as a result of the Further Electoral Review) there are a few parishes (or parish wards) that have their scheduled elections on a different year to the district they're now in. Lower Allithwaite is one of these parish councils. Below is a table showing how the parish is split over two district wards.
|Lower Allithwaite Parish Ward||South Lakeland District Ward|
Lower Allithwaite Parish Council and the district ward of Grange both have scheduled elections in 2019. However, Cartmel is a two-member district ward and isn't scheduled to have an election until 2020. This means that the parish council are unable to share all of their election costs with the district council.
Our recommendation is to change the electoral cycle, so that parish elections for Lower Allithwaite are always scheduled for a year when the district wards of Cartmel and Grange are both up for election. This will next happen in 2020 and would set up a cycle for elections to be held every four years afterwards.
Our proposal means that there will be elections in 2019 and 2020, but it will also ensure the advantages of the first draft recommendation (having fewer councillors) are brought about sooner.
Skelwith Parish Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, the parish of Skelwith during stage one of the review.
Skelwith Parish Council next has scheduled elections in 2020, but the district ward for this area is Ambleside & Grasmere which only has scheduled elections in 2019 and 2022. We're proposing to change the election cycle of Skelwith Parish Council to coincide with the elections for the district ward of Ambleside & Grasmere.
This recommendation means there will be an election scheduled for Skelwith Parish Council in 2020, though the councillors will serve a shortened term of three years, with new elections in 2023. From then on the parish council and district council elections will be aligned.
Ulverston Town Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, Ulverston Town Council in stage one of the review.
Although we are not recommending changes to the electoral arrangements for Ulverston Town Council, we're aware of some suggestions to alter the ward names to give them a clearer description and better reflect community identities.
We would welcome any suggestions in phase three.
Windermere Town Council
We didn't receive formal submissions from, or regarding, Windermere Town Council in stage one of the review.
Windermere Town Council currently has twenty councillors and we're seeking views on reducing the number to thirteen.
We've made this recommendation because the Town Council has a history of uncontested elections and in recent years has carried many vacancies. The local electorate is predicted to rise from 6,015 (3 September 2018) to 6,346 in 2023. The government guidance we have used for our terms of reference recommends between nine and sixteen councillors for an electorate of this size.
The split of councillors we're proposing is outlined below:
- Applethwaite ward: three councillors
- Bowness North ward: four councillors
- Bowness South ward: three councillors
- Windermere Town ward: three councillors
Our recommendations would bring about greater electoral equality between each ward.