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Annual report, culture and wellbeing

Performance on Culture and Wellbeing priorities

Throughout 2017 to 2018 the council has supported a wide variety of cultural activities across the whole district such as Comic Arts Festival, Great North Swim, Kendal Mountain Festival and the Tour of Britain. In July 2017 the Lake District achieved World Heritage Status which recognises the unique cultural and social heritage of the area as well as creating long term economic investment prospects. World Heritage Site status ranks the Lake District alongside destinations including the Taj Mahal, Tower of London and Great Barrier Reef in its worldwide importance.

In partnership with Craven District Council, SLDC successfully secured Heritage Lottery Funding to undertake a three year pilot programme called Great Place. The programme is designed to join up the cultural and heritage assets and activities with economic and social growth across both districts. The programme launched in September 2017 and is supported by the Lake District National Park Authority, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and other lead national cultural organisations and major local partners.

In 2017 the council joined together with key partners to coordinate a ‘Building Financial Resilience’ group to reduce poverty across the district. In January 2018, the End Child Poverty charity stated that 2,168 children are living in poverty across the district. The partnership group has joined together to launch initiatives to reduce poverty in South Lakeland.

The South Lakeland and Barrow Community Safety Partnership successfully secured funding for £150,000 across two years to launch the Applied Theatre in Cumbria (ATiC) project. In 2017 to 2018 the project worked with 10 schools from South Lakeland and Barrow undertaking workshops and theatre performances promoting mental health and personal resilience.

This year the council opened sixth round of bids for Locally Important Projects (LIPs) to award 2018-19. 19 projects were awarded a total of £222,000 from the LIPs budget which supported projects such as refurbishing the Kirkby in Furness Community Centre, an indoor play centre in Kendal called Outside In, and several green spaces improvement works. An additional £17,000 from Economic Development resources was awarded to a Burton in Kendal conservation project.

Alongside all other Cumbrian authorities, SLDC signed a Healthy Weight Declaration which will increase partnership working to tackle overweight and obesity levels in Cumbria. The declaration means authorities will be committed to lowering unhealthy weight numbers and helping residents make healthier choices through the development of healthier policies.


  • 100% of licensing applications were completed in the statutory timescale
  • the public protection team handled 3,121 service requests
  • delivered eight public sessions to avoid online fraud and crime
  • South Lakeland is in the top 2% nationally for culture
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