Pay Apply Report

Submissions and recommendations for other parishes

Stage one of the review was a consultation period, where we invited local residents, parish councils, community groups and other interested groups to make a comment or submission. We considered the submissions and published our draft recommendations in stage two. We held another consultation period during stage three. We considered the submissions in stage four and have now published our final recommendations, which will need to be approved before full council on 23 July 2019. The meeting agenda, community governance review report and meeting minutes will appear as and when they are published.

Once there are some final recommendations approved by full council, we will draw up the Reorganisation of Community Governance Orders. This is due to happen in August 2019.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) must approve the final recommendation that affect Windermere Parish. This is because they've looked at and changed the electoral arrangements for this area within the last five years, in the 2017 South Lakeland Further Electoral Review. The decision to accept our final recommendations for Windermere Parish (and if they’re approved, when they would come into effect) will be made by the LGBCE.

Parishes we haven't made recommendations or comments for

There were some were some parish councils and meetings that didn't make a submission at any point during the review, and for most of these parishes we haven't made any recommendations or comments. There were also a number of parishes that made a short submission in stage one stating that they did not wish to make any changes, and we didn't go on to make any recommendations or comments. The names of these parishes and their submissions (if any) can be found in the overview of submissions and recommendations.

Parishes we have made recommendations or comments for

Below is a list of parishes where we have made some form of comment or recommendation during the review.

Arnside

Our final recommendations (stage four)

A final recommendation has been made to reduce the number of councillors on Arnside Parish Council to eight, to ensure effective and convenient community governance. This decision was based on the comments we received in stage one, and the government guidance on parish council size.

This recommendation has been made to ensure effective and convenient community governance.

Stage three submissions 

We didn't receive any comments regarding this parish during stage three of the review. 

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We took the comments from Arnside Parish Council into account and have noted a pattern of a high number of vacancies on the Council. We recommended a reduction in the number of councillors to eight. We recommended this number, rather than six, to ensure effective and convenient community governance.

Stage one submissions

Stage one submission from Arnside Parish Council (PDF 141KB / 1 page)

Arnside proposed to reduce the 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. 

Dent

Our final recommendations (stage four)

It is recommended that the parish wards of Dent and Cowgill are abolished, and that Dent Parish Council is unwarded. The parish council would retain nine councillors each of whom would represent the entire parish. Warding is considered as electoral arrangements, and we are proposing that this alteration will come into effect at the next ordinary elections for Dent Parish Council, in May 2020. This recommendation is made to ensure that the arrangements reflect the identities and interests of the communities and that local governance is effective and convenient.

 Map of the final recommendation for Dent Parish Council (PDF 358KB / 1 page)

Stage three submissions 

We received no comments regarding this parish during stage three of the review. 

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We recommended Dent Parish Council's proposal, to ensure that community governance is effective and convenient, and reflects community identities and interests in the area. 

Stage one submissions 

Submission from Dent Parish Council (PDF 142KB / 1 page) 

Map of Dent Parish Council (PDF 4MB / 1 page) 

Dent Parish Council 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. 

Duddon

Our stage four comment

No final recommendations have been made. Although Duddon Parish Council's proposal may have had merit, it was raised at a late point of stage three, which left little time for local consultation and engagement.

Duddon Parish Council is a grouped parish council, not a warded parish, and is made up of the separate parishes of Angerton, Broughton West and Dunnerdale-and-Seathwaite. To become a single parish with wards, Duddon Parish would need to be dissolved and the three individual parishes abolished. A new parish would then be created, with new warding arrangements. There are legal provisions for a grouped parish council to dissolve outside of a Community Governance Review, which could be explored by Duddon Parish Council if it wishes. 

Stage three submissions 

Stage three submission from Duddon Parish Council (PDF 96KB / 1 page)

Duddon Parish Council would like to see the wards abolished.

The reason for this is that they feel there is unfair representation, in particular with Angerton ward, where there are a very small number of people on the register. This ward has been uncontested for many years and if the current councillor retired, it would be most unlikely to be represented by an elector from Angerton. This is also the case with Dunnerdale-with-Seaton, one of their two councillors resides in the Broughton West ward.

