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Vision, values and successes

Our vision

Our vision statement is, 'Making South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore'

Our four priority areas to achieve this are:

Our council plan describes the key projects we will undertake in each of these priority areas.

Our values

In working on, and delivering, our council plan we keep our three key values in mind. These are:

  • empowering people. By listening to our customers and our employees. Their ideas and comments will help us make improvements to customer service and workforce development
  • excellence. Seeking continuous improvement in what we do, ensuring that our actions address the needs of South Lakeland
  • openness and transparency. Being courteous, efficient and transparent in our dealings with the public

Our successes since 2016 to 2017

We have established a collaborative partnership with Barrow Borough Council and Lancaster City Council with the intention of working jointly to identify and exploit opportunities for investment and growth, along with the private sector and other partners, across the whole of the Morecambe Bay area.

The Mintworks, which is fully occupied, provides an environment for businesses to grow with 10 flexible offices, as well as meeting and conference facilities for business events, skills training and networking.

We have awarded community grants worth £285,000 in the past year to projects ranging from rural broadband installation and new playgrounds to major schemes to rejuvenate a tourism destination and tackle village congestion problems, through our Locally Important Projects (LIPs) funding scheme.

We are working with communities across the district to rejuventate parks and playgrounds, in a £600,000 improvement programme. New parks have been completed at Sandylands, Hallgarth and Rinkfield in Kendal, Oxenholme and Rothay Park, Ambleside, with other projects ongoing at Ulverston, Windermere, Grange and Nobles Rest in Kendal.

From 2016 to 2017 we investigated 380 reports of fly tipping reports across the district and investigated 291 abandoned vehicles.

We have partnered with Craven District Council to launch Great Place. This partnership has been created to form an area of Great Place where a sustainable, resilient, creative community and economy exists, celebrating the distinctiveness of place, the skill and experience of creative people and a god quality of life, which in turn will retain and attract younger people to our districts to influence, support and create our future economy.

The Community Safety Partnership has focused on tackling alcohol rated crime through a theatre tour, ‘Loudmouth’. This tour was performed across nine Barrow and South Lakeland schools to use drama performance to demonstrate the dangers and potential risks of drugs and alcohol to students. 99% of students felt the programme helped young people to stay safe around alcohol.

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