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Vision, values and successes

Our vision remains:

Making South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore

Our four priorities to achieve this remain:

This council plan highlights the key projects this council will deliver within the four priorities.

Our values

The delivery of this Council Plan is influenced by our three key values. These are:

Empowering People

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

Open and Transparent

Being courteous, efficient and transparent in our dealings with the public

Our successes since 2014

We bought an empty office unit in Kendal town centre and opened a new enterprise centre, 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.

The council-run business advice programme has helped with the start-up of 110 new businesses in the district since 2012, ranging from a shop selling video games to a fashion designer setting up his own label.

Supporting the economy we have approved a £350 million new GSK facility in Ulverston which is predicted to provide more than 700 jobs.

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 the council’s Locally Important Projects (LIPs) funding scheme.

This year the council concluded the transfer of its Coronation Hall venue in Ulverston to the management of a community Enterprise group. This has created a new civic and community ‘hub’ in the town and help to secure the longer term future of the Coronation Hall. The town hall building is to be redeveloped for 19 affordable housing units.

We have embarked on a major £13 million project to redevelop sports facilities in Ulverston, in partnership with our operator Greenwich Leisure Limited.

We invested £280,000 on a major upgrade project at the promenade at Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, which is now completed.

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