The Parish Council also feel that wards can confuse the electorate. This year for example, there were eleven people standing for seven seats on Broughton West with Dunnderdale-and-Seathwaite uncontested, however people may think they are voting for the whole ten seats when they are in fact voting for seven on Broughton West

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We made no draft recommendations for this parish. 

Stage one submissions 

We received no comments about this parish during stage one of the review.

Fawcett Forest, and Whitwell & Selside

Our final recommendations (stage four)

Our final recommendation is that the parishes of Whitwell & Selside and of Fawcett Forest, are abolished and that a new parish, called Selside & Fawcett Forest, should be created. The parish wouldn't have a parish council, it would remain a parish meeting. 

Whilst no comments on our draft recommendation were received, we have made our final recommendation to ensure effective and convenient community governance in the area. 

Map of the final recommendation for a new parish of Selside & Fawcett Forest (PDF 504KB / 1 page)

Stage three submissions 

We sent a letter to all households in Fawcett Forest, detailing our draft recommendations and inviting comments. None were received during stage three of the review. 

We received feedback from Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Meeting of 26 April 2019 suggesting that the new parish is named Selside & Fawcett Forest.

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

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 proposed 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 recommended that the new parish be called Selside Parish, and for it to have a parish meeting rather than a parish council. 

Map of Fawcett Forest and Whitwell & Selside (PDF 5MB / 1 page) 

We recommended this change to ensure that community governance is effective and convenient, and reflects the identities and interests of the local communities. 

Stage one submissions 

There were no comments about Fawcett Forest Parish Meeting or Whitwell & Selside Parish Meeting during stage one of the review. 

Grange

Our final recommendations (stage four)

A final recommendation has been made to abolish the parish wards of Grange West and Grange South and merge them to create a new ward called Grange South. The new parish ward would have five councillors. We are proposing that the changes come into effect at the next ordinary elections for Grange Town Council, which are scheduled for May 2023. 

If the Town Council's proposal of three wards was taken forward, the current polling arrangements in the area would be affected and a new polling station would be required in one of the wards. This would increase election costs and could potentially cause confusion for local residents. We have therefore recommended two wards, instead of three, to ensure that local governance is effective and convenient. 

Map of the final recommendation for the parish of Grange (PDF 276KB / 1 page)

Stage three submissions 

Stage three submission from Grange Town Council (PDF 99KB / 1 page)

There was one submission from Grange Town Council, partly in support of the draft recommendation. They agree that the Grange West ward is an anomaly and that the wards should be reformed, and that there should still be nine councillors. However, they feel that three wards (instead of two) would be more equal. The proposed new wards would be called Grange South, Grange North and Grange Central, to show their geographical location within the parish.   

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We proposed to alter the warding in this parish. 

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. Since the May 2018 elections, the entire Grange over Sands parish sits within the district ward of Grange. 

Our draft recommendation was 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 proposed that Grange South should have have five councillors. 

Map of current South and West wards for the parish of Grange (PDF 1MB / 1 page)

The average elector to councillor ratio for Grange is currently 401 to 1. The forecasted elector to councillor ratio for the new wards was: 

  • Grange North: 419 to 1
  • Grange South: 387 to 1 

We 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. 

Stage one submissions 

We received no formal submissions regarding the parish of Grange during stage one of the review. 

Kirkby Ireleth

Our final recommendations (stage four)

No changes to the current arrangements. The draft recommendations regarding the naming of Kirkby Ireleth's wards will not be taken forward.

Whilst draft recommendations were made to alter the names of parish wards, no consultation responses were received. However, as a result of conversations with the parish and research in the area it was clear that there was little support for changing the names. Here, the word ‘quarter’ is taken to mean an area with particular characteristics. 

Stage three submissions 

We received no comments about this parish during stage three of this review. 

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We recommended a small change to the naming of the wards in Kirkby Ireleth Parish Council. As there are only three wards, we proposed to drop the word 'quarter' from those particular wards. 

We proposed to name the wards as below:

  • Kirkby Ireleth: Lower
  • Kirkby Ireleth: Central
  • Kirkby Ireleth: Heathlands 

We were keen to hear suggestions for other, more appropriate, names in stage three that better reflect the identities and interests of the community in that area. 

Stage one submissions 

We didn't receive formal submissions regarding the parish of Kirkby Ireleth during stage one of the review. 

Lower Allithwaite

Our final recommendations 

There are three final recommendations for Lower Allithwaite Parish Council. All the recommendations have been made to provide effective and convenient community governance whilst still reflecting the identities and interests of the communities in the area. If approved by Council, the recommendations will come into effect at the next ordinary elections of the parish council, now moved to May 2022 as a result of recommendation 3. 

Final recommendation 1: warding

The wards of Cartmel and Upper Holker should be abolished and a new parish ward, made up of those two wards merged together, should be created. This ward is to be called Cartmel with Upper Holker. We initially recommended retaining the three wards of the parish council, but felt that the response from Lower Allithwaite Parish Council provided good arguments for reducing to a pattern of two wards. We also felt that this worked better alongside final recommendation 2, to reduce councillors.

Map of the final recommendations for the parish of Lower Allithwaite (PDF 512KB / 1 page)

Final recommendation 2: number of councillors

The number of councillors on the parish council should reduce to eleven.  The ward of Allithwaite would have six councillors, and the ward of Cartmel with Upper Holker would have five councillors. 

Lower Allithwaite currently has fifteen councillors which is high for a parish of its size. The guidance from government says that a parish of this size should have between six and twelve councillors. We initially recommended reducing to ten councillors. However, after consultation with the Parish Council, and looking at the take-up of seats in previous elections it was decided to alter the recommendation to eleven councillors. 

Final recommendation 3: electoral cycle

The election cycle of Lower Allithwaite Parish Council should alter, so it holds its next ordinary election in 2022, and each fourth year thereafter. 

This proposal is made to ensure its ordinary elections coincide with district ward elections in the wards of Cartmel and Grange. This is more convenient for local residents, as well as giving the parish council the opportunity to hold combined elections leading to administrative and cost benefits. 

The initial recommendation suggested holding the next election in May 2020, however on reflection 2022 has been chosen to allow the current parish council time to adjust to the new cycle and other changes proposed in this review. The currently elected councillors are due to retire in May 2023. This term will be cut short by one year in order for the new elections to take place. 

Our stage four comment: name

We acknowledge Lower Allithwaite Parish Council's wish to change the name to Allithwaite and Cartmel Parish and we think this proposal has merit. However, it hasn't been out to consultation and we took the view that something as important to the identities and interests of the parish as a change of name shouldn't be made without broad support from within the parish. Therefore, the decision was made not to make a final recommendation to change the parish name.

It should also be noted that Lower Allithwaite Parish Council can make a request to the Council outside a Community Governance Review to change the parish name, and this was taken into account in the decision-making process.

Stage three submissions 

Stage three submission from Lower Allithwaite Parish Council (PDF 102KB / 1 page)

We received one response, from Lower Allithwaite Parish Council, with the following proposals:

  • that the Parish Council be renamed 'Allithwaite and Cartmel Parish Council', as it was felt this would better identify the area of responsibility of the Council
  • that the Parish should have only two wards, called Allithwaite and Cartmel with Upper Holker. It was felt that this would give wider access to councillors for electors in the Upper Holker area
  • that the new Allithwaite ward has six councillors, and Cartmel with Upper Holker has five

They did not comment on our draft proposal to alter the electoral cycle.

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

Draft recommendation 1: number of councillors 

We recommended 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 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
 Allithwaite Grange
 Cartmel Cartmel
 Upper Holker Cartmel

Lower Allithwaite Parish Council and the district ward of Grange both had 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. 

Stage one submissions 

We received no comments regarding this parish in stage one of the review. 

Lower Holker

Our final recommendations (stage four)

The election cycle of Lower Holker Parish Council should alter, so it holds its next ordinary election in 2022, and each fourth year thereafter. 

This recommendation is made to ensure its ordinary elections coincide with district ward elections in the district ward of Cartmel. This is more convenient for local residents, as well as giving the parish council the opportunity to hold combined elections, leading to administrative and cost benefits. 

The current councillors are due to retire in May 2023. This term will be cut short by one year in order for the new elections to take place. 

Stage three submissions 

Submission from Lower Holker Parish Council (PDF 95KB / 1 page)

There was one submission from Lower Holker Parish Council, proposing their election cycle be rescheduled to coincide with the District elections. The next Parish election would be held in 2022 (rather than 2023 as currently scheduled) and every four years thereafter.

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

We made no draft recommendations. 

Stage one submissions 

Submission from Lower Holker Parish Council (PDF 89KB / 1 page)

Skelwith 

Our final recommendations (stage four)

The election cycle of Skelwith Parish Council should alter, so it holds ordinary elections in 2023, and each fourth year thereafter. 

Skelwith is due to hold its next ordinary election in 2020, this will still take place, but the next year of ordinary election should be 2023 and each fourth year thereafter. We are proposing this to ensure that its ordinary elections coincide with district ward elections in the Ambleside ward of South Lakeland. This is more convenient for local residents, as well as giving the parish council the opportunity to hold combined elections, leading to administrative and cost benefits.

The next ordinary election for this parish is 2020, moving the parish council elections to 2022 would mean extending the current councillors term to six years. The decision was taken that this would not be the most appropriate course of action and that the 2020 election should take place as planned. Councillors elected in 2020 will serve a shortened three year term, retiring in May 2023. 

Stage three submissions

No comments were received during stage three of the review. 

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

Skelwith Parish Council next 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

Stage 1 submission

We received no comments about Skelwith during stage one of the review. 

Ulverston  

Our stage four comment

No changes. Whilst there were comments early in the process regarding the naming of parish wards, no further comments were made during stage three of the consultation. 

Stage three submissions 

We received no comments regarding this parish during stage three of the review.

Our comments (stage two)

Although we didn't recommend changes to the electoral arrangements for Ulverston Town Council, we were aware of some suggestions to alter the ward names to give them a clearer description and better reflect community identities and sought views on this in stage three.

Stage one submissions 

We received no comments about Ulverston in stage one of the review. 

Windermere

Our final recommendations (stage four)

The final recommendation is to reduce the number of councillors on Windermere Parish Council to sixteen. The split between wards would be as follows:

 Ward Number of councillors
Applethwaite Four
Bowness North  Four
Bowness South Four
Windermere Town Four

Windermere Town Council currently has twenty councillors and has carried many vacancies in recent years. Recent elections have also been uncontested, including the last election in May 2019 which took place during the Community Governance Review. 

Government guidance on parish council size (also published in the terms of reference) indicate that a parish council the size of Windermere is recommended to have between nine and sixteen councillors. 

We acknowledge the comment from Windermere Town Council on this matter, who wish to remain at the current number, and we have amended our initial draft amount up from thirteen to sixteen. The decision was taken that twenty is too high, given the guidance and history of vacancies and uncontested elections and that sixteen is a good working number based on recent uptake of vacancies on this council.

Stage three submissions 

Stage three submission from Windermere Town Council (PDF 95KB / 1 page)

One submission was received from Windermere Town Council, in objection to the draft recommendation.

The Town Council understand the reasoning behind our draft recommendation to reduce the Council size, and the concerns about a democratic deficit if the current situation of unfilled vacancies continues. However, they feel that our proposal ignores the contribution the Town Council makes to the community. It would reduce the scope for the potential number of volunteers (i.e. town councillors) who will work free of charge in the community and take on services under a localism agenda that are increasingly left vacant by larger Councils due to cutbacks.

They proposed to keep the Council at twenty members and have a renewed focus on the recruitment of new councillors.

Our draft recommendations (stage two)

Windermere Town Council currently has twenty councillors and we sought views in stage three on reducing the number to thirteen. 

We 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 proposed 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. 

Stage one submissions 

We received no comments about Windermere in stage one of the review. 

